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If we need further evidence that Victoria’s rental market is failing those on the lowest of incomes, the latest Rental Affordability Index (RAI) delivers the news that low income households, including pensioners and single parents, can no longer afford to live anywhere in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat or Bendigo. The startling […]

The rental market is a game of musical chairs for ...


CHP has compiled a list of organisations providing meal services on or around Christmas Day that are available to people experiencing homelessness or feeling isolated. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and will be updated as information of more services comes in. If you have details of a service that’s not […]

2017 free meal services during the Christmas period



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



This year, the Victorian Government announced that long-term leases will now be covered by the state’s Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). An August media release from the Premier’s office stated; “[These] changes will provide stability, security and certainty for tenants and is part of the Labor Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy […]

Do long-term leases make a home?


The Council to Homeless Persons is proud to present the Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards, celebrating the exceptional efforts of workers, consumers and organisations within the specialist homelessness service system. The seven award categories in 2017 were: Excellence in ending homelessness – children and families Excellence in ending homelessness – young peoplekids […]

2017 Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards



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