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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



The Victorian Government is establishing a Royal Commission into Mental Health. The Royal Commission will provide recommendations on how to best support Victorians with mental illness.  The Terms of Reference are currently being developed through a consultation process, and when finalised they’ll outline the parameters of the Royal Commission’s task. […]

5 reasons the Mental Health Royal Commission must examine housing ...


We recently read an article in the Ballarat Courier – Gym owner shows compassion after break-in – which made us stop in our tracks. It was about a young gym owner who had experienced a break-in, and the theft of a laptop and ipad. Rather than lash out against the offender […]

Business owner encourages empathy toward ‘people struggling’



By Nina Birkl, Team Leader, Room4Change Men’s Behaviour Change Program This editorial originally appeared in the November 2018 edition of Parity: Responding to Homelessness in the ACT Subscribe or log in to read the full edition Men’s behaviour change work in Australia has recently been under the spotlight with increased […]

There is Always Room for Change


A new report shows that a single parent, working part-time supplemented by benefits, and renting in Melbourne will be paying on average 56% of their income on rent leaving little over for essentials such as food, medicine, and utilities. The Rental Affordability Index (RAI), produced by National Shelter and SGS Economics, […]

Single working parents locked entirely out of metropolitan Melbourne rental ...



1 in 6 Australian women will experience physical violence from a partner. That violence has far-reaching consequences. In fact, domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness in women. To mark the United Nation’s 2018 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, we’re illuminating what happens to the thousands […]

A journey through domestic violence and homelessness: Sam’s Story


The following articles appeared in the October 2018 edition of Parity: Mental Health, Disability, Homelessness.  Login to read Parity  |  Subscribe to Parity   Introduction; Mental Health, Disability and Homelessness by Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons Deinstitutionalisation was predicated on the assumption that social housing would be available for all […]

Housing Security, Disability and Mental Health