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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 ...


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 ...


The Treasurer’s highly-anticipated speech on housing affordability has succeeded in articulating the depth and breadth of Australia’s affordability crisis but failed to provide a comprehensive policy response. It is a positive development that the Federal Government recognises that housing affordability, for both buyers and renters, is bad and getting worse. […]

Treasurer fails to address real issues behind housing affordability crisis



Tweet The Council to Homeless Persons has joined 54 leading homelessness, housing and legal agencies, as well as church groups, to make a final appeal to the City of Melbourne to abandon the proposed bylaws which would make it illegal to sleep rough in the CBD.  We have jointly endorsed […]

10 things Melbourne Council could do instead of homeless bans


To mark Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2017, Victorian youth homelessness organisations and peak bodies are calling on the Federal Government to commit to a national plan to tackle rising homelessness amongst young Australians. CHP has created a series of infographics which highlight the startling statistics around youth homelessness.  Australian Institute of […]

Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2017