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Shelter in the storm – COVID-19 and homelessness


Commonwealth of Australia 2020


On 11 February 2020, the Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, and the Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, the Hon Luke Howarth MP, jointly asked the Committee to examine homelessness in Australia.

1.2 The Committee called for submissions. On 31 March 2020, in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Committee decided to suspend the inquiry until a later date. On 12 May 2020, the inquiry resumed and the Committee announced on its website that it would:
…particularly welcome submissions addressing the impact of Covid-19 on homelessness in Australia, and encourages community groups and others to share their experiences in responding to the Covid-19 situation.

An interim report is now available from the work of the this enquiry.

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