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The State Government is committed to working with its partners to reform the homelessness system, to get the best outcomes for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

The Future Directions for Homelessness has now been released.  It outlines South Australia’s transformation plan for the homelessness system, through an alliance model which will see SA Housing Authority and the service providers working together to deliver better outcomes.

Throughout October and November 2020, a series of sector workshops will be conducted to help service providers provide feedback and prepare for the new alliance model. These workshops will be hosted by SA Housing Authority.  Further information about the Alliance workshops.

In December, a tender will be seeking the submissions for the provision of homelessness, and domestic and family violence services from 1 July 2021.

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To learn more about the Future Directions for Homelessness and how to participate watch the below video.

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Our Housing Future 2020-2030

In December 2019, the South Australian Government released the ‘Our Housing Future Strategy 2020-2030’, a 10-year plan for better housing outcomes across South Australia.   The strategy committed to working with the specialist homelessness sector to design a new system that will better meet the needs of South Australians experiencing homelessness. The release of Future Directions for Homelessness is part of these reforms.

The reforms aim to provide better services that:

  • prevent people from falling into homelessness
  • ensure people get the right support they need, when they need it
  • rapidly rehouse people into safe, stable and long-term housing so they don’t cycle in and out of homelessness.

We are working to deliver a system-wide reform in the way homelessness services are delivered across South Australia with the intent to develop a more integrated collaborative network of services to prevent and respond to needs.  The reform recognises the power of collective impact approaches to addressing complex issues and the need to work together to address shared challenges.

Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) in South Australia are primarily provided by non government agencies.  They include generic (adult), and specialist services for youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and domestic and family violence services with annual funding of approximately $70 million, through the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) and state contributions.