Submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan Issues Paper
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the development of a National Plan for Housing and Homelessness. We support the development of a plan which provides guidance on a national approach to housing and homelessness, providing direction for intergovernmental approaches and responsibility to address the current housing crisis, both in the short and long-term. This submission has been developed based on feedback regarding housing and homelessness provided by PWDA’s individual advocates and our members who are people with disability.
Since 2022, PWDA’s individual advocacy team has supported 1,120 people with housing as either a primary or secondary issue. We have also supported 210 people with homelessness, either as a primary or secondary issue. The numbers of people seeking advocacy support through PWDA for both issues are increasing.
PWDA has further experience and insights about housing from our Building Access project, funded by Women NSW under the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Innovation Fund. The Building Access project aims to better meet the needs of women and children with disability accessing crisis accommodation in NSW and works towards improving the accessibility of these services.