Archive for September, 2010
NO MORE BAND-AID SOLUTIONS. END THE HOUSING CRISIS!
6:30pm Thursday 14th October
Corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton
LES TWENTYMAN, OAM from the 20th MAN FUND
STEPHANIE MENDIS from the HOTHAM MISSION ASYLUM SEEKERS PROJECT
A representative from the COUNCIL OF SINGLE MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN
Screening of THEIR VOICES, a documentary about homelessness
All speakers will discuss how the housing crisis is hurting Victorians, outline the solutions that are urgently required and take questions from the audience. Housing Minister Richard Wynne has been invited, but has stated he will be unavailable.
Join us for the End The Housing Crisis Rally at Housing Minister Richard Wynne’s electoral office at 112 Smith St, Collingwood from 4.30pm on Friday November 12th to demand:
• Greatly expanded investment in public housing
• Legislation to limit rent increases
• An end to illegal evictions
• An improvement in standards for rooming houses & the prosecution of rogue operators
• Increased funding for housing cooperatives
• Support for green housing
• More research into sustainable infrastructure improvement and alternative living options (such as housing cooperatives)
• An end to privatisation and the corporate control of housing
Presented by City Is Ours
Events endorsed by Community Radio 3CR, Communications Workers Union Victoria, Friends of the Earth, Green Renters, Earthsharing, Socialist Party, Homeless Front, Socialist Alliance, 20th Man Fund, Freedom Socialist Party, Food Not Bombs, Fitzroy Legal Service, Revolutionar Socialist Part. Unitarian Church.
On Census night 2006:
• 23,299 people were counted as homeless, including 2,204 people ‘sleeping rough’ (without any shelter or accommodation at all) and 2,789 living in caravan parks.
• Almost half of the homeless were young people under 24.
• One in three homeless Victorians was a child under 12.
Specialist homelessness services reported in 2008-09:
• 58,600 men, women and children accessed homelessness services in Victoria.
• Nationally, more than half of all people and 70% of children needing immediate accommodation were turned away.
• In 2007 more than one million Australian families were experiencing housing stress – paying more than 30% of their income on housing.
• As of 30 June 2010, 41,017 applicants were on the public housing waiting list in Victoria.
• State and federal governments have responded to the housing affordability crisis by providing new money for social housing through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, which will deliver more than 4,400 new social homes in Victoria.
For information on homelessness read the full It Takes A Home Campign factsheet by clicking here.
The Council To Homeless Persons along with a number of other social justice and housing organisations is running a lobbying campaign during the state election called It Takes A Home. They are calling on the state government to:
- Commit to the federal government target to halve homelessness by 2020
- Deliver affordable homes
- Ensure a better start for children and young people experiencing homelessness
- End the cycle of homelessness by providing support where it is needed, for as long as it is needed
- Invest in the homelessness workforce delivering services to those in need.
They are asking people to lobby the media and candidates and to organise candidates forums in their local electorate. For more information check out- www.ittakesahome.org.au/about