Lord Mayors to host national homelessness summit

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors will in the next few months host a national summit on homelessness and housing affordability as they renew their efforts for an Australia-wide strategy to address the problem.

Their decision follows a meeting this week in Brisbane between the lord mayors and Assistant Housing Minister Luke Howarth.

“We need to work together to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness and housing stress in cities across Australia,” Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, said.

“As Mayors we want to work together with State and Federal Governments to create a national homelessness strategy. The summit will help fast-track our efforts and bring national attention to the homelessness we’re seeing far too often on the streets of our major cities.”

ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, told Assistant Minister Howarth two steps the Commonwealth could take are letting the states and territories refinance their historic housing debts with lower interest rates, and freeing up unused Commonwealth land for affordable housing projects.