Media releases

Media releases 2019

3 December A Royal Commission into veteran suicide must also address rising veteran homelessness (Homelessness Australia)

28 November More than one in six people using public mental health services face homelessness, but opportunity missed to identify the need for housing options

22 November Treasury ‘’deed’’ an opportunity to immediately reduce homelessness

12 November Minimum standards in rental properties essential to protect tenants’ health and prevent homelessness in Victoria

31 October More social housing is needed to prevent and treat mental illness

29 October New national data shows homelessness that homelessness in older people is highest in Victoria

14 October Young Australian couchsurfers and refuge dwellers will become tomorrow’s rough sleepers without intervention, warns Canadian homelessness expert

13 October Blankets and shelters won’t end homelessness, warns Canadian expert

12 October Australians to learn from Canadian approach to ending homelessness at conference

7 September Reducing homelessness among prison leavers would reduce recidivism and prison spending

29 August Clear connection between homelessness and inadequate Newstart payments, says Homelessness Australia

26 August Boosting public housing in Brunswick West

9 August Council to Homeless Persons welcomes Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness

6 August Should Australia have  a law to prevent homelessness

5 August Federal Government spending on social housing and homelessness has declined in real terms (Homelessness Australia)

18 July Homelessness will increase as social housing proportion falls

18 July Latest AIHW data shows impact of declining federal investment in social housing (Homelessness Australia)

20 June Tasmania leading the way on collaborative efforts to ease the homelessness crisis (Homelessness Australia)

6 June March quarter rental report shows housing crisis continues in Victoria

30 May New report reveals increase in homelessness after prison  (Homelessness Australia)

30 May During Reconciliation Week 2019 we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people without a home in Victoria

27 May Homelessness Initiatives welcome, but more action needed to deliver social housing 

27 May Only social housing will get Victorians off the street

22 May Outreach to rooming houses a Victorian Budget priority to save lives

16 April Thousands of young Victorians still homeless after seeking homelessness help

14 April: Family violence victim-survivors at risk of homelessness if Victorian Government doesn’t re-fund rapid-rehousing program in state budget

21 March National Close the Gap Day: CHP and AHV call on Federal and State Governments to address social housing shortages that hit Indigenous Australians the hardest

6 March State Budget must rectify neglect of social housing

3 February Australian workers seeking homelessness assistance in greater numbers

22 January 200 fewer Victorian social housing units since 2014, despite homelessness state of emergency: new figures

Media releases 2018

14 December Women and families flood Victorian homelessness services as housing crisis continues

14 December 1-in-85 Australians sought homelessness help in 2017-18 (Homelessness Australia)

13 December Dubious report denies reality of people living without a home

29 November Single working parents locked entirely out of metropolitan Melbourne rental market

24 November 70% increase in number of women seeking homelessness assistance due to family violence

17 November New funding will help ease LGBTIQ homelessness

15 November Social housing should return to ‘early post-war period’ levels

11 November More dedicated housing for prisoners would reduce re-offending and homelessness

29 From hospital into homelessness

17 October homelessness peak welcomes public housing announcement

12 October Everybody’s Home alliance demands ‘a Whittlesea a year’ to end social housing crisis

17 September Heat map reveals worst State electorates for homelessness

17 September Heat Map reveals true picture of homelessness in regional Victoria

7 September Peak applauds new rental laws that will reduce homelessness

6 August Not just straight white males: gay, migrant, Muslim, homeless

5 August How Finland ended homelessness… and why Australian hasn’t

3 August Sex-for-rent a worrying trend as women run out of housing options

30 July 38,000 Victorians waiting for a home – more in urgent need

19 July Homelessness Week events in suburban and regional areas

4 July Local councils bear the burden of political inaction on homelessness

20 June Counting homeless deaths

17 June Rental vacancies plummet

15 June Homes fix homelessness, not laws

5 June 25,000 children among the thousands of Victorians waiting for social housing

16 May CHP calls for a bipartisan approach to homelessness

9 May Homelessness Australia: Federal Budget ‘Short-sighted and heartless’

1 May State Budget falls short in boosting low-cost housing

23 April Crisis levels of one and two bedroom rentals in Melbourne

22 April Over 1,300 Australians went from psychiatric care to homelessness, AIHW data shows

18 April Young couch surfers worse off than those sleeping rough, new research reveals

15 April Census reveals 10,813 homeless Uni and TAFE students

14 March Homelessness increase no surprise; homelessness is not a Federal priority

14 March Victoria calls for better funding deal, as Census shows surge in older people’s homelessness, couch-surfing, severe overcrowding

6 March Politicians cross swords while Ashburton public housing estate remains vacant

2 March Being evicted is bad for your health; be wary of weakening rental laws that protect tenants

22 February Number of wage earners seeking homelessness help has risen 30% in three years

11 February Surge in evictions prompts calls for Stamp Duty revenue to fund more social housing

5 February Welfare Reform Bill will cause a flood of homelessness

2 February Vacant land sitting idle does nothing in fight against homelessness

13 January Rough sleeping action plan a ‘critical turning point’ in solving homelessness

9 January ‘Chaos’ of homelessness jeopardising the education of thousands of kids


Media releases 2017

1 December Homelessness services brace as wild weather hits

29 November Households on $50K must live 115km out of Melbourne to avoid rent stress: report

25 October Federal Government needs to address lack of social housing, not put national funding at risk for housing and homelessness services

