A $9.8 million package to help clean up homelessness on the streets of Melbourne and move people into transitional housing has been announced by the Victorian Government, ABC News reports.
It comes after authorities recently attempted to remove a camp of homeless people outside Flinders Street Station who had spreading their bedding and belongings across the footpath.
Forty people will be given immediate transitional housing under the plan while new housing is built.
Housing Minister Martin Foley said 30 new permanent modular homes would be built on public land by the end of the year.
“There’ll be no reason why a rough sleeper in the city cannot this evening move in towards transitional housing with a guarantee that over the next two years there’ll be permanent supported housing available for them,” he said.
Mr Foley said the transient homeless population was about 250 in Melbourne’s CBD.
“We want to make sure the people that are rough sleeping in the central city district know that living on the street is an unhealthy and unsustainable way of living,” he said.
“This is a guaranteed pathway to a roof and a guaranteed pathway to a better life.”
Mr Foley said Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Tony Nicholson would oversee the delivery of the package.
He said Mr Nicholson would coordinate services currently available to the homeless in the city.
VincentCare Victoria chief executive John Blewonski said he believed it was important community groups worked together.
“Until you establish someone in housing you can’t begin to address their underlying issue, whether that’s been around family violence, whether that’s been around drug and alcohol, mental health and so on.
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