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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 ...


              Kate Colvin, Policy and Communications Manager, Council to Homeless Persons.   This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of Parity, Australia’s only dedicated publication on homelessness and housing issues. Subscribe to Parity here  The Royal Commission report recognised the critical importance […]

What Would it Take for Women Fleeing Violence to Have ...



                                    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


A new report stemming from the Royal Commission into Family Violence has found that Victoria needs to add 1,700 new social housing dwellings per year for the next 20 years if it is to maintain current social housing levels. Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence underlined the experience of our […]

Victoria must add 1,700 new social housing dwellings per year ...



From the March 2017 edition of Parity Magazine: I Shall Be Released: Post-Release and Homelessness By Dr Megan Williams I’ve known my dear friend Sandy for several years. He’s been like an angel in my life – kind, supportive and trustworthy. But his life has been punctuated with prison sentences and […]

Sandy, a dear friend, condemned by harmful systems


As you read this, the Victorian Government is discussing possible changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA); the law that set out the rights and responsibilities of Victoria’s landlords and tenants. The RTA review is called Fairer Safer Housing – an apt name given that the private rental market isn’t […]

Five proposed changes to rental laws that will lead to ...