2 October Decline in Victorian Rental increases urgency for Federal investment in public and community housing 

26 September Homelessness peak welcomes Lord Mayor’s practical approach to rough sleeping

14 September Victorian Homelessness Award winners announced

14 September 2-in-3 rough sleepers are in the suburbs and regional areas

13 September Victorian Homelessness Conference kicks off

10 September How Finland ended homelessness and why Australia is failing

20 August Move-on laws failed in Sydney and will fail in Melbourne

18 August No room for NIMBY-ism in battle against homelessness

7 August: More older women couch surfing as private rental squeezes them out

7 August: Analysis of data reveals rapid increase in ‘hidden’ homelessness – couch surfing, sleeping in cars

5 August: Rental affordability in traditionally ‘cheap’ areas plummets

7 July: Rental affordability worst on record

28 June: Why are people sleeping rough in Victoria?

27 June: Poverty porn or investigative journalism? Response to SBS program

27 June: Census confirms deepening rental crisis

14 June Preventing evictions public housing stops homelessness in its tracks

30 May: Revolving door of homelessness spinning faster: 4,000 people sought homeless help post-prison last year

18 May: Federal Government needs to plan to grow social housing in housing ministers meeting

17 May: Just seven Melbourne suburbs where single parents on a low income can avoid ‘Severely Unaffordable’ rents

9 May: Homelessness will rise under unfair Federal Budget

2 May: Victorian Government invests to address homelessness but peak warns homelessness could still increase without Federal Government action

21 April: Homelessness Australia applauds ALP housing affordability announcement

10 April: National peak body calls for urgent action on homelessness

6 April: 54 CEOs join together to make final appeal to City of Melbourne to abandon proposed homeless bylaws 

5 April: Youth homelessness too often is hidden

28 March: Caravan park closures drive homelessness

17 March: 39,000 Australian schoolkids sought homeless help last year

15 March: Proposed homeless ban cause for concern – UN Expert

7 March: 2-in-3 people seeking homelessness help are women

6 March: Victorian Government Housing Strategy will improve affordability; now the Federal Government needs to step up the plate

26 February: Proposed ‘zero-day’ evictions will lead to more homelessness

23 February: Victorian Government responds to urgent need for social housing with a $1 billion social housing growth fund

16 February: Low-income renters suffer as ‘rent down’ phenomenon creates fierce competition 

10 February: Homelessness Australia: We must fix homelessness, not throw up our hands

6 February: Homeless agencies call on Melbourne City Councillors to reject homeless laws that have failed elsewhere

20 January: Homelessness agencies insist that making rough sleeping illegal will not solve the homelessness problem

18 January: Open letter from 36 CEOs – Moving on the homeless doesn’t make them disappear


Media releases 2016

15 December: Federal Government needs a plan to respond to the massive increase in homeless families

9 December: Twelve-month funding extension a welcome first step, but still a long way to go in turning around rising homelessness and family violence in Australia

6 December: 209 welfare leaders sign open letter calling on Prime Minister to save homelessness programs from closure

6 December: Open letter to Prime Minister Turnbull from 209 CEOs calling for an end to funding uncertainty

24 November: Peak body for homelessness welcomes 10-year plan for ending family violence

23 November: Peak calls for 10,000 one-bedroom homes for 10,000 homeless singles

12 November: New funds to help thousands of people experiencing homelessness

9 November: Young mum to deliver petitions from 40,000 Australians calling on the Federal Government to prioritise homelessness funding and reform to avert looming crisis

4 November: Welfare chiefs warn Ministers of a looming spike in homelessness in face of Federal funding cuts

28 October: Federal homelessness funding the elephant in the room at COAG Summit on Family Violence

19 October: Calls for begging to be decriminalised

12 October: Rooming house residents living in poverty, paying exorbitant rents

4 October: Infrastructure Victoria’s 30,000 new affordable homes will tackle homelessness head-on

2 October: Single working women locked out of renting in Melbourne

2 September: 1-in-20 renters don’t have a working toilet: Crackdown on shoddy rentals overdue

30 August: 1-in-4 low income renters will be living on $23/day if $4.40 Newstart energy supplement is cut

24 August: Not housing rough sleepers is costing Victoria $19 million p.a.

29 July: Connecting app users with the hidden faces and places of homelessness

18 July: Homelessness support funding announced

17 June: Vote Home campaign achieves a win with two major parties now committed to significant actions to address the housing and homelessness crisis

9 June: Low-income family asks for community support in calling for more affordable housing options

19 May: Vote Home in bid to end the housing crisis

17 May: Don’t blame the individual when lack of housing is the real problem

11 May: People who are homeless living on our streets need support not vilification

27 April: Budget will make a real difference to people in housing crisis and experiencing homelessness

21 April: Affordable housing and adequate incomes are long-term solutions to food insecurity, not simply food, says CHP