23rd March 2013 FREE HAIRCUTS LEAVE HOMELESS FEELING GROOMY AMID WELCOME FESTIVAL FUN
by Carolyn Webb
Few community festivals offer you a dental check-up, free books and plants and a vet session for your dog along with bands and food.
Where the Heart Is could be Melbourne's most exclusive event - it's run by the Royal District Nursing Service for homeless people only.
23rd March 2013 RISING RENTERS STRESS – 2/3RDS OF AUSTRALIANS LIVE IN RENT
by The Stringer
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) ‘rental stress’ is a term often used to describe households at risk of experiencing difficulty meeting their rental costs. High levels of rental stress mean that affordability may be low and, as a result, those households experiencing rental stress may be less able to rent housing that meets their basic needs.
23rd March 2013 POVERTY HITS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
by Rachel Browne - The Age
More than 600,000 Australians with disabilities are living below the poverty line, according to new figures from the Australian Council of Social Service.
22nd March 2013 FITZROY AND NORTH RICHMOND PUBLIC HOUSING LAND SAFE
by ALANA SCHETZER - The Melbourne Times Weekly
The state government has backed away from plans to sell open land around Fitzroy and North Richmond’s public housing estates, blaming a long-running campaign of misinformation for the decision.
22nd March 2013 STRAPPED FOR CASH, HOME LEAVERS MISS MEALS
by Adrian Lowe - The Age
Fleeing the family nest may seem like a good idea for young people, but the consequences of setting up home is for some quite dire, new research suggests.
Young Australians are skipping meals and asking friends and family for money in an effort to make ends meet in the first years after they try to make it on their own.
22nd March 2013 BRAVE ELICA BATTLES AN AGE OLD PROBLEM
by Danny Lannen - Geelong Leader
GEELONG'S Elica Petroski is 36 and fighting to stay out of aged care.
She has lived all of her years with cerebral palsy at home with her caring family but a cruel deterioration in her condition during the past five months means she is now dependent on 24-hour care.
If the state's disability support system fails to find an appropriate place, aged care might be her only option.
22nd March 2013 VACANCIES IN WHITELION'S YOUTH PROGRAMS
Whitelion’s Youth Programs offers a range of support options for young men and women 15 - 24 years of age who are living in Melbourne's North West Metropolitan region. They currently have vacancies in their Young Men's Support Service and their Young Women's Support Service.
20th March 2013 CALL FOR MENTAL HEALTH HOUSING
by Stephanie Anderson - The Canberra Times
The ACT government has been urged to increase housing support for people living with mental health issues, including those leaving the corrections system.
19th March 2013 CLOSING THE DOOR ON YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
by Lily Partland - ABC News
Prevention is always better than cure. That's the thinking behind a new supported housing facility for young people in Warrnambool, that aims to keep them in education, training or employment, and out of homelessness.
19th March 2013 $215 A WEEK TO LIVE ON A BALCONY
by Charles Taperell - The Vine
Josh Chamberlin, 23, lives on a balcony. The large, windowless arch next to his bed welcomes an unimpeded din of traffic from Newtown’s King Street. The only entrance is through his friend’s bedroom. Oh, and he pays $215 per week.
16th March 2013 SUBURBS JOIN OUTBACK FOR HOMELESS HOTSPOTS
by Patricia Karvelas - The Australian
SYDNEY'S western suburbs and Melbourne's southeastern suburban belt are suffering the nation's most overcrowded conditions after remote Northern Territory indigenous communities.
A place-by-place breakdown of census data reveals that Auburn, Fairfield, Mount Druitt and Merrylands in Sydney, as well as Melbourne's Dandenong, are in the top 20 most overcrowded places in Australia, where low-income families are being driven into overcrowded conditions by a lack of affordable housing.
16th March 2013 BLANKET OF INDIFFERENCE OVER HOMELESSNESS
by Toby Hall - The Australian
THE rate of homelessness in Australia is a scandal.
It is a moral indictment on our nation that in a country with our wealth and resources, so many people don't have a secure, safe place to live.
Homelessness in Australia is a largely hidden problem.
It is also a problem that is in danger of falling off the national political agenda.
Yet now, for the first time, Mission Australia has used 2011 census data to shed new light on the homelessness issue and to create a homelessness profile of every region in the country.
It reveals that just a tiny fraction of homeless people sleep rough on our city streets; the vast majority "exist" in our suburbs and country regions.
16th March 2013 $159 MILLION FOR NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS AGREEMENT
by The Australian Government
The Australian Government today announced up to $159 million for states and territories to continue vital services that tackle homelessness.
Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness Mark Butler called on the states to match this funding injection to ensure that service delivery provided under the current National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness continues.
15th March 2013 YOUTH CAMPUS LOOKS TO BREAK HOMELESSNESS CYCLE
by ABC News
A $5 million campus for youth at risk of homelessness officially opens in Warrnambool today.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine will return to his local electorate today to open the Foyer campus, which will provide affordable housing for up to 16 young people.
13th March 2013 REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK - EXPERIENCE WITH NEW MYKI CARDS AND DAYPASS
by Jessica Murrowood at Emergency Relief Victoria
Many ER agencies have been aware of the changes to Melbourne’s transport ticketing system, particularly the introduction of Myki in late December 2009, and the completed phasing out of the paper based metcards since late December 2012. ER Victoria is interested in capturing your current experience and would value your feedback.