People experiencing or at risk of homelessness can face systematic exclusion from a range of services. Access to justice and legal advice is one of these areas. In understanding the many ways in which people experiencing homelessness struggle to achieve justice, it is important to understand that homelessness occurs as a consequence of broader structural issues in the Australian economy, including poverty, an increasingly deregulated and casualised workforce, serious shortages of affordable housing, and racism.
This submission talks to both the challenges specifically pertaining to homelessness, as well as to the issues of engaging people with more complex needs, who are overrepresented among people who experience repeat or chronic homelessness.
Please note, this publication was published prior to CHP’s branding refresh in 2022.