Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

ABSTRACT ‘Empowerment’ is often said to be a key objective of policies aiming to improve the lives of homeless people and other vulnerable groups. This paper contends that Sen and Nussbaum’s influential ‘capability’ approach provides an appropriate means of operationalising this arguably nebulous concept. Via a critique of work-focused social enterprises in the homelessness field, … [Read More] Empowerment, Capabilities and Homelessness: The Limitations of Employment-focused Social Enterprises in Addressing Complex Needs – HT&S

The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence – AHURI

Report Description This report investigates how services supporting those experiencing homelessness are funded, and how different forms and levels of funding, together with diverse funding sources, impact on the delivery of homelessness assistance. This study is based on nine case studies focused on different service models, organisational forms and potential new ways of funding services … [Read More] The funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness: the case study evidence – AHURI

States Drag Feet on Affordable Housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Carolyn Whitzman, Professor of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne. Moral panic over recent increases in visibly homeless people in central Melbourne has brought to the fore the critical shortage of affordable housing across the metropolitan areas of Australia’s wealthiest cities. But living on the street is only the tip of the … [Read More] States Drag Feet on Affordable Housing, with Victoria the worst – The Conversation

Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper South Australia has launched the country’s first homelessness social impact bond, which will support 600 people through a program focused on life skills and employment pathways. The $9 million bond, called Aspire, is a partnership between Social Ventures Australia, the South Australian government, and not-for-profit organisations Hutt St … [Read More] Australia’s First Homelessness Social Impact Bond Reaches ‘Fruition’ – Pro Bono Australia

If Australia has a housing crisis, supply is the answer – Financial Review

Extract from an article by Robert Pradolin Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis. For those of us who live and work in our cities, the level of homelessness we see on our streets serves as a daily reminder of the lack of housing. As federal Treasurer Scott Morrison said earlier this month, “it is all … [Read More] If Australia has a housing crisis, supply is the answer – Financial Review

Homeless camp crackdown won’t fix the problem, state government’s new adviser warns – The Age

Extract from an article by Farah Tomazin Melbourne City Council’s crackdown on CBD homeless camps won’t fix the problem, and could even worsen the “already perilous” state of highly vulnerable people, according to the Andrews government’s new adviser on rough sleeping. Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Tony Nicholson has also warned against setting national … [Read More] Homeless camp crackdown won’t fix the problem, state government’s new adviser warns – The Age

EVENT: Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017

Melbourne, 15-17 February 2017 Housing issues are hot items of policy debate in 2017 including lack of housing affordability, the rise of property investors and homelessness, all of which affect economy and society. The theme of the conference is Global Inequalities and Housing: The Australasian Agenda. There will be research papers on a wide range … [Read More] EVENT: Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2017

Homelessness in the News – Week beginning 13 Feb 2017

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week   BroCAP is produced by the two librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia. If you find our service useful and would like to contribute to ‘Working for an Australia Free of Poverty’, please consider a donation using … [Read More] Homelessness in the News – Week beginning 13 Feb 2017

Sensible reform to finance affordable housing deserves cross-party support – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor, RMIT University Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visit to … London last week [included] a lengthy meeting with the UK’s Housing Finance Corporation (THFC) to discuss an affordable housing financial intermediary with its chief executive, Piers Williamson. Founded in 1987 to make up for the shortfall in public funding, … [Read More] Sensible reform to finance affordable housing deserves cross-party support – The Conversation

Event: National Housing Conference 2017: Building for Better Lives – AHURI & NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Sydney, NSW 29 November–1 December 2017 AHURI will convene the National Housing Conference 2017 – Building for better lives, in Sydney, in partnership with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017 at the brand new International Convention Centre. With Sydney as the destination, and NSW leading the way … [Read More] Event: National Housing Conference 2017: Building for Better Lives – AHURI & NSW Department of Family and Community Services

BSL in the News: Giving Rough Sleepers A Path Towards Home – Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

Extract Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, today announced close to $10 million of new funding to immediately rapidly rehouse 40 vulnerable rough sleepers in inner Melbourne and provide them with targeted supports to maintain their housing. Continuing the Labor Government’s biggest ever response to homelessness and rough sleeping in the state’s history, the Towards Home … [Read More] BSL in the News: Giving Rough Sleepers A Path Towards Home – Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing

Ban on sleeping rough does nothing to fix the problems of homelessness – The Conversation

Extract from an article by James Petty Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has announced a plan to ban sleeping rough in the city. Doyle did so last week amid significant pressure from both Victoria Police and the tabloid media. When Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton called on the state governmentto extend police powers, Doyle at … [Read More] Ban on sleeping rough does nothing to fix the problems of homelessness – The Conversation

Portable housing to be placed in Melbourne’s west to tackle homelessness after land deal struck – ABC News

Extract from an article by David Sparkes An agency working with homeless people in Melbourne has struck a deal with VicRoads to place transportable housing on vacant land in the city’s inner west to provide accommodation to people sleeping rough. Key points: Fifty-seven one-bedroom portable townhouses will be placed on land in Footscray and Maidstone Businessmen … [Read More] Portable housing to be placed in Melbourne’s west to tackle homelessness after land deal struck – ABC News

The economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people – AHURI

Extract Providing access to stable housing and support to maintain a tenancy is effective in reducing the use of health care services among people who were formerly homeless, and yields potential cost savings to government. • National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) funded programs, which aim to help homeless clients access and maintain social housing, or assist those … [Read More] The economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people – AHURI

Housing inequality is a failure to govern, and the market is not the answer – John Falzon in The Guardian

Extract from an article by John Falzon We need to change the way we think about housing. Like access to education and health, having a home is a human right Inequality is not an accident. Nor is it an economic inevitability. It is a political choice. The failure to fight inequality is a failure to … [Read More] Housing inequality is a failure to govern, and the market is not the answer – John Falzon in The Guardian

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