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As recently reported in the Sunday Age newspaper, the number of people being ‘evicted into homelessness’ has more than doubled over five years as rents rise to historic highs, leaving low-income earners unable to find or sustain a rental…Last financial year over 43,751 people presented at Victorian homelessness services due to […]

Evictions into homelessness double as rents soar


As Parliament returns this week, the Senate will be voting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which will apply stricter conditions and harsher penalties for non-compliance to people receiving Centrelink payments. The proposed changes are sweeping, and the Government has estimated that at least 80,000 people will lose income support payments if the changes are […]

Homelessness to rise if Federal Welfare ‘Reform’ Bill passes



Ending Homelessness in Ireland, Denmark and Finland? by Eoin O’Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland In most European states, as well as in Australia, homelessness is on the increase. It is also at stubbornly high levels in North America. This is despite virtually all European and North American states having devised […]

VHC Keynote Plenary Address: Ending Homelessness in Ireland, Denmark and ...


                                   When we look upon the streets, and into the parks of our towns and cities, we see the tip of the iceberg of homelessness in our community.  While those who are rough sleeping […]

A line in the sand on ending homelessness, Op Ed ...



A December reshuffle of the Federal cabinet sees new ministers for issues relating to homelessness. While the Government have continued without a minister for housing and homelessness, two new ministers with responsibilities in relevant areas have been appointed. Dan Tehan, the member for the Victorian electorate of Wannon, is the […]

What does the Federal reshuffle mean for housing and homelessness?


New data from the AIHW shows that last financial year, 10,985 primary and secondary school students sought help from homelessness services (accompanied and unaccompanied); an 11% increase on the previous year.    The chaos and transience of homelessness is jeopardising the education of Victorian kids.  Without intervention and support, children who […]

Homelessness is jeopardising the futures of Victorian kids



We are the first to call out poor reporting of homelessness issues, and have even created media guidelines for journalists reporting on homelessness. We’re also keen to commend good, balanced coverage of homelessness, and printed below is a piece by the Herald Sun that is just that. It shifts the […]

The Hidden Homeless – HERALD SUN Editorial


Heatwaves can be an unpleasant time for many of us. But for those experiencing homelessness, heatwaves are not only deeply unpleasant, they have the capacity to be deadly.  Local governments across Victoria often put measures in place to support those experiencing homelessness during extreme weather events. These supports may come […]

Heatwaves and homelessness; where to go for help



  Contrary to the stereotype of the older homeless man, new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the person most likely to seek homelessness help in Victoria is a 25-34 year old woman, most probably with a child in tow. New data from @aihw shows […]

Who’s most likely to seek homelessness assistance? Not the person ...


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 ...