Health & Wellbeing
It is a common understanding that poor health can contribute to being homeless, and being homeless can lead to poor health.
Although information and statistics are difficult to obtain, it is widely known that homelessness is associated with a number of physical and mental problems.
Firstly, health problems themselves can cause a person to become or remain homeless. The leading example is major mental illness. Secondly, living a life of someone who is homeless may cause and exacerbate a wide range of health problems. Finally, the state of being homeless makes the treatment and management of most illnesses more difficult even if services are available. Examples of this can be found for alcoholism and nearly any chronic illness.
This page is a resource for those working within the homelessness sector (especially in the eastern region) who are seeking information to support their clients.
This document is an amendment to the COVID-19 Homelessness Services Guidelines and Conditions of Funding released in December 2020.
Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Training
Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) is the new provider of the SHS Funded Training (taking over from Wodonga TAFE in 2019)
The SHS Learning Program is a central portal for training and educational resources for workers in the Victorian Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS). The program contains a mix of live training sessions, self-directed eLearning courses and other useful resources.
Client Supports and Activities
This resource has been developed by the Eastern Homelessness Network to assist people experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness. The emergency relief services listed are in the Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges area.
Research and Reports
In late 2021, The Salvation Army did a nationwide Social Justice Stocktake to get to the heart of what people were seeing in their local communities. From there, they built a map of social justice priorities across Australia.
Developed by the Eastern Regional Coordinators Group the aim of this resource is to assist workers across Inner- and Outer- Eastern Melbourne to navigate the various health and community support sectors, for the benefit of the people (consumers and carers/families) that they work with.
The guide will also assist providers to understand key entry points to the various service sectors.