The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs launched an interim report on its inquiry into homelessness, focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing and homelessness issues.
The report found that
- the collaboration between services and government to ensure vulnerable people are kept safe provided hope for ending homelessness
- a safe, secure home is essential to ensure people can isolate and reduce the risks of transmitting or contracting COVID-19
- there are concerns about domestic and family violence as a result of the stay home directive
- COVID-19 highlights the crucial link between housing and health