12
Oct 15

The ‘Great Australian Dream’: 8 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Affordable Housing Model for People on Low Incomes

It has long been discussed that the great Australian dream is to own your own home. However Australia faces two growing problems: the increasing divide between the wealthy and the poor, and the rise of housing prices due to foreign interest in our properties.   It is evident that the government is starting to consider … Continue reading The ‘Great Australian Dream’: 8 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Affordable Housing Model for People on Low Incomes

29
Sep 15

Mission Australia Announce Plan to Halve Homelessness

CEO of Mission Australia, Catherine Yeomans presented the organisation’s new 10 step action plan to end homelessness at Criterion’s Linking Housing & Homelessness Services conference in Sydney this morning. The newly launched policy has called on new PM Malcolm Turnbull to commit to their goals of: Halving youth homelessness by 2020 Halving total homelessness by … Continue reading Mission Australia Announce Plan to Halve Homelessness

24
Aug 15

A Place to Call Home

As CEO of Mission Australia, a community organisation focused on reducing homelessness and its causes, I often get asked the question; but what can be done? And it is rarely asked with hope and aspiration. It is asked with resignation and despair. How can we help those people on the streets? How do we reduce … Continue reading A Place to Call Home

03
Aug 15

Prohibition of homelessness is not the Answer

On June 29 it was reported that the Manchester Council in England is seeking to implement an “oppressive” injunction to ban rough sleepers from entering, sleeping or setting up tents in the city It has happened in America as cities have attempted to eradicate homelessness from public view. And unfortunately it has happened in Australia, … Continue reading Prohibition of homelessness is not the Answer

27
Jul 15

Ageing on the Edge – Older People at Risk of Homelessness

Preventing homelessness with early intervention is the latest approach adopted by governments and services responding to increasing homelessness in society. As we look for more effective methods of assisting clients beyond the crisis support system that mainly helps people after they have already become homeless, early intervention aims to avert eviction and the traumas associated … Continue reading Ageing on the Edge – Older People at Risk of Homelessness

15
Jul 15

58 Beds in a 3 Bedroom House: Australia’s Hidden Homeless

A spate of news articles have appeared recently depicting a housing crisis in Sydney and across Australia. This Sydney Morning Herald article documents Sydney’s illegal housing problem. It describes the decrepit nature and squalid nature of illegal living conditions, “58 beds crammed into a three-bedroom house, makeshift showers in hallways and tenants sleeping in bathrooms”. … Continue reading 58 Beds in a 3 Bedroom House: Australia’s Hidden Homeless

01
Jul 15

“It’s a Privilege to Experience the Vinnies CEO Sleepout”

Our CEO, Cath Jules, recently participated in the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, an annual event that raises much needed funds to tackle homelessness in Australia. Her fifth year taking part, Cath spent the night of June 18th sleeping rough in Luna Park alongside 275 other NSW CEOs. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to … Continue reading “It’s a Privilege to Experience the Vinnies CEO Sleepout”

30
Apr 15

Affordable Housing Reform Agenda Released

Author:Fiona Lam

In March, ACOSS, National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Federation of Australia and the National Association of Tenant Organisations who make up Australians for Affordable Housing released their goals and recommendations for reform to the Federal Government. The paper aims to highlight the challenges in the housing market and the causes of Australia’s current … Continue reading Affordable Housing Reform Agenda Released