Safe + Equal CEO Tania Farha published a piece in Council to Homeless Persons’ Parity: “Poverty and Homelessness” October 2023 Edition. The op-ed explores how financial security and safe, accessible housing contribute to a victim survivor’s journey to recovery from family violence. Financial security and safe, accessible housing are two of the most critical pillars in the journey to recovery from family violence. Without them, victim survivors often find themselves trapped, unable to safely escape their perpetrator and rebuild their lives without risking poverty and homelessness. 

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The SHSN has launched a set of Fact Sheets full of useful stats and facts covering each local government area in their region. 

The full set is also available on their website

Download one or all of the fact sheets here:

Across Australia, concern about the housing crisis has never been greater. Asking rents have been rising steadily for decades, and have surged to extreme levels over recent years. More households are in housing stress, and severe housing stress, than at any other time in our history. And the shortfall in social housing has peaked at record-highs as waiting lists stretch longer than anyone thought possible.

Amidst these statistics are the experiences of people. More and more are missing out on the dream of a home, including renters who have been forgotten and ignored in debates about housing for years. They now face a housing market that has never been less affordable or more volatile as they are forced to spend record amounts to keep a roof over their heads.

This survey has been conducted in response to these conditions. To better understand the impact of Australia’s overheated housing system on people’s lives.

Click here to read the full report

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at risk of homelessness are being supported with a  funded accommodation program designed to assist them to live independently in the community as they transition into adulthood.

Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke visited the site of Moorrumbina Mongurnallin – Village 21 Frankston – a $1.7 million development supporting young people aged 18 to 21 at risk of homelessness.  Moorrumbina Mongurnallin will be home to six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and two live-in mentors. It will incorporate a communal kitchen, laundry, dining area and gathering space, as well as a BBQ area, yarning circle and a basketball court. Construction is due to be finished later this year.

The Frankston site will be delivered in partnership with Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and Kids Under Cover and will provide a home to six at-risk young people for up to three years, or until the young person’s 21st year. 

Based on a communal concept, Moorrumbina Mongurnallin will support activities including cooking together, maintaining shared gardens and developing essential life skills. The residents will also receive rental references and advice when they move out of the program and into the next phase of their housing journey.

Click here to read the media release  

With rental housing being unaffordable for so many tenants, policy option discussions have raised the possibilities of imposing rent controls. In this AHURI Brief we look at what those options might mean, some of the research into their outcomes and how these might be enacted in Australia.

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After almost 12 months of providing Cheltenham Entry Point services remotely due to the sale of their old office, Launch Housing is delighted to advise they have now re-opened at the new site located at 344-348 Charman Rd, Cheltenham.   

Launch Housing are now providing IAP services Monday to Friday via phone (9556 5777 9am – 4pm) and with a drop-in service (9.30am – 4pm).  In addition to their IAP service, the site will also accommodate a wide range of support services including Youth Support Services, Transitional Support, Private Rental Assistance Program, and Accommodation Options for Families. 

When the new Cheltenham office is fully operational, Launch Housing looks forward to inviting local service providers and traders, community partners, and local and state Government and DFFH to visit and be welcomed to the new space.

Women experience disadvantages across a range of social and economic indicators. Whether in education, the job market, unpaid domestic labour or the superannuation system, women consistently experience poorer outcomes than men. These outcomes reflect the gendered development and character of culture, institutions and social policy in Australia.

Nowhere is this more evident than in housing.

This paper explores some of the gendered inequalities within the housing system, based on the Australian Housing Monitor, a recent survey of nearly 4000 people. Differences in how men and women experience affordability, security, and quality of housing are evident across nearly every metric.

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The Council for Homeless Persons wants to better understand what the housing crisis looks like for frontline service providers and their clients.

To support this, you are invited to participate in an Impact Snapshot Survey. Your responses will be anonymous, and multiple people within the same organisation are welcome to take part. It should take 2-3 minutes to complete and will help to create a fuller picture of where and how this crisis is most acute.

Click here to complete the survey

Australians are facing a rental market that has never been less affordable.

The 2023 Rental Affordability Snapshot surveyed over 45,000 rental listings across Australia and found that affordability has crashed to record lows. Anglicare Australia is calling on all parties and candidates to tackle housing affordability in the upcoming Federal Budget.

Download National Report here

Download Regional Report here

The Federal Minister for Housing, the Hon Julie Collins MP and the State Housing Minister, the Hon Colin Brooks MP,  jointly announced the construction of three social and affordable apartment housing projects on track to soon deliver more than 200 homes in metropolitan Melbourne.

The homes will be built in Brighton East, St Kilda and Balaclava as a result of a funding partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and the Albanese Labor Government.  The State Labor Government is contributing $75.03 million for projects across the three sites, while the Federal Labor Government will provide $18 million in grants and loans for works through the National Housing Infrastructure Facility.

These housing developments will deliver much needed social and affordable housing for people on the Victoria Housing Register, including those living with a disability and for women over 55 years old at risk of homelessness.

Legislation is currently before the Federal Parliament to create the $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund which will make more projects for social and affordable homes like this possible.

In St Kilda, a rooming house was redeveloped into 36 self‑contained apartments, for women over 55‑years old. The refurbishment includes a flexible communal area, with a HousingFirst office, providing a platform to encourage and create a supportive community.

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