The Gatwick: The Last Chance Hotel

It’s a pity this documentary did not screen before Channel 9 bought The Gatwick rooming house for its TV renovation program, The Block.

With many of the Gatwick’s former residents now homeless or in jail, the documentary shows how essential the place was as a refuge for Melbourne’s most vulnerable.

Gatwick: The Last Chance Hotel is available on iView until December 27.

Homelessness Week #4

On any night in Australia, 116,000 people are homeless.

It’s not just people sleeping rough on the streets.

All over Australia every single day there are people sleeping in their cars, living in dodgy rooming houses or bedding down on couches on because they have nowhere else to go.

Add your voice to calls for change.

Tenders now open

Tenders are now open for service providers who wish to be involved in supporting rough sleepers who are to be housed in new modular homes on three sites across Victoria.

Minister for Housing, Martin Foley has announced 19 new modular homes at Bacchus Marsh, Norlane and Dandenong will be provided through the Towards Home program.

Towards Home is part of the $45 million Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan released in January this year. The new properties add to 30 temporary modular homes that have been placed on sites in Preston, Reservoir, Chadstone, Doveton and Brighton.

Tenders for service providers at the new locations are now open at tenders.vic.gov.au.

Tenders are also open for the Action Plan’s $19 million assertive outreach program, which will see teams established in seven high need areas across Victoria – including Geelong.

The assertive outreach teams will actively seek out and engage with people experiencing homelessness, to help them access emergency accommodation, health services and ongoing case management.

 

Homelessness Week #3

This week is Homelessness Week – a time to raise awareness and take action to ensure that everyone has a home.

Homelessness in Australia is growing rapidly, but our leaders aren’t investing in the solutions needed to end homelessness.

Will you help spread the word?

National Homelessness Week #2

The housing system is very clearly broken.

But there are ways to fix it – we just need our Government to make housing a priority, and invest in the solutions.

This Homelessness Week, will you sign the petition now to call on the Government to develop a National Action plan to end homelessness by 2030?

National Homelessness Week

Everyone needs a home – but Australia’s housing system is broken.

That’s why this Homelessness Week, we’re asking you to join the national campaign to call on our leaders to take action, and fix the broken system.

Join the campaign now.

Shining a light on rough sleeping

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its findings into the most visible tip of the housing crisis iceberg – rough sleepers.

The AIHW report looked at service patterns by rough sleepers over four years, finding that the majority were 2 in 3 were male (65%), aged over 35, and 19 per cent were Aboriginal.

Researchers identified five typical pathways into adult homelessness: housing crisis; family breakdown; substance abuse; mental health; and, transitioning from being homeless in youth (‘youth to adult’).

Download the report.

Budget ignores housing crisis

Victoria is set to retain its unenviable record of having the lowest percentage of social housing in Australia, with the budget lacking the type of investment needed to provide safe, secure and affordable housing for those on low incomes.

Chief Executive Officer of Community Housing Industry Association Victoria (CHIA Vic) Lesley Dredge says whilst the Victorian Government is to be commended on implementing the Homes for Victorians strategy, and putting in place the architecture needed for growth in social housing, Victoria’s level of social housing will continue to go backwards.

The latest statistics show there are currently 36,742 households on the Victorian Housing Register, awaiting social housing, including 17,848 on the priority list.

‘Those figures represents only some of the Victorian households experiencing extreme housing stress – impacting on all aspects of their lives and the communities in which they live, Ms Dredge says.

‘We must address the urgent backlog of social and affordable housing in Victoria. With Melbourne growing by 125,000 people last year and housing stress increasing in our regional centres, doing nothing is just not an option,’ Ms Dredge says.

‘We need 1800 properties just to stand still and remain the worst in the country – whilst the Budget target is a drop of 45 social housing dwellings.’

Ms Dredge says there were positives to come out of the Budget, including
– rebuilding the TAFE system and aligning the training system with industry
– big investments in mental health and addiction
– further investment in health and education
– continuation of the large focus on infrastructure.

‘But without an affordable, well-located home it is hard for those on low incomes to make use of these initiatives.’