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By Nina Birkl, Team Leader, Room4Change Men’s Behaviour Change Program This editorial originally appeared in the November 2018 edition of Parity: Responding to Homelessness in the ACT Subscribe or log in to read the full edition Men’s behaviour change work in Australia has recently been under the spotlight with increased […]

There is Always Room for Change


A new report shows that a single parent, working part-time supplemented by benefits, and renting in Melbourne will be paying on average 56% of their income on rent leaving little over for essentials such as food, medicine, and utilities. The Rental Affordability Index (RAI), produced by National Shelter and SGS Economics, […]

Single working parents locked entirely out of metropolitan Melbourne rental ...



1 in 6 Australian women will experience physical violence from a partner. That violence has far-reaching consequences. In fact, domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in women. To mark the United Nation’s 2018 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, we’re illuminating what happens to the thousands […]

A journey through domestic violence and homelessness: Sam’s Story


The following articles appeared in the October 2018 edition of Parity: Mental Health, Disability, Homelessness.  Login to read Parity  |  Subscribe to Parity   Introduction; Mental Health, Disability and Homelessness by Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons Deinstitutionalisation was predicated on the assumption that social housing would be available for all […]

Housing Security, Disability and Mental Health



Victorians experiencing homelessness can vote, but, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.  With 24,800 Victorians experiencing homelessness on any given night, there’s a risk that many people within this already marginalised group will not able to make their voices heard on polling day.   But, as the 2018 Victorian State election draws […]

Helping the homeless vote in the Victorian State Election




Yesterday the Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, announced a ‘new deal’ delivering $2 billion of funding for Victorian homelessness services under the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). The announcement resulted in some complimentary media coverage which failed to examine any of the shortcomings of this new agreement. It’s easy to bamboozle […]

Increasing funding in line with inflation won’t fix our growing ...


On Tuesday, in a historic moment, the federal leaders of both major parties stood in Parliament to make a public apology to those who have suffered childhood abuse while in institutional care. The speeches of the two leaders were highly emotional, and the accounts of abuse survivors have moved many […]

Abuse and homelessness — no random correlation



by Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons This editorial originally appeared in the September 2018 edition of Parity: Marginal Housing: Where to From Here? Subscribe or log in to read the full edition   Overwhelmingly, people resort to marginal housing for two reasons. Firstly, because they do […]

Marginal housing: substandard, insecure and increasingly normalised


In Victoria, there are 82,000 men, women and children waiting for social housing. Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing stock in all of Australia, with just 3.5 per cent of all housing being social housing.  That’s why, in advance of the Victorian State election, an alliance of housing […]

The Whittlesea Declaration – we need 3,000 new homes every ...