May 2018 edition: Revisiting Rough Sleeping

Contents for May 2018 edition: Revisiting Rough Sleeping

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Martin Foley, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing; Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries



Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons



Chapter 1: Contextualising Rough Sleeping


Sleeping Rough: A Profile of Specialist Homelessness Services Clients

Jodi Coppin and Michelle Barnett, Housing and Homelessness Reporting and Development Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Tackling Homelessness in Melbourne: Time to Put Housing First

Nicole Mechkaroff, Eleanor Chapman and Stephen Herbst, Architects for Peace


Taking a Shared Approach to Ending Rough Sleeping

Dougie Wells, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness NSW


Just Hang in There — You’re Moving up the List

Nicholas Robinson-Griffith, Team Leader, AOD Team, Housing Support Services, Launch Housing



Chapter 2: Responding to Rough Sleeping


Victoria’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services


The Adelaide Zero Project: Ending Street Homelessness in the Inner City

Dr Selina Tually and Dr Debbie Faulkner, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Ian Goodwin-Smith and Dr Victoria Skinner, Australian Centre for Community Services Research, Flinders University, Adelaide, Mr David Pearson, Don Dunstan Foundation, Adelaide


Melbourne, Don’t Criminalise Homelessness: Working Together to Find Alternatives to Enforcement-based Responses to Homelessness

Lucy Adams, Head of Homeless Law and Advocacy, Justice Connect


How J2SI Will Break the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness

Cathy Humphrey, Chief Executive Officer and Anna Paris, Operations Manager, Engagement Hubs and Individual Planned Support, Sacred Heart Mission


Challenges Faced in Assertive Outreach

Benjamin Johnson, Assertive Outreach Worker, Launch Housing, and Tess Bergin, Registered Nurse, Bolton Clarke Homeless Persons Program (HPP)

The St Kilda Intensive Outreach Team Initiative

Chris Middendorp, Manager Sacred Heart Mission


Melbourne Street to Home

Rosemary Dodd, Siobhan McKenna and the whole Melbourne Street to Home team at Launch Housing



Chapter 3: Responding to Rough Sleeping: Some Overseas Examples


What Works to End Rough Sleeping?

Peter Mackie, Cardiff University, Sarah Johnsen, Heriot-Watt University and Jenny Wood, Heriot-Watt University


Ending Homelessness in Aotearoa: Will Budget 2018 Do the Trick?

Marc Slade and Scott Figenshow, Community Housing Aotearoa


Rough Sleeping in England: Short-Term Solutions to a Long-term Problem

Nicholas Pleace, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York



Chapter 4: The Housing First Response to Rough Sleeping


Housing First Works: Reflections of Two Housed Rough Sleepers Eight Years On

Dr Ross Westoby, Senior Project Work, Innovation, Performance and Evaluation, Jim Decouto, Team Leader, Home for Good and Karyn Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Micah Projects


Housing First: The Role of Permanent Supported Accommodation for People Who Have Experienced Chronic Homelessness

Nese Duran, Elizabeth Street Common Ground Support Worker, Maggie Rose, Elizabeth Street Common Ground Support Worker and Elliott McMahon, Intensive Case Manager, Complex Care, Launch Housing



Chapter 5: Local Government Responses to Rough Sleeping


Responding to Rough Sleeping in the City of Port Phillip

Kate Incerti, Team Leader, Housing and Homelessness, Diversity and Inclusion, City of Port Phillip


Addressing Homelessness, the Melbourne Way

Leanne Mitchell, Acting Manager Social Investment, City of Melbourne


Public Space Dwellers and Community Quality of Life: A Local Government Response

Anne Barton, Policy Advisor, Housing and Homelessness, Yarra City Council



Chapter 6: Issues in Responding to Rough Sleeping


Interference with public enjoyment? Law Enforcement Responses to Homelessness in Sydney’s Central Business District

Roslyn Cook, Managing Solicitor, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and Chris Hartley, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness NSW


Rough Sleeping and One Woman’s Experience

Christine Abson, Manager, Crisis Accommodation at Launch Housing


Peticular Needs: The Benefits of Animal Companionship to People Experiencing Primary Homelessness

Kristen Scobell, Team Leader, Southbank Case Management, Launch Housing


Rough Sleepers in Extreme Weather: No Room at the Inn

Sandra Harvey, Social Work student, La Trobe University, with Loddon Mallee Homelessness Network


Going Bush: Young People Sleeping Rough in Regional and Rural New South Wales

Zoë Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Yfoundations



Chapter 7: Client and Consumer Perspectives


Consumer Voices

Consumer Voices is a regular feature in Parity. Articles are written by and with consumers to ensure they have a say about the issues that directly affect them.


Finding a Place to Belong

By Juddie


Humans Behind Homelessness: Sharing the Realities of Sleeping Rough

Compiled and written by Morgan Cataldo, Lived Experience Service Development Worker, Launch Housing





Karyn Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, Micah Projects


Leonie Kenny

Council to Homeless Persons, Rough Sleeping Manager


Katherine McKernan

Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness NSW


Chris Middendorp

Manager, Sacred Heart Central, Client Services, Sacred Heart Mission Inc.


Felicity Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Foundation


David MacKenzie

Swinburne University and University of South Australia


Heather Holst

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Launch Housing