Breaking the cycle of homelessness
The State Government's approach to tackling homelessness is continuing to yield positive results, according to data released by the Productivity Commission today.
Minister for Social Housing Tony Piccolo said figures contained in the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services 2014 demonstrated moves to break the cycle of homelessness were paying off.
Key highlights of the report included:
- South Australia had the highest proportion of people who achieved independent housing after receiving homelessness support (64.5 per cent, compared to the national average of 61.2 per cent)
- South Australia had the highest proportion of clients aged between 12 and 18 years old who needed education and/or training assistance who entered into formal study or training after support (90.4 per cent, against a national average of 67.9 per cent)
- South Australia had the lowest proportion of clients experiencing repeat periods of homelessness (3.4 per cent, compared with the national average of four per cent)
"A key component of our approach to homelessness is linking people to the supports they need to break the cycle of homelessness," Mr Piccolo said.
"This shows that approach is making a positive difference in the lives of South Australians.
"In addition, we've seen Housing SA continue to punch above its weight in the provision of homes to those South Australians who need it most, with more than 83 per cent of homes allocated to those in the greatest need.
"Also, the average turnaround time for a vacant public housing property is 21.7 days – dropping for the third consecutive year, with South Australia still having the second lowest turnaround time of any state or territory.
"Our reform of the sector, our investment in more social and affordable housing and our support of innovative approaches to homelessness like Common Ground are continuing to deliver positive results.
"We will continue investing in those services that are making a positive difference in the lives of those South Australians who are experiencing homelessness, and that help them get their lives back on track."