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Housing

(Without a Home) they took me into care.

Homelessness and Child Protection

The data on the relationship between homelessness and being involved in child protection are not extensive. In 2012, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare attempted to link data between child protection SAAP and juvenile justice sources. The published report stated that of those young people with a substantiated child protection notification, 6% had received support from homeless services in the past 12 months, whilst 7% had received homeless support in the year after their most recent substantiated notification.[1] 

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St Kilda Community Housing Dinner Photos

Check out the photos from our inaugural community dinner with Colin Lane as MC and Minister Martin Foley addressing the event. Everyone had a great time.

The People’s Solar Project

Community housing providers are having to raise rents for their tenants because of the ever-increasing costs of utilities.

This is affecting some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in our society.

To change this situation,  St Kilda Community Housing has joined with The People’s Solar to establish the first ever crowd funding project to kick start the first round of funding needed to put 15Kw of power on the roof of one of our rooming houses.

Do you want to help disadvantaged people and the environment at one and the same time?

Then help St Kilda Community Housing raise the money to raise the solar panels on our roof.

To donate please visit http://www.thepeoplessolar.com/stkildat2m/

 

Without a Home Campaign

Without a Home Campaign

Campaign to put housing affordability on the state election agenda

Local Community Housing organisations are asking voters to consider housing when making a decision at the Victorian State Election on November 29.

St Kilda Community Housing, South Port Community Housing Group and the Port Phillip Housing Association, supported by the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV), are running a ‘Without a Home’ campaign.

“Affordable Housing does not receive the priority it should,” St Kilda Community Housing General Manager John Enticott said “the lack of investment in building, acquiring and maintaining affordable housing reflects this, as does the ease with which State Governments can dispose of vital public housing stock.”

The campaign asks candidates and parties in the upcoming state election to back a strong safety net to ensure that every Victorian household has access to and is able to maintain a home.

Put up a poster

The campaign has produced of a series of posters reminding voters that “Without a Home …” most Victorians would face all sorts of difficulties such as maintaining employment, family, health, education and personal safety.

You can download and print one of the A3 posters to display yourself – or you can call Mandy at St Kilda Community Housing on 9534 1809 if you are interested in having a larger poster in the front window of your business, or a garden sign in your front yard if it is in a prominent position.

Does your local candidate support housing?

The campaign seeks to poll candidates on their positions on issues of Housing affordability and support for safety net housing such as community housing in the electorates that they want to represent.

You can visit www.chfv.org.au/votehousing to find out more about what the various political parties are saying about housing policy and who your local candidate is.

Housing affordability

Homelessness is on the rise due to a severe shortage of affordable housing. Affordable housing is defined as 30 per cent or less of household income going to cover the cost of rent or a mortgage; anything over this and people become ‘housing stressed’.

The recent Melbourne hearings of the Federal Senate Enquiry into Affordable Housing in September received many submissions from Victorian housing organisations urging policy makers to take action to increase the supply of affordable housing stock.

“Low income earners are being priced out of the private rental market at an alarming rate and social housing options are shrinking,” according to HomeGround Services CEO Dr Heather Holst. “Barriers to safe and secure tenancies in both private rental and social housing need to be addressed so that we can offer people on low incomes decent housing.”

Rooming Houses are often a last resort for many people, when the only other option is short term shelters or homelessness. But the need for housing affordability is not limited to low income and vulnerable people.

“The fluctuating economy, rising unemployment and the spiralling cost of living has put greater pressure on people of all ages to meet monthly mortgages and rentals.” said Mr Enticott “Entering or returning to the property market with housing prices ballooning has been described as impossible, leaving little option but renting, rooming houses, or public and community housing for more and more people.”

The impact of housing affordability

The social and economic costs of not acting on the affordable housing crisis are high and will be prolonged if action isn’t urgently taken to make sure every Victorian household has access to a safe and affordable home.

“Tenants in housing stress have no chance of saving a deposit towards home ownership,” adds Dr Holst “When a person is in a constant state of housing crisis it also makes it difficult to participate actively in social and community activities.”

“When someone dismisses housing issues by saying ‘if you can’t afford to live there, move on’, they should ask themselves ‘what if one day I was forced out of the home and the community that I had lived for most of my life, for reasons out of my control, where would I live, and would anyone care?’” said Mr Enticott “Well, many Victorians like us do care, and so too should our elected representatives.”

More information on the campaign

Visit www.chfv.org.au/votehousing

You can download any of the posters here.

Launch of the Rooming House Survival Guide

Rooming House Survival Guide

On Monday August 4th at 4.00pm, the Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Amanda Stevens, will be launching the rooming house survival guide. The guide will be available in both hard copy and in interactive format. The launch will be held at Baxter Hall, Christ Church Community Centre 14 Acland Street St Kilda.