The ABS today released the 2016 Census data, showing that 24,817 Victorians were counted as homeless in 2016, an 11% increase since 2011 Census.
The Census puts a number to what Victorian homelessness services have long been reporting – that they’re groaning under the weight of demand.
The increase in homelessness is no surprise given that as a country we’ve failed to tackle the housing affordability crisis, and our homelessness services continue to be chronically underfunded.
From the Council for Homeless Person’s: This week, the Senate will be voting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which will apply stricter conditions and harsher penalties for non-compliance to people receiving Centrelink payments. The Government has estimated that at least 80,000 people will lose income support payments if the changes are adopted. We have prepared a thorough brief on the Bill, and its impact on vulnerable people.
The press release includes quotes from families participating in the LASNs’ 2016 consumer survey, about their children’s experiences of homelessness. In 2015/16 the Northern and Western LASNs supported approximately 8,000 families experiencing homelessness. Media release. North and West Regional Children’s Resource Program. May 10 2017.
Council to Homeless Persons has worked with 54 leading homelessness, housing, legal and faith groups to present the Melbourne City Council with an alternative to the proposed local laws that make it illegal to sleep rough in the CBD. As an alternative to these laws, the framework sets out a suite of evidence-based, practical measures that address the Council’s challenges, without enacting punitive and ineffective laws. Council to Homeless Persons. April 6, 2017.
A new cost-benefit analysis has illustrated the link between homelessness and the economy.
Rough sleepers have been moved on from Melbourne’s city streets, but without a long-term assistance strategy, how can they rebuild their lives? By Roj Ahmedi. March 4, 2017.
Nelly Thomas on how her mate became homeless
How does an articulate, middle-aged highly employable – and employed – man become homeless? Nelly Thomas explains. February 27, 2017.
Open Access Services Evaluation: an appraisal of four open access centres in Melbourne Report by The University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, appraising the open access centres of Sacred Heart Mission, Prahran Mission, St Mary’s House of Welcome and VincentCare Victoria. October 2016.