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?

                                    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

Due to popular demand, this year CHP has compiled a list of organisations providing meal services on or around Christmas Day that are available to people experiencing homelessness or feeling isolated. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and will be updated as information of more services comes in. If you have […]

2016 free meal services during the Christmas period

On 12 November the Victorian Government announced $109 million of new homelessness funding in Victoria over the coming five years. CHP welcomed this investment, which focusses resources on critical areas that CHP and members have long identified as priorities. We’ve examined the announcement to better understand how the specific initiatives will complement, or build on, […]

$109m of State homelessness funding announced, but Federal funding impasse ...

On March 8, Victorian Parliament will debate the Rooming House Operators Bill (2015), which if passed, will result in rooming house  operators being required to pass a Fit and Proper Persons check. The Fit and Proper Persons check will ensure that operators (and their associates) who have serious criminal convictions, […]

Introduction of the Fit and Proper Persons check for Rooming ...