Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today said young people at risk of homelessness in the NT would receive greater support through the Coalition Government’s long-term funding commitment to Reconnect.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government has provided up to $6.89 million to six Reconnect services in the Northern Territory.
“Reconnect provides support and assistance to young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless,” Senator Scullion said.
“Reconnect services help stabilise the lives of vulnerable young Territorians by keeping them connected with their families, communities, and education or employment opportunities.
“The Reconnect programme in the Northern Territory is operated by several providers and I encourage anyone who knows someone in a vulnerable housing situation to use this service.
“Anglicare NT runs Reconnect services in Darwin, Palmerston and East Arnhem. The Melaleuca Refugee Centre also run Reconnect services in Darwin while in Alice Springs the Gap Youth and Community Centre runs the service and the Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi service clients who come into Alice Springs from the communities of Papunya, Mt. Leibig, Santa Teresa, Titjikala, Kintore, Haasts Bluff, Areyonga, Ntaria and Atitjere.
“The Coalition Government’s new five-year funding commitment to Reconnect from 1 July 2018 will enable services to intervene before crisis occurs.
“The final two years of funding will be tied to providers achieving measurable improvements in prevention and early intervention.”
The Coalition Government is providing up to $117 million to 102 Reconnect services across Australia, on top of an additional $375 million to frontline homelessness services over the three years from 1 July 2018.
For more information on Reconnect services, visit the DSS website.