The ACT Greens have shifted gears in their Legislative Assembly campaign, from transport to a focus on affordable housing. The first in a series of announcements is a greater investment in existing crisis support services for Canberrans who don’t have a place to call home.
“In a peaceful, fortunate city like Canberra the number of people we are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness, is unacceptable,” said Veronica Wensing, the Greens’ candidate for Yerrabi and spokesperson on housing.
“Putting the community first means supporting people when they are at their most vulnerable - and helping them achieve their potential when things are going well.
“That’s why the Greens have committed $100,000 every year to the Early Morning Centre to connect Canberrans who are homeless with essential medical, legal and support services as well as giving them something to eat.
“We will also extend the opening hours of the ACT Government’s ‘One Link’ service to better support homeless Canberrans who may be in crisis or need support outside of business hours.
“I have spent over 20 years working with women and children fleeing violence and abuse, many of whom end up without any money, accommodation or support. Most of us have seen someone sleeping rough or know someone who hasn’t had anywhere to stay.
“The Greens are committed to doing everything we can to end homelessness in the ACT to ensure that every member of our community has somewhere safe they can live with dignity,” Ms Wensing concluded.
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