Homelessness Australia (HA) is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector.
Homelessness Australia works in collaboration with homelessness assistance services, state and national homelessness peak organisations, other peak organisations, government agencies and the broader community.
Latest news from HA
Wednesday Sep 30 2015
New research made public today reveals that high numbers of Australians have experienced homelessness during their lives. 1 in 8 or 2.35 million of us have been homeless. 1 in 12, or 1.4 million have slept rough. "People are more likely to experience homelessness in their lifetime than diabetes, asthma or arthritis. In fact, 1 in 8 people experiencing homelessness is closer to the 1 in 6 people who will experience depression." Glenda Stevens, CEO of Homelessness Australia said. "This research should be a big wake up call to the Government. Without taking real steps to address the chronic lack of affordable housing and considering the impact of funding that does not properly resource services this number is only going to rise" said Ms Stevens. Inadequate funding, combined with an increase in people seeking help, continue to put pressure on homelessness services. Read the media...
Thursday Sep 24 2015
What about tonight? Women's safety package to #Stoptheviolence Peak body for homelessness services, Homelessness Australia, congratulates the Prime Minister on today's announcement for $100m of funding for domestic violence support and services. "This $100m will go a long way in supporting women, and services, in escaping violence and rebuilding their lives," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens, said "but it is concerning that none of this funding will address the immediate crisis domestic violence victims face – safe, crisis accommodation – what about tonight?" Domestic violence crisis support services are critically underfunded. 423 people are turned away from homelessness services each day; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year. "We need an additional $33.8m of Federal funding to respond to the most basic needs of domestic violence victims," Ms Stevens said. "This will ensure women (and their children) can at least access shelter...
Community organsations and advocates call on PM to appoint an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Affordable HousingTuesday Sep 22 2015
More than 70 representatives from homelessness services, community organisations and advocates have signed a letter to the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling him to appoint an Assistant Minister for Homelessness and Affordable Housing. Such a position would be able to assist with important processes that have begun, and are continuing into 2016. These are the Reform of the Federation, the National Affordable Housing Agreement, and the 2016 Australian Census. Read the full letter, and the signatories here.
Thursday Jun 25 2015
The draft Green Paper for the Reform of the Federation (released today) ignores the full notion of homelessness and its drivers "It's time governments got serious about ending homelessness in Australia," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens said. "More than 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, and we have strong indications from our members that each day this number is climbing, particularly due to the crisis in housing affordability, but still the Federal government appears to be distancing and disengaging themselves from homelessness."
Monday Jun 22 2015
New analysis shows additional $33.8M needed to address domestic violence service gap An additional $33.8 million per annum of Federal Government funding is needed to ensure women fleeing domestic violence aren't left without the crisis accommodation support that can help keep them safe; new analysis from Homelessness Australia shows. Inadequate funding means 423 people are turned away from homelessness services every night; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year. Experts say that number is increasing, and additional funding for specialist homelessness services is required to keep women safe from domestic violence. Yet the Federal Government's most recent funding allocation for homelessness services isn't even enough to maintain services at their current levels, according to Homelessness Australia. Services are a total of $33.8 million short of the Federal funding they need to respond to even the most basic needs of domestic violence victims in...
Wednesday May 13 2015
THE VOICE OF HOMELESSNESS STILL SILENCED IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET 2015-16 Homelessness Australia is [concerned] that the government has not yet allocated funds for the vital ongoing work of the homelessness and housing peak bodies. The government has had 6 months to rectify the inadvertent loss of the peaks that happened at Christmas 2014. The voices of the homelessness and housing sectors have been silenced by this budget. "END OF RELEASE"
Thursday Apr 2 2015
Homelessness Australia recently made a submission to the to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Impact on Service Quality, Efficiency and Sustainability of Recent Commonwealth Community Service Tendering Processes by the Department of Social Services. Our submission made a number of recommendations.
Monday Feb 9 2015
In an unprecedented move, CEOs' of more than 50 homelessness agencies and social welfare bodies have united to warn the Federal Government that thousands of vulnerable people could be thrown into homelessness if national homelessness funding is allowed to expire. A jointly signed open letter to Federal Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison from the CEOs of more than 50 services including Homelessness Australia, The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society, Mission Australia and ACOSS appeals to the Federal Government to end the uncertainty surrounding the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), which expires on 30 June 2015. Read the media release. Read the open letter. Read more about the campaign. What can you do? If you have not already done so, send a letter to your federal, state and local politician/s. Outline the local effect of non-funding will have. Even if you are not a NPAH service, the defunding of a neighbouring service will affect the demand...
Monday Dec 15 2014
The number of people receiving support from homelessness services rose in 2013-14 - with 254,001 people assisted over the year. However, the number of people whom services could not assist also continued to rise. Last year, on average, 423 people were unable to be assisted each day. Domestic and family violence continues to be the single largest reason people sought assistance. AIHW estimates that a third of all clients either sought or needed assistance for this reason. These numbers increased by 9 per cent, including an increase of 14 per cent in the number of children.
Monday Oct 13 2014
Homelessness: our greatest poverty Anti poverty week 12 – 18 October 2014 We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty – Mother Theresa Think of how often your contact your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours – what if you did not have this support network. For many Australians this network is non-existent, worn thin or worn out, leaving them isolated and unloved. Poverty, a pronounced deprivation of well-being or the inability to satisfy one's basic needs, is a direct path to homelessness. Australia, a country with the wealthiest adults in the world, has increasing poverty. 2.55 million people (13.9% of our population) were living below the poverty line in 2012 Poverty rose from 13 per cent to 13.9 per cent (and to 14 per cent outside capital cities), yet over the past 12 months, average adult wealth has grown 5 per cent. On any given night in Australia, more than 105,000...