Victoria


                                   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 ...


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



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 ...


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


The Wheeler Centre has hosted a public, in-depth Q&A on homelessness featuring a panel of experts in the field, including: Jenny Smith, Chair of Homelessness Australia and CEO of Council to Homeless Persons Lucy Adams, Manger of Homeless Law Erika, who has a lived experience of homelessness Michael Perusco, CEO […]

Expert panel on homelessness condemns Melbourne’s proposed homeless bylaws