CHP – in the news

Council to Homeless Persons undertakes regular media activity to:

  • inform Victorians about the issue of homelessness
  • create awareness about those who are experiencing or may be at risk of homelessness
  • support the Victorian homelessness sector.

Media Clips

See and hear a snapshot of recent media interviews undertaken by Jenny Smith, CEO and members of the Council to Homeless Persons Peer Education and Support Program (PESP) volunteers:


11 August  Welfare organisations say soaring property prices push rentals out of reach for battling families Kate Colvin tells the Herald Sun that the housing system is failing our most vulnerable.

7 August The realities of homelessness Homelessness Walking Tour guide and PESP graduate Jason talks to ABC Radio Melbourne Afternoons on the realities of being homeless and, why we need 100,00 new homes 

7 August  CHP CEO Jenny Smith announces the launch of the 100,000 homes campaign on ABC News TV 

7 August Homeless Australians most in need between 12am and 3am, AskIzzy reveals  PESP graduate John talks to about how people experiencing homelessness have to manage sleeping and safety issues.  

7 August Australia’s homelessness crisis At the launch of Homelessness Week 2017, CHP CEO & Homelessness Australian Chair Jenny Smith, puts the focus on the problem of hidden homelessness, as covered by The Guardian 

5 August Melbourne’s Housing Crisis worse in suburbs than CBD Policy Manager Kate Colvin speaks to the ABC about the growing homelessness crisis in Melbourne suburbs

2 August Calls for 100,000 social housing boost across Australia to help people experiencing homelessness The Herald Sun interviews PESP graduate Christine Thrikell on her petition for 100,000 new public housing properties across Australia to ensure families and individuals facing homelessness don’t suffer as she did.

20 July Ask Izzy expands to provide support for people experiencing family violence.  PESP graduate Vicky Vacondios talk to Pro Bono News about the Help at Hand online tool that’s helping people experiencing homelessness

7 July Rent in Melbourne at its worst affordability level ever recorded It’s never been harder for Melburnians to find an affordable place to rent – Policy Manager Kate Colvin speaks to Domain News about the consequences of a rental un-affordability for low-income earners.  

29 June ‘People turned away from crisis accommodation leading to more rough sleeping.’ Policy Manager Kate Colvin speaks to ABC’s The World Today about the growing burden on crisis accomodation providers. 

28 June ‘A tale of three Melbournes as inner city detaches from outer suburbs’ With the release of the Census 2016 data, CHP CEO Jenny Smith talks to The Age about the housing and rental affordability crises bearing down on low-income earners. 

27 June ‘Is Filthy rich and Homeless Poverty Porn?’ CHP CEO Jenny Smith discusses the representation of homelessness depicted in the SBS reality TV show with ABC’s 774 Breakfast.

26 June 2017 ‘Can homelessness ever be solved?’ CEO Jenny Smith speaks with SBS about how our housing policies are key to ending homelessness. 

16 June 2017 ‘Vanishing dream: Home ownership plummeting in Victoria’ Policy Manager Kate Colvin discusses the failing housing system in The Age.

15 June ‘Unconditional charity: Why it’s okay to give money to homeless people’ CHP CEO Jenny Smith comments on the culture of giving in Australia for  SBS

7 June ‘Public forum: Homelessness’ CHP CEO Jenny Smith answers questions on homelessness at a public Q&A hosted by The Wheeler Centre

29 May ‘Calls to Stop ‘Revolving Door’ Between Prisons and Homelessness’   CHP CEO Jenny Smith tells Pro Bono Australia that more support is required to break the cycle of homelessness and prison

16 May 2017 ‘Public anxiety on begging growing‘ Jenny Smith speaks to the Bendigo Advertiser on the issue of begging.

14 May 2017 ‘Housing Lists‘ PESP volunteer John and Jenny Smith speak to ABC reporter Norman Hermant about the need for more investment in social housing. 

14 May 2017 ‘‘It’s public housing or my car’: Longriver and the caravan park residents facing homelessness Jenny Smith speaks to The Guardian about Caravan park closures and the impact they have on people in need of affordable accommodation. 

2 May 2017 ‘Victorian Budget Addresses Family Violence and Homelessness‘ Jenny Smith speaks to Pro Bono News about outcomes of the 2017 Victorian State Budget for the homelessness sector. 

2 May 2017  ‘Tenants could be evicted if they ‘alarm’ neighbours under proposed changes‘ Jenny Smith comments in The Herald Sun on the negative impact proposed changes to Residential Tenancies Act will have upon vulnerable tenants. 

 1 May 2017 ‘Homelessness body warns of disaster if Morrison scraps housing agreement Jenny Smith speaks to The Guardian about why a loss of funding to the National Affordable Housing Agreement would be a disaster for homelessness services.  

12 April 2017 ‘Government’s piecemeal housing fix simply won’t work‘ In response to the Treasurer’s announcement on housing affordability, Jenny Smith writes opinion editorial calling for better policy solutions to the housing crisis in The Sydney Morning Herald.

9 April 2017: ‘Creative housing solutions for homeless people’ Jenny Smith speaks with ABC Radio National about opportunities for new housing projects and finding creative solution that meet standards of liveability.

12 July 2016: Push to house Melbourne’s homeless in vacant offices to tackle housing crisis’ – Jenny Smith speaks with ABC News Melbourne and welcomes innovative ideas to support people living homeless but warns crisis accommodation in isolation is a band-aid solution to the affordable housing crisis.

28 June 2016: ‘Plea for affordable housing to tackle homeless crisis’ – PESP volunteer Christine shares news of her petition calling for affordable homes with Brimbank Leader and urges the community to support her.

26 June 2016: ‘The sad struggle for a home in the lucky country’ – Jenny Smith writes opinion editorial on the housing crisis for The Sunday Age.

31 May 2016: ‘Hope for housing’Jenny Smith and PESP volunteer Trevor support the Vote Home alliance calling for a national strategy to end Australia’s housing crisis on the front page of Preston Leader.

20 May 2016: ‘New alliance launches Vote Home campaign ahead of federal election – Jenny Smith speaks with Leader Newspapers on the need for a federal government platform to address the affordable housing crisis