Federal homeless cuts to hurt locals

FEDERAL budget cuts to homelessness services look likely to affect local service providers.

Federal budget cuts to homelessness services look likely to affect local service providers.

Federal budget cuts to homelessness services look likely to affect local service providers.

The Social Services Department removed a $21.13 million allocation to Homelessness Australia as a government saving as part of last year's federal budget.

As a result, Homelessness Australia as the peak body for homelessness service providers will no longer be able to provide funding under the Housing and Homelessness Improvement and Sector Support Program.

West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Joanne Clark said the organisation had not yet lost funding, but was expected to under the changes.

"Technically we have not yet lost funding, our national peak body Homelessness Australia that provides extensive support to our service has, two days before Christmas," she said.

"What we are waiting to hear about is a 30 per cent cut, which when you take into account that (the federal funding cut) has happened, this will more than likely occur."

Ms Clark said the ongoing issues from the cuts would cause further problems than just having less funding available.

"The issue is when our peaks are defunded it then means there is no united voice to represent us as a sector," she said.

Ms Clark said there were other avenues of funding the service would look into, however funding cuts from the Housing and Homelessness Improvement and Sector Support Program would be felt more significantly throughout Port Lincoln.

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