Government announces more measures to prevent homelessness

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The government has announced extra measures to prevent and reduce homelessness.

It has set aside $54 million for funding initiatives aimed at helping at-risk people to stay in their existing tenancies.

The funding will also provide additional wrap-around services, including the expansion of the Sustaining Tenancies programme.

The Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, said the ministry has identified a group of people who face complex challenges that are a barrier to finding and keeping a home - such as mental health problems, addiction, criminal history and family violence.

She said the services will help break the cycle of homelessness, through targeted on-the-ground support.