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by Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer, National Shelter In November 2015 National Shelter, with SGS Economics and Planning and Community Sector Banking, launched the Rental Affordability Index (RAI). The index can be viewed as an interactive map (1) and demonstrates the paucity of affordable rental properties at various income levels, for […]

Unsettled, Insecure, Expensive and Scarce: The Experience of #Rentinoz


Discrimination, violence, family rejection and heightened stress are why LGBTQ Victorians are at least twice as likely to find themselves without a home, a report has found.  In response to the alarming evidence provided by the study, The Council to Homeless Persons is calling for specialist accommodation options for young […]

Why LGBTQ Victorians are twice as likely to face homelessness



  The housing affordability crisis and a gradual decline in social security benefits is inextricably linked to rising homelessness and the cycle of poverty. People in severe housing stress (a formula applied to people in the lowest 40% of income brackets who are paying more than 30% of their income on housing) are […]

Anti-Poverty Week 2017: A perfect storm of housing (un)affordability and ...


Many Australians are deeply concerned about the rising number of people experiencing homelessness in our country.  But many also feel at a loss about what they can do to help. Here are 7 practical, achievable things that you can do to help people doing it tough.  1. Become an advocate […]

Homelessness – how Australians can help



Visiting homelessness expert, Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, is warning Australian welfare chiefs and policy makers that throwing money at crisis responses to homelessness (such as refuges and emergency accommodation), whilst ignoring social housing, is a recipe for failure. Professor O’Sullivan, Editor of the European Journal of Homelessness, will make a keynote address […]

International homelessness expert reveals how Finland ended homelessness, and why ...


Some local residents of Brighton East have raised objection to the development of homeless accommodation in their suburb, out of fears that it would lead to an influx of “junkies” and “ex-crims”   A story, that ran in the Herald Sun, quotes a local as saying “I have five grandkids who play outside … if […]

No room for NIMBY-ism in the battle against homelessness



The City of Sydney’s latest homeless street count has found that the number of rough sleepers in the city has remained unchanged, despite harsh new move-on laws fast-tracked by the NSW Government in early August. The failure of Sydney’s new move-on powers to impact rough sleeping numbers is yet further […]

Laws have failed to reduce homelessness in Sydney, and they’ll ...


To mark Homelessness Week 2017, Council to Homeless Persons analysed Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data to expose trends in ‘hidden’ forms of homelessness. Just 6% of people who are experiencing homelessness are sleeping on the street. The majority are effectively invisible to society.  This data shows that hidden […]

Rise in hidden forms of homelessness triggers call for 100,000 ...



An Interview with Dr. Catherine Robinson, one of Australia’s leading homelessness researchers.  This interview first appeared in the July edition of Parity – Poverty and Homelessness: The Elephant in the Room Catherine was employed to support the development and production of the recent SBS series, “Filthy Rich and Homeless” and is […]

Porn or Pedagogy? Parity interviews an advisor for SBS’s ‘Filthy ...


                                    An AIHW report released this month shows that 1-in-6 Victorian public housing properties are ‘underutilised,’ and 5% are overcrowded.  ‘Underutilised’ means that the properties contain spare bedrooms that are going unused by […]

Public housing is under-utilised and overcrowded