The Victorian Electoral Commission has released the following notice for SHS workers: Victorians who did not vote in the 2018 State election last November may receive an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice next week asking for an explanation. Homelessness, incarceration or serious mental illness are sufficient reasons for not voting. If any of your clients […]
In an effort to have input into shaping the State Government’s budget allocation toward housing, CHP have released a pre budget submission addressing the social inequities underpinning homelessness and targets for addressing the housing shortfall.
See the ABC news website for this story that explains causes of the increasing trend of working people accessing homelessness services.
Deterring people from spending too much time in public spaces through the use of design features is referred to as ‘hostile architecture’ and while it may not be promoted as such, it definitely rules out rough sleeping. You can read more about this alarming trend at 10 daily .
This thought provoking article in the October edition of Parity magazine raises some interesting ideas about the relationship between between homelessness and mental health.
In 2018 Australians were given a glimpse of the Gatwick Private Hotel in St Kilda on popular renovation series The Block. The Gatwick has been described by some as a flophouse, a hellhole even, and by others as providing an essential service for the disadvantaged. Shot over four years, Gatwick – The Last Chance Hotel chronicles the […]
Prior to the State election, the Labour party pledged the following as part of their election platform- Invest $209 million to build an additional 1,000 public housing properties over three years. Establish Victoria’s first LGBTI Homelessness Grants Program, in recognition of the fact LGBTI people are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness. For detailed information you […]
Read about this success story for William, a client from the Care Farm project at Child & Family Services, Ballarat.
In the lead up to the Victorian State election, that’s a very good question, so staff at Victorian Council of Social Services are helping to keep us informed with their Policy Tracker . If the government’s response to any social issues will help to determine how you vote, it’s well worth going to look at.
Please note that the deadline for enrolling to vote is 8pm, Tuesday November 6th. If you are working with clients who need to enrol, see the VEC website for more details.