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

Sydney, 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

Help for our homeless falls short – The Age

Extract from an article by Paul McDonald The state government’s $109 million plan to attack homelessness is a welcome initiative, particularly for the adult homeless, but it has a big blind spot. It fails to hit the target on the most tragic, yet most easily fixed aspect of youth homelessness. In the past year more thanover … [Read More] Help for our homeless falls short – The Age

NFP Calls For More ‘Housing First’ – Pro Bono Australia

Extract from an article by Ellie Cooper Mission Australia is calling for wider use of the housing first model, which has been demonstrated “time and time again” to successfully tackle homelessness. The housing first approach prioritises providing people experiencing homelessness with permanent and affordable housing, followed by support services as needed. Mission Australia timed its … [Read More] NFP Calls For More ‘Housing First’ – Pro Bono Australia

The financing, delivery and effectiveness of programs to reduce homelessness: Inquiry into funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness – AHURI

This report is one of three reports to be released as part of an AHURI Inquiry into the funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness. It provides evidence from the Australian Homelessness Funding and Delivery Survey of how services supporting those experiencing homelessness are funded and how different forms of funding and the level of funding impacts on … [Read More] The financing, delivery and effectiveness of programs to reduce homelessness: Inquiry into funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness – AHURI

Breaking Down Homelessness Myths – University of Melbourne

Extract from an article by Rick Morton Research is giving a voice to Australians living on the streets, in shelters, couch-surfing and in other forms of unstable housing. And, it’s busting some serious myths. Studying Australia’s homeless is a bit like sending a research satellite into space. Misinformed assumptions and limited data interfere with the … [Read More] Breaking Down Homelessness Myths – University of Melbourne

Is there Complex Trauma Experience Typology for Australian’s Experiencing Extreme Social Disadvantage and Low Housing Stability? – Child Abuse & Neglect

ABSTRACT Traumatic childhood experiences predict many adverse outcomes in adulthood including Complex-PTSD. Understanding complex trauma within socially disadvantaged populations has important implications for policy development and intervention implementation. This paper examined the nature of complex trauma experienced by disadvantaged individuals using a latent class analysis (LCA) approach. Data were collected through the large-scale Journeys Home … [Read More] Is there Complex Trauma Experience Typology for Australian’s Experiencing Extreme Social Disadvantage and Low Housing Stability? – Child Abuse & Neglect

Supportive housing is cheaper than chronic homelessness – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Cameron Parsell It costs the state government more to keep a person chronically homeless than it costs to provide permanent supportive housing to end homelessness, our recent research shows. Over a 12-month period, people who were chronically homeless used state government funded services that cost approximately A$48,217 each. Over another 12-month … [Read More] Supportive housing is cheaper than chronic homelessness – The Conversation

Massive Decline in Affordable Housing Adding to Number of Homeless in Melbourne – ABC News (NSW)

Extract from an article by Russell Skelton An acute shortage of affordable housing is adding to the numbers of homeless people and forcing welfare recipients to seek accommodation on the suburban fringes of Melbourne, where there are fewer jobs and services. Key points: Average rent for one-bedroom flat exceeds Newstart payments with rental assistance Average weekly … [Read More] Massive Decline in Affordable Housing Adding to Number of Homeless in Melbourne – ABC News (NSW)

A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services homeless clients 2011–12 to 2014–15 – AIHW

SUMMARY Clients who approach Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) for assistance do so for a variety of different reasons, but similarly they all have a lack of suitable housing or are facing the prospect of losing their current housing. This web report examines the key characteristics of SHS clients who present to services for assistance in … [Read More] A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services homeless clients 2011–12 to 2014–15 – AIHW

Women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in a “hidden crisis” – Wentworth Courier

Extract from an article by Megan Drapalski ESTHER*  has endured more in her life than most people could fathom. The eastern suburbs resident escaped the horrors of domestic violence, but making that break, coupled with overwhelming grief, left her without a home or a family she could turn to. For almost a decade, Esther, a woman … [Read More] Women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless in a “hidden crisis” – Wentworth Courier

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