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The Victorian Government cannot continue to encourage women to leave situations of family violence without adequate provision for safe and appropriate housing.

Rapid housing program could save lives


The media plays a powerful role in shaping public understanding of homelessness. Efforts to encourage our leaders to end homelessness with good policy can be undone with a single keystroke from a time-strapped journalist. Despite the significant attention given to rough sleeping in the media, the vast majority of people […]

Top tips for journalists to improve reporting on homelessness



Wondering what the details are of Party commitments on homelessness? We’ve put together a list of key promises in the homelessness space by the Coalition, Labor and Greens.    The Liberal/National Coalition have has committed to: $78 million to provide safe places for people impacted by domestic and family violence, including: […]

Homelessness election promises




Rising rents are pushing more people every day into homelessness. Homeless services are struggling to meet this need because there simply aren’t any housing options people can afford. That means more people sleeping rough; occupying streets and parks or abandoned buildings across the nation. In response to this human crisis, caring people want to help and reach for solutions, like this one: creating a place to stay overnight in car parks. The challenge is that these kind of dormitory-style night shelters are not a long-term answer to the problem and in the short term, can be very dangerous.

Putting people experiencing homelessness in car parks is not the ...


On this year’s National Close the Gap Day, Council to Homeless Persons’ (CHP), and Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV), are calling on both State and Federal Governments to address this shortfall as a matter of urgency, as new data analysis reveals that a shortage in social housing continues to disproportionately affect Aboriginal […]

CHP and AHV call on Federal and State Governments to ...



The State Government must rectify the massive undersupply of social housing in the upcoming State Budget if it is to stop rising homelessness in Victoria.  Despite a rapidly growing population (up 11% in just 5 years), Victoria now has less units of social housing than it did in 2014. This […]

Homelessness will grow if the State Budget doesn’t deliver change


By Juha Kaakinen, Chief Executive Officer, Y-Foundation, Finland This editorial originally appeared in the December 2018 edition of Parity: Housing First.  Subscribe or log in to read the full edition   It is now ten years since we started the National Program to End Long-term Homelessness and implemented our model of Housing First in Finland. […]

Housing First Revisited