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SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION ASSISTANCE ACT 1994 - SECT 4

Definition of homeless

When a person is homeless

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a person is homeless if, and only if, he or she has inadequate access to safe and secure housing.

Inadequate access to safe and secure housing

             (2)  For the purposes of this Act, a person is taken to have inadequate access to safe and secure housing if the only housing to which the person has access:

                     (a)  damages, or is likely to damage, the person's health; or

                     (b)  threatens the person's safety; or

                     (c)  marginalises the person through failing to provide access to:

                              (i)  adequate personal amenities; or

                             (ii)  the economic and social supports that a home normally affords; or

                     (d)  places the person in circumstances which threaten or adversely affect the adequacy, safety, security and affordability of that housing.

Person living in SAAP accommodation

             (3)  For the purposes of this Act, a person is taken to have inadequate access to safe and secure housing if:

                     (a)  the person is living in accommodation provided under SAAP; and

                     (b)  the assessment of the person's eligibility for that accommodation was based on the application of subsection (1) or (2) (ignoring the effect of this subsection).

Generality of subsection (1)

             (4)  Subsections (2) and (3) do not limit the generality of subsection (1).



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