Like much of the country, South Australia faces a range of housing and homelessness challenges.
The Government of South Australia and its partners in the housing and homelessness sector are committed to working together to develop a new Housing and Homelessness Strategy for the State that provides better housing outcomes for South Australians.
The new strategy will consider a broad range of housing and homelessness issues, including market and affordability, supports and services, social housing and Aboriginal housing. It will address how to meet current and future housing needs, and aims to provide a common vision for the future of housing in South Australia.
The Strategy will be developed by the SA Housing Authority in partnership with the housing and homelessness sector and the broader community, to find shared solutions to shared housing and homelessness challenges. The strategy will be released by 31 December 2019.
Extensive engagement with all parts of the housing sector, and with South Australians across the State, will provide a better understanding of housing and homelessness issues and possible solutions and is vital to shaping a successful and sustainable strategy.
Housing and Homelessness Taskforce
The SA Housing Authority hosted an Industry Forum in Adelaide in November 2018 to work closely with the sector to plan a shared approach to developing the new strategy. This Industry Forum brought together about 80 key representatives from across the housing and homelessness sector, to discuss shared housing challenges and shape how government would work with the sector and the broader community to develop the strategy.
Following the Industry Forum, the Minister for Human Services, Michelle Lensink, appointed the SA Housing and Homelessness Taskforce. The Taskforce brought together key representatives from across the housing and homelessness sector to develop a Strategic Intent. The Strategic Intent is a roadmap for how the strategy will be developed. It outlines a shared vision for housing, homelessness and support in South Australia over the next 10 years and includes outcomes, objectives and principles that aim to improve housing outcomes for South Australians.
The South Australian community will play an important role in shaping the new strategy. Participation in this online engagement will provide feedback and ideas about housing and homelessness issues and introduce a wide range of perspectives.
Extensive engagement is being undertaken to ensure that the voices of as many South Australians as possible – from a wide range of perspectives - are considered in the development of the new strategy. You can contribute to the new strategy by getting involved in this engagement.