A message from CHP
On Saturday 13th January 2018 the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan was launched.
The $45 million package is based on international best practice of Housing First approaches and will significantly increase our effectiveness in responding to chronic homelessness.
The plan, announced by Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, includes both additional medium and long-term accommodation options and capacity for support.
Accommodation will include:
Support will include:
Council to Homeless Persons warmly welcomes the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan and particularly appreciates the recognition of the importance of ongoing flexible support for people with the most complex needs, a critical piece of the response puzzle that we've been calling for, for a long time.
The Action Plan introduction indicates it is the first phase of a broader reform of the specialist homelessness service system focused on four key themes:
Areas for further work are articulated in the Plan under each of these areas. CHP will continue to work with the sector to advocate for service developments that strengthen outcomes for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Alongside advocacy focused on the State Government and the shape of service delivery, we are also actively advocating to the Federal Government to deliver a pipeline of social housing to ensure every Australian has a permanent, affordable place to call home, and to increase the quantum and security of Federal homelessness funding.
You can read CHP's media release about the announcement here, the VCOSS media release here, and watch a video address on the issue.
CEO, Council to Homeless Persons