Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) established

National data shows that the major cause of women’s and children’s homelessness is domestic and family violence, and that the major face of family homelessness in Australia is women with children fleeing domestic or family violence.

The overall aim of SAAP was to provide transitional supported accommodation and related support services, in order to help people who are homeless to achieve the maximum possible degree of self-reliance and independence.

States and Territories were responsible for managing the program, while services were provided largely by independent agencies. By 2007-08 about 1,550 non-government, community or local government organisations were funded nationally under the program. Such organisations provided accommodation and support services to a range of groups including homeless families, singles, young people, and women and children escaping domestic violence.

On 1 January 2009, SAAP was replaced by the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). (Sources: WESNET, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)

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