Citing its lack of impact in the fight against homelessness and the increased affordability of housing, the Commonwealth government abolished the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) in 2017 and replaced it with the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). Australia`s housing and homelessness policy is at a critical point. Housing stress has reached historic highs, there is a severe shortage of social housing and an increasing number of low-income households are being squeezed out of the private rental market. In this context, the federal government is developing a new National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) that will replace existing national agreements that provide national and regional governments with funding for housing and homelessness programs. The NHHA represents $125 million for homeless services in 2019-20. States and territories will provide these funds. Among its commitments, the Commonwealth is committed to making a financial contribution to the states; Monitoring and evaluation of performance to ensure results are delivered within agreed timeframes; And to highlight the development of improved data and a nationally consistent data set containing state contributions through a working group on housing and homelessness data. Starting in 2018/19, the Commonwealth is expected to make available to state and state governments (exclusive GST), with the Commonwealth`s financial contribution maintained and indexed annually from 2019 to 20 20. The agreement expires on June 30, 2023 and is replaced by the written agreement of the Commonwealth and States for an additional period of up to five years. Funding for housing and homelessness is part of the NHHA: under the NHHA, federal and regional governments are responsible for setting priorities and the nature and location of funded services.
The governments of the federal states and territories also make decisions on social and communal housing, including the construction, allocation and rehabilitation of housing. While the governments of the federal states and territories are the main culprits for housing and homelessness, the Commonwealth funds housing and homelessness. These include Commonwealth Rent Assistance to help legitimate Australians cover their rental costs, and the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), which began on July 1, 2018. As a positive sign for the sector, the NHHA cites communal housing as one of its six priority areas.