Greens NSW Housing and Homelessness spokesperson Jenny Leong MP has called out the NSW Liberal’s announcement today which reports a ‘$1 Billion Boost for Sydney’s Rough Sleepers’ as nothing short of spin.

“The current approach to homelessness in NSW has been a disaster with a 37% increase in homelessness while the Liberals have been in charge," Jenny Leong MP said.
“What’s been announced today seems to be basically business as usual, with the Liberals trying to big talk their spend as $1 billion for homelessness, when in reality this announcement seems to only have $61 million in new money over four years.

“The Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing knows full well that helping people with their housing applications, assisting them with temporary accomodation or connecting them with services aren’t genuine solutions when these systems are already in crisis.

“There are over 100,000 people currently approved for housing languishing on the decade long waiting list, and services providing crisis accomodation and support are already overstretched and unable to meet demand.”

"It is nothing short of spin to try to present this as a billion dollar boost for homelessness when much of what is 'announced' is not new and already isn't working to reduce homelessness.

“The Greens are committed to a Housing First approach to homelessness - we need a massive overhaul of the current approach, a significant boost in investment in social and affordable housing as well as increased funding for the services that support those who don’t have a place to call home.”

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