homelessness


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


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



The latest DHHS rent report shows that Melbourne’s rental affordability is the worst on record, with just 5.7% of all rentals in Melbourne affordable to someone on a low income. Put simply, 1-in-20 rentals in Melbourne are affordable to someone on a low income compared to five years ago when 1-in-5 […]

Melbourne rental affordability worst on record


SBS TV program ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’ will likely generate a range of community conversations and media coverage about homelessness in Australia. The media has significant power to improve our understanding of the causes of homelessness, as well as the solutions. Conversely, it can incite negative responses, perpetuate misconceptions and […]

Poverty porn or documentary journalism? CHP response to SBS program



The Wheeler Centre has hosted a public, in-depth Q&A on homelessness featuring a panel of experts in the field, including: Jenny Smith, Chair of Homelessness Australia and CEO of Council to Homeless Persons Lucy Adams, Manger of Homeless Law Erika, who has a lived experience of homelessness Michael Perusco, CEO […]

Expert panel on homelessness condemns Melbourne’s proposed homeless bylaws


On Wednesday 30 May we launched the Parity edition: ‘I Will Be Released: Post-Release and Homelessness’, with Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass, ACSO, Jesuit Social Services, The Salvation Army and VACRO. This edition highlights the ‘revolving door’ of people cycling from prison into homelessness, and too often back into prison. Despite […]

The revolving door of homelessness and prison spinning faster



Last week the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) released a report that confirms what the sector has long known; that the current level of Government investment in homelessness services falls far short of what is needed. The report, released on 28 April at the AHURI conference in Brisbane, […]

Two-thirds of homelessness services are unable to meet client demand ...


With the federal budget due for release on 9 May, and rumours swirling of a housing bond aggregator as its centrepiece, now seems like the right time to ask; what is a housing bond aggregator and, importantly, will it help make housing more affordable?   What is a housing bond […]

What is a bond aggregator and will it make housing ...