Henry Belot - The Canberra Times
The defunding of three peak bodies just days before Christmas has been described as "vindictive" and "a kick in the teeth" by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam after hearing from a formerly homeless Canberra man on Wednesday.
During a senate committee into affordable housing, the three organisations described the decision to cut $825,000 – up to 90 per cent of their funding – as a debilitating blow that could lead to their closure.
Community Housing Federation of Australia executive director Carol Croce said her organisation would lose $350,000 of funding, which would lead to job losses in Canberra and a complete restructure.
"Our organisation had a contract with the government until June of 2016 but our funding has been cut and our contract will now end in June this year," she said.