Commenting, National Spokesperson for the Simon Community Wayne Stanley said ‘We note the legislative difficulties that the Minister has outlined. However, the 11th hour and seemingly piecemeal nature of the decision has been cruel for those individuals and families at risk of homelessness. The lifting of the moratoria has to be contingent on the government putting in place an array of preventative supports to keep as many individuals and families out of homelessness as is possible.’
Stanley continued ‘Minister O’Brien can lead the way by driving the rollout of an all of government preventative response. Before we pull away these protections, we have to put in place the preventative measures needed to ensure that already vulnerable households are not pushed into homelessness once the moratoria are lifted. Putting adequate preventative measure in place will take time and the government should ensure that the moratoria are in place until that work is done.’
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