As a member of the Cairns community services, SHAC actively and collaboratively participates in a number of federal, state and regional strategies all aimed at reducing homelessness and financial hardship and their impact on the individual, family and community.
The 2008 Australian Governments White Paper: The Road Home: A National Approach to Reducing Homelessness and the subsequent New Ways Home: Cairns Homelessness Community Action Plan (2010-2013) provide current 'vehicles' for SHAC to continue this work.
The Government's new approach to homelessness will aim to:
As a commitment to this, SHAC has self funded a Homelessness & Financial Inclusion Project Worker (12 month part time position), to explore current and new ways of addressing the financial exclusion needs impacting on families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Cairns.Specifically this project will focus on young families with children under 8 years of age. This approach is consistent with our broader goal of 'breaking the cycle' of homelessness.