Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Govt beds down $6.8m funding for homelessness projects

Associate Housing Minister, Marama Davidson, has announced $6.8 million in funding from the Government’s Local Innovation and Partnership Fund (LIPF) to support local work and projects that respond to and prevent homelessness.

The Minister said the third round of LIPF funding will open on 1 November.

“Homelessness is not inevitable and it can be solved. This latest round of funding is the next step our Government is taking to do just that,” Ms Davidson said.

“Homelessness in Aotearoa did not happen overnight. It is the result of decades of underinvestment by previous governments. We are turning this around and supporting more people to find safe, secure places to live.

“Ending homelessness means getting to a place where it’s rare, brief, and gets solved appropriately and quickly when it does happen,” she said.

Since the fund was established in 2020, it has supported groups all over Aotearoa to develop innovative solutions that work for their communities, the Minister said.

“For this next round we want to see applications coming in from organisations working on new and innovative ways to address homelessness especially for communities that are more likely to experience discrimination and isolation.”

“A safe home is the foundation on which our lives are built. Today is another next step in our plan to ensure everyone has a warm, safe, and secure place to live,” said Ms Davidson.

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