Homelessness


Discrimination, violence, family rejection and heightened stress are why LGBTQ Victorians are at least twice as likely to find themselves without a home, a report has found.  In response to the alarming evidence provided by the study, The Council to Homeless Persons is calling for specialist accommodation options for young […]

Why LGBTQ Victorians are twice as likely to face homelessness


Many Australians are deeply concerned about the rising number of people experiencing homelessness in our country.  But many also feel at a loss about what they can do to help. Here are 7 practical, achievable things that you can do to help people doing it tough.  1. Become an advocate […]

Homelessness – how Australians can help



This year, the Victorian Government announced that long-term leases will now be covered by the state’s Residential Tenancy Act (RTA). An August media release from the Premier’s office stated; “[These] changes will provide stability, security and certainty for tenants and is part of the Labor Government’s Homes for Victorians strategy […]

Do long-term leases make a home?


Some local residents of Brighton East have raised objection to the development of homeless accommodation in their suburb, out of fears that it would lead to an influx of “junkies” and “ex-crims”   A story, that ran in the Herald Sun, quotes a local as saying “I have five grandkids who play outside … if […]

No room for NIMBY-ism in the battle against homelessness



The City of Sydney’s latest homeless street count has found that the number of rough sleepers in the city has remained unchanged, despite harsh new move-on laws fast-tracked by the NSW Government in early August. The failure of Sydney’s new move-on powers to impact rough sleeping numbers is yet further […]

Laws have failed to reduce homelessness in Sydney, and they’ll ...


To mark Homelessness Week 2017, Council to Homeless Persons analysed Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data to expose trends in ‘hidden’ forms of homelessness. Just 6% of people who are experiencing homelessness are sleeping on the street. The majority are effectively invisible to society.  This data shows that hidden […]

Rise in hidden forms of homelessness triggers call for 100,000 ...



An Interview with Dr. Catherine Robinson, one of Australia’s leading homelessness researchers.  This interview first appeared in the July edition of Parity – Poverty and Homelessness: The Elephant in the Room Catherine was employed to support the development and production of the recent SBS series, “Filthy Rich and Homeless” and is […]

Porn or Pedagogy? Parity interviews an advisor for SBS’s ‘Filthy ...


              Kate Colvin, Policy and Communications Manager, Council to Homeless Persons.   This article originally appeared in the May 2016 edition of Parity, Australia’s only dedicated publication on homelessness and housing issues. Subscribe to Parity here  The Royal Commission report recognised the critical importance […]

What Would it Take for Women Fleeing Violence to Have ...



                                    An AIHW report released this month shows that 1-in-6 Victorian public housing properties are ‘underutilised,’ and 5% are overcrowded.  ‘Underutilised’ means that the properties contain spare bedrooms that are going unused by […]

Public housing is under-utilised and overcrowded


The latest DHHS rent report shows that Melbourne’s rental affordability is the worst on record, with just 5.7% of all rentals in Melbourne affordable to someone on a low income. Put simply, 1-in-20 rentals in Melbourne are affordable to someone on a low income compared to five years ago when 1-in-5 […]

Melbourne rental affordability worst on record