About LOMA

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The Loddon Mallee Homelessness Network (LOMA) is a group of twenty one homelessness assistance agencies and programs funded under the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) and Community Housing Program (transitional housing and long-term housing) in the Loddon Mallee region. The agencies extend from Gisborne in the south up through Kyneton, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Kyabram and Bendigo to Echuca then west along the Murray River to Mildura. Some of these agencies have specific target groups such as domestic violence, youth, Indigenous people and people with a mental illness and the majority with all homeless people within a district.

LOMA provides co-ordination for many of the activities of these agencies including training, collaborative work, information sharing, policy responses, identification of common issues and development of solutions, raising the public awareness of homelessness and family violence and worker and agency support. Since the addition of the Children’s Resource Program in 2005 LOMA has had a focus on children experiencing homelessness.

If you are in the Loddon Mallee region, you can find contact details for the services in your area.

Vision Statement

LOMA is a network of agencies. Homelessness in our society is unacceptable. Our vision is affordable, safe, sustainable housing for everyone in the Loddon Mallee Region. Home can mean a sense of belonging, security, comfort, warmth, control and intimacy.

Purpose of the Network

LOMA is an independent forum for member agencies to work collaboratively within a Human Rights framework on issues of homelessness. We will:

  • promote consistent good practice and service response across the service system including  adherence to relevant standards and legislation, commitment to service user input and access and equity  principles
  • advocate for social change
  • be a voice for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • provide opportunities for professional development, networking and information exchange
  • provide opportunities for collaboration and partnership
  • influence, discuss implications of and develop responses to policy and program development
  • provide an opportunity for gaps and issues to be identified by workers and/or agencies
  • raise awareness of the particular issues related to Indigenous homelessness
  • undertake research and advocacy related to issues that affect people who are experiencing homelessness and those in housing crisis