Homelessness week gives us the opportunity to think about what having a home means to those of us who have them and to consider what it might be like for those who don’t. This week also provides an opportunity for those who are concerned about the numbers of people experiencing homelessness in Victoria to take action.
COVID-19 has caused so much uncertainty for so many people. If there is one thing that the pandemic has highlighted, it is the importance of a home. Yet Victoria is experiencing a housing crisis. The numbers of people presenting to homelessness services has doubled in some areas during the pandemic. Loss of work has meant that thousands of households are experiencing homelessness for the first time.
Victoria was already experiencing a housing crisis prior to the pandemic. If you would like to know more about homelessness and the housing crisis in Victoria, please click on this link to go to our website: Every Victorian Should Have a Home. On the website you will find a short PowerPoint providing more information, and some case studies and comments from people with a lived experience of homelessness.
Thanks to the Northern and Western Homelessness Networks who have worked with people experiencing homelessness in the design of this campaign. The campaign is now supported by the nine Homelessness Networks across Victoria, that constitute the Victorian Homelessness Network.
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