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
Two new events have been added to the CIO Calendar, both hoping to raise awareness of housing for homeless. You can find the link on the top menu bar. If you have any events that you’d like to promote through Melbourne CIO, please comment with the details.
Sleep Out On Moreland Council Doorstep- Wednesday July 14th
Anthony Arthur and his dog Princess were left homeless and have been sleeping in Moreland parks since June 2nd after a council inspection led to the closure of their Brunswick rooming house. The operator of Tony’s rooming house chose to shut up shop rather than comply with council orders. “I went to Hume-Moreland housing but as soon as you tell them you have a dog, they say we can’t help you,” said the 46-year-old. Tony and his supporters have been demanding more government funding so that local Councils, including Moreland, and community organisations can take over rooming houses when they close, and ensure that they meet standards under the Residential Tenancies Act. (more…)
CIO proudly presents the 2010 Melbourne Squatters Guide! Updated and full of all sorts of useful info for squatters or those just thinking about it. Check it out on the menu bar, or access the link directly here! Coming soon, the full downloadable booklet that you can print out and have to hold and love and call your own.
May Day Housing Action
At 1.30pm on May 1st 2010 activists from the City Is Ours dropped a banner reading “Rising Rents = Rising Homeless” from the seventh floor of an overpriced apartment block across from Flinders Street train station. The action was taken in solidarity with similar events being held across the US by the Take Back The Land group (takebacktheland.org) and highlighted the rental rip offs taking place in Melbourne, including landlords charging $480 a week for tiny spaces in the building from which the banner was hung. Passersby, including a huge contingent of the undead taking part in a Zombie walk, gave the banner the thumbs up. Flyers highlighting the human cost of the city’s rental crisis (text below) were also handed out.