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Here are four kids explaining how they were forced to urinate on the floor of "isolation rooms" in Victorian prison… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Let’s not think for a moment that by moving people on or placing them in temporary accommodation like rooming houses and motels that the homelessness problem will go away.
Victoria has reached a sombre milestone, with a record 726,900 people now living in poverty.
VCOSS believes the effects of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change can exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, financial and other socioeconomic aspects of people facing disadvantage, particularly those living on low incomes.
Victoria is fast becoming an outlier by not having minimum standards for rental properties
Take a walk down Bourke Street, under the gaze of Parliament House, and try telling a man sleeping rough on the pavement that he’s living in the world’s “most liveable city”.
Disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and heatwaves affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status. A new VCOSS report, Easing the crisis: Reducing risks for people experiencing homelessness in disasters and emergency events, states that people who are homeless – some of our most disadvantaged and marginalised community members – are at significantly greater risk from disasters and emergencies.
This report identifies and describes how emergencies have an adverse effects on people who experience, or are at risk of, homelessness. It draws on consultations with housing and homelessness organisations and peak bodies to determine emergencies’ immediate effects and their longer term challenges.
Summary The 2016 Victorian Budget includes considerable investment in housing and homelessness in response to the Family Violence Royal Commission, in the form of a family violence housing blitz. This $152m package over two years contains many pleasing initiatives.