Youth Homeless Matter…

Tonight, 28,000 young people in Australia, aged 12-24, will be homeless.

All over Australia, every single day, there are young people sleeping in their cars, on friends’ couches or finding shelter with family because they have no where else to go.

This Youth Homelessness Matters day, help us tell young people experiencing homelessness that they matter, by signing the petition calling on all political parties to support a national plan to end homelessness by 2030.

Fund houses homeless

Minister for Planning, Housing and Multicultural Affairs, Richard Wynne presented Women’s Property Initiatives with the keys to the newly-built home in Ashwood this week.

The stunning home has been developed through the work of the Victorian Homeless Fund — a group of volunteers supported by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) who strive year-round to assist the homeless by building and renovating houses.

The fund’s mission is to ‘build a house and give away a home’.

Generously built by SJD Homes and an extensive group of donors, suppliers and trades, the house has been named in honour of former Victorian Homeless Fund committee member, Brian O’Donnell.

The house has been donated to WPI to provide a home for a home for a female led family in need.

At the opening, Victorian Homeless Fund Chair Colleen May talked about the power of people working together to make a difference.

CEO of Women’s Property Initiatives, Jeanette Large said, ‘This beautiful home will change the future for single mum, Maria, and her three boys aged 15, 13 and 6 when they move in this week.

‘They have been through some very rough times and are desperate for stability and security. We are so grateful to the Victorian Homeless Fund that we can now provide them with this long-term home.’

Maria said that after years of waiting for a stable and appropriate home, this is like a dream come true. ‘We never thought that we would ever get to live in a house like this.’

 

Rethinking transitional housing

Victoria’s THM program was established in 1997 to provide short term housing combined with support for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

With the program turning 21 the Department of Health and Human Services initiated a review in 2017, to develop high level options and recommendations to refresh policy and operational settings. THM property providers and the support services were consulted on the key challenges and issues.

DHHS now wishes to establish a THM Reference Group to provide advice on future directions of the program. Nominations have been called for from interested people. See the Terms of Reference.

Interested parties should email a request for an Expression of Interest Form from Matthew O’Rourke, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness and Accommodation Support or call 9096 3023. Forms must be completed and returned by Friday 15 February 2019.

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.