9 August 2019
The Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council today announced it will begin an Inquiry into homelessness in Victoria, a move welcomed by CHP CEO Jenny Smith.
“Congratulations to the Legal and Social Issues Committee for taking this first, important step. We look forward to working with the Committee to ensure real action to tackle homelessness,” said Ms Smith.
“Victoria’s homelessness crisis is getting worse every year and this Parliamentary Inquiry cannot come soon enough.
“There are 41,677 households on the waiting list for social housing in Victoria. This is 82,500 individual people, including almost 25,000 children. Research has identified that Victoria has a shortfall of 102,800 social housing properties.
“Crisis accommodation is packed to the rafters, because there’s no-where for people to move onto, so people end up in accommodation for months or years that’s designed to be short-term.
“The reality is that we need the Government to invest in at least 3,000 additional social housing properties each year to meet the needs of our growing population.
“We urge the Victorian Government to listen to our sector and to people with a lived experience of homelessness for the answers we need to care for our most vulnerable Victorians.
“It starts with raising the Victorian investment in social housing to at least the national average – we simply cannot house people without homes.”
“People with complex needs, including serious mental health conditions, also need ongoing support to sustain housing. We know what works, and we need these services across the state to reduce homelessness”