“Housing First” Takes Second Place – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Lesley Russell Australia’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 peoplehomeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on the streets. Around 7000 … [Read More] “Housing First” Takes Second Place – Inside Story

Warehousing the Homeless is Not the Answer – Council to Homeless Persons

Extract We have made great effort to move away from the old-school model of large-scale homeless shelters. We know from experience here, and around the world, that these kinds of facilities create far more problems than they solve. Warehousing hundreds of highly disadvantaged, highly traumatised, long-term homeless under one roof in the outer fringes of … [Read More] Warehousing the Homeless is Not the Answer – Council to Homeless Persons

[Audio] The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms – Radio National

Listen as David Lewis investigates an explosion in the number of high-rise apartments across our capital cities is dramatically driving up student enrolments, resulting in “jam-packed” public schools.  A transcript of this program will be made available by the Tuesday [21 March 2017] following the broadcast. SOURCE: Lewis, David. “The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment … [Read More] [Audio] The Schools Squeeze: How the apartment boom is overcrowding classrooms – Radio National

The Case for Investing in Last Resort Housing – Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI)

SGS undertakes CBA of providing last resort accommodation, in collaboration with MSSI Extract A cost benefit analysis prepared in collaboration with Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne has found that it is cheaper to provide last resort housing to homeless people than to leave them sleeping rough. The analysis found governments and … [Read More] The Case for Investing in Last Resort Housing – Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI)

What a Difference a Month Makes, but Victoria Can Still do More to get Housing and Planning Right – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Katrina Raynor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Transforming Housing Project, University of Melbourne and Carolyn Whitzman, Professor of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne. The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years. This is … [Read More] What a Difference a Month Makes, but Victoria Can Still do More to get Housing and Planning Right – The Conversation

SDA Rule Released: The final source of truth — Disability Services Consulting

Extract from an article by Luke Bo’sher After much deliberation by governments, the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Rule has been made public. It is fitting that despite long wait, the NDIS’ rule on SDA should be released this week. This week marks almost 3 years to the day that Bruce Bonyhady spoke to a packed audience in … [Read More] SDA Rule Released: The final source of truth — Disability Services Consulting

Government targeting struggling renters with housing affordability taskforce – ABC News

Extract from an article by Stephanie Anderson Low income earners struggling with rent could soon get a helping hand from the Commonwealth as it works towards a government bank to fund community housing. The Government is flagging action on affordable housing amid an ongoing political battle over the issue. It is establishing a taskforce to design … [Read More] Government targeting struggling renters with housing affordability taskforce – ABC News

Two in Three People Seeking Homelessness Help are Women – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper The state’s peak body for homelessness, the Council to Homeless Persons, analysed Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Data ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March. CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons Jenny Smith said while the common stereotype of homelessness was “the older male rough … [Read More] Two in Three People Seeking Homelessness Help are Women – Pro Bono Australia

Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

ABSTRACT While previous studies have established social capital as an important determinant of subjective well-being (SWB), the broader social context people are living in has not received much attention in terms of SWB. To address this issue, we propose the concept of social affiliation, measuring the feeling of belonging to the social whole, of being … [Read More] Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

Homes for Victorians – Premier of Victoria

Every Victorian deserves the safety and security of a home. But for many, that’s becoming increasingly harder. A significant number of Victorians, particularly young Victorians, are struggling to break into the housing market. House prices are rising and upfront costs – a deposit, stamp duty and fees – quickly add up. It’s getting harder for … [Read More] Homes for Victorians – Premier of Victoria

Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector – Parliament of Victoria. Legal and Social Issues Committee

Extract Victoria’s population is ageing and causing significant growth in demand for retirement housing. At the same time, residents have heightened expectations about the services that will be delivered. This creates a range of challenges for government and industry, and also prompted significant public interest in this Inquiry. It’s important for the Victorian Government to … [Read More] Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector – Parliament of Victoria. Legal and Social Issues Committee

Women & Homelessness in Australia – Council to Homeless Persons

Extract This International Women’s Day we’re using hard data to shatter community perceptions about homelessness. Contrary to the stereotype of the older male rough sleeper, the person mostly likely to seek help from a homeless service is a woman aged 25-34 years. Last financial year, 62% of Victorians needing homeless help were female. That’s nearly 2-in-3 … [Read More] Women & Homelessness in Australia – Council to Homeless Persons

Victoria’s housing affordability salvo scores some hits and misses – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by Sandra Edmunds The Victorian government’s new shared equity pilot scheme and vacant residential property tax are positive moves, but the bulk of the recently announced affordable housing measures won’t have a big impact, critics say. Under the new $50 million pilot scheme HomesVic, 400 first home buyers will have the opportunity … [Read More] Victoria’s housing affordability salvo scores some hits and misses – The Fifth Estate

Contested spaces: who belongs on the street where you live – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Cate MacMillan and Nicholas Stevens This is the second article in our Contested Spaces series. These pieces look at the conflicting uses, expectations and norms that people bring to public spaces, the clashes that result and how we can resolve these. Our neighbourhoods need to be safe and inclusive places – safe … [Read More] Contested spaces: who belongs on the street where you live – The Conversation

Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michelle Grattan The proposed housing affordability package in the May budget will target people relying on social housing as well as those trying to break into the market, Treasurer Scott Morrison has said. Morrison said housing would be a very strong focus of the budget and he stressed the rental … [Read More] Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters – The Conversation

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