SA’s response to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has included accommodating people sleeping rough proves that homelessness can be solved.

The State Government will cough up to place those faced with sleeping on the streets in hotels and motels to help stem the spread of the virus.

CEO of Baptist Care SA Graham Brown told the ABC that the initiative proved that governments could move to end homelessness in the short term.

“With a bit more concerted effort, that could be addressed,” Mr Brown said.

However, Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said that the move was not a long-term solution, rather a response to the immediate crisis.

Last year, the State Government announced a $20 million homelessness prevention fund as part of a $550 million housing strategy.

“Our ultimate aim is to get people off the streets for good.”

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