One of the key roles of the Mercy Foundation is to continue to be an independent and fearless advocate on homelessness issues.
In line with its role as an advocate, the Mercy Foundation continues to make relevant submissions on a range of homelessness, housing and community services initiatives. Two key inquiries are highlighted below.
In 2008, following the Australian Federal Government's commitment to reduce homelessness in Australia, the Foundation mmade a submission to the Federal Government’s Green Paper on Homelessness: Which Way Home? Here is the link to the Mercy Foundation submission.
The Mercy Foundation also made a submission and was invited to give verbal evidence to the NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues Inquiry into Homelessness and low-cost rental accommodation. The inquiry received 66 written submissions and representatives from a number of organisations.
The report from the inquiry identified 17 recommendations. The Mercy Foundation was pleased to note a number of the recommendations, including a specific recommendation on the Common Ground model:
That Housing NSW in liaison with the Department of Planning and NSW Health identify and assess potential sites for additional Common Ground-type developments that have the necessary support structures available in the local area.