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The following articles appeared in the October 2018 edition of Parity: Mental Health, Disability, Homelessness.  Login to read Parity  |  Subscribe to Parity   Introduction; Mental Health, Disability and Homelessness by Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons Deinstitutionalisation was predicated on the assumption that social housing would be available for all […]

Mental Health, Disability and Homelessness


Victorians experiencing homelessness can vote, but, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.  With 24,800 Victorians experiencing homelessness on any given night, there’s a risk that many people within this already marginalised group will not able to make their voices heard on polling day.   But, as the 2018 Victorian State election draws […]

Helping the homeless vote in the Victorian State Election




Yesterday the Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, announced a ‘new deal’ delivering $2 billion of funding for Victorian homelessness services under the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). The announcement resulted in some complimentary media coverage which failed to examine any of the shortcomings of this new agreement. It’s easy to bamboozle […]

Increasing funding in line with inflation won’t fix our growing ...



On Tuesday, in a historic moment, the federal leaders of both major parties stood in Parliament to make a public apology to those who have suffered childhood abuse while in institutional care. The speeches of the two leaders were highly emotional, and the accounts of abuse survivors have moved many […]

Abuse and homelessness — no random correlation


by Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons This editorial originally appeared in the September 2018 edition of Parity: Marginal Housing: Where to From Here? Subscribe or log in to read the full edition   Overwhelmingly, people resort to marginal housing for two reasons. Firstly, because they do […]

Marginal housing: substandard, insecure and increasingly normalised



In Victoria, there are 82,000 men, women and children waiting for social housing. Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing stock in all of Australia, with just 3.5 per cent of all housing being social housing.  That’s why, in advance of the Victorian State election, an alliance of housing […]

The Whittlesea Declaration – we need 3,000 new homes every ...


In the lead up to the Victorian State Election, Council to Homeless Persons has released a blueprint for ending homelessness in Victoria – the Homelessness Election Platform.  Recently mapped data shows that homelessness is an issue in every single Victorian electorate. As such, addressing homelessness must be a top priority […]

Homelessness Election Platform 2018



The Council to Homeless Persons has released an interactive Homelessness Heat Map which gives a true picture of homelessness across the state. The interactive map below is based on ABS data and analysed by State electorate. It was developed to coincide with the launch of CHP’s Victorian Homelessness Election Platform, […]

Homelessness Heat Map


The following article appeared in the August 2018 edition of Parity:  Issues of Substance: Substance Dependency and Homelessness. It was written by Nigel Pernu, a member of CHP’s Peer Education and Support Team. Subscribe to Parity, here.   ‘It (addiction) is an attempt to solve the problem of disconnection, alienation […]

The Relationship Between Substance Misuse, Mental Health and Homelessness