On 21 December 2008, the former Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP and former Minister for Housing, Tanya Plibersek MP, released the Government's White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home.
The Road Home sets the strategic agenda for reducing homelessness to 2020. Homelessness can affect anyone and reducing it is everyone's responsibility. Working together, with national leadership and towards a common goal, homelessness can be prevented. Australia's efforts to reduce homelessness have to be urgent, as well as sustained.
Specifically, The Road Home goals by 2020 are to:
- Halve overall homelessness; and
- Offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it.
National Affordable Housing Agreement
The National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) supports the implementation of the White Paper and aims to ensure that all Australians have access to affordable, safe and sustainable housing that contributes to social and economic participation.
The NAHA provides $6.2 billion worth of housing assistance to low and middle income Australians in the first five years.
The NAHA is supported by the National Partnership Agreements on: