Spending on homelessness must be tripled for numbers to even stand still: expert

THE NSW government needs to double the amount of social and affordable housing it aims to build to prevent a huge leap in homelessness, housing experts have warned.

Tuesday’s state Budget unveiled 1200 new houses for older women as part of its $1.1 billion Social and Affordable Housing Fund.

But University of NSW professor of housing research Hal Pawson said spending needed to be tripled for the numbers of homeless just to stand still.

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