$42 MILLION TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS IN VICTORIA

$42 MILLION TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS IN VICTORIA

Posted on 24. Sep, 2010 in News

Six new flagship projects to reduce homelessness and provide better support to those at risk of being homeless form the centrepiece of a $42 million Victorian Government’s strategy to tackle homelessness, unveiled today by Premier John Brumby.

Joined by Housing Minister Richard Wynne and representatives of the homelessness sector at the Inner South Community Health Service in South Melbourne today, Mr Brumby officially launched A Better Place: Victorian Homelessness 2020 Strategy.

 

“Our Government has led the national agenda on homelessness and housing over the past 10 years through our innovative Victorian Homelessness Strategy 2002,” Mr Brumby said.

“But with more than 20,000 Victorian men, women and children estimated to be without a home on any given night, we need to do more to help these people get back on their feet.

“The $42 million A Better Place strategy yet again sets Victoria apart from other states and places a greater focus on prevention and early intervention to help address the causes of homelessness.

“This strategy sets out a long-term reform process that shifts the emphasis from crisis response to prevention and early intervention.

“This is a long-term plan for the next 10 years that aims to find new ways to make a lasting difference to the lives of those people that are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.”

Mr Wynne said the funding would implement six, four-year flagship projects, an employment program and a private rental brokerage fund.

“The strategy is structured broadly around three ‘life stage’ groups experiencing homelessness, each with their own needs and priorities,” Mr Wynne said.

“These are; families with children and independent young people aged between 15 to 24; adults aged between 24 and 55 who are not caring for children; and people aged over 55.”

“This new strategy moves away from the previous ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and aims to get to the root of the homelessness problem.”

The six flagship projects are:

  • Family homelessness – this will work with around 250 individuals, including children, to ensure children stay in school and families secure and maintain affordable housing;
  • Family violence – this project will build on already established work undertaken through recent family violence services reforms to ensure families receive legal services and safe accommodation and financial counselling;
  • Young people – this aims to support young people to attend and complete secondary school and develop positive family or adult relationships;
  • Adults experiencing short term homelessness – working alongside Centrelink staff this project will focus on providing income and housing support along with links to employment or vocational training;
  • Adults experiencing long term homelessness – this project will provide and coordinate resources to meet the needs of long term homeless adults, including health and housing needs; and
  • Older people – this project will provide and coordinate a range of services, including housing and support services such as meals, transport and assistance with shopping and cleaning to assist older people to maintain housing tenancy.

 

Mr Wynne also announced that retired Salvation Army Major David Eldridge would chair the Ministerial Advisory Committee overseeing the implementation and evaluation of the strategy.

“Mr Eldridge brings to this role three decades of hands-on experience in the homelessness sector,” he said.

Mr Wynne said the landmark Victorian Homelessness 2020 Strategy, being overseen by the Ministerial Advisory committee would make a difference to people in the community experiencing homelessness.

Please go to: http://www.housing.vic.gov.au/homelessness-and-family-violence/homelessness/Homelessness-2020

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