We are currently in the midst of the Victoria Against Violence: 16 Days of Activism campaign which runs until Thursday 10th December. It aims to show people what individuals, families, organisations and government can do to prevent family and gender-based violence. Family violence is the single biggest cause of homelessness in […]

More funding needed for programs that protect survivors of family ...

The Big West Festival is a biannual festival celebrating life in Footscray in Melbourne’s west. When artistic director Marcia Ferguson started consultations for the 2015 festival, the overwhelming concerns coming from artists and residents were around housing and the impact that rising prices are having on communities in the area. […]

Concerns over housing affordability inspire 2015 The Big West Festival

An updated report released by Curtain University this week has exposed alarming rates of severe income poverty across Australia and identified housing affordability as a critical issue. The report, which explored income poverty and its associated disadvantages and coincided with Anti-Poverty Week, found that more than one million Australians are […]

Housing affordability linked to income poverty: report

A new study has found that nearly 2.4 million Australians have experienced homelessness, and that nearly one in ten people have slept rough. These figures contradict popular beliefs that homelessness and in particular rough sleeping, are relatively rare experiences in Australia. They strongly reinforce the need for urgent action at […]

More than one-in-ten Australians have experienced homelessness

As part of CHP’s bi-annual conference, we were thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards. These awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding workers within the specialist homelessness service system. As expected, all the nominees were extraordinarily generous and caring people who go above and […]

Seven ways Victoria is ending homelessness

There is no denying that Victoria’s affordable housing crisis is putting serious pressure on our ageing social housing network. As the waiting lists for social housing grow, it causes many people to ask, what is the future of social housing in this state? This is one of many issues that […]

What is the future of social housing in Victoria? Find ...

The Victorian Government is in the process of developing a 10-year mental health strategy with the aim of providing better services for people for people living with a mental illness. The plan is expected to have a focus on recovery, as well as support for family members of sufferers. The […]

Stable housing essential to mental health recovery

Next Monday, 31st August, is the final day that the people who had their homes acquired as part of the East West Link development can apply to buy back their homes. There have been some applications, although the precise figure is unclear; regardless, there will be properties left over once […]

East West Link houses provide opportunity to increase social housing ...

The Victorian Government has committed to a review of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) as part of its ‘Plan for Fairer, Safer Housing’ to ensure better access for everyone to safe, affordable housing. Back in 1997 the RTA was designed to balance the rights of tenants and landlords as appropriate […]

CHP welcomes review of RTA, calls for better protection for ...