What can you do to help in homelessness in Victoria?
We know that Victorians are very concerned about the numbers of people who do not have a safe home and many feel that homelessness is a complex issue to resolve. However, the solution is simple: we need housing.
There are things that you can do to help end the housing crisis:
- Sign the ‘’Every Victorian Should Have a Home’’ petition and ask your friends, family members and colleagues to sign it. The petition will be sent to the Premier, the Prime Minister and the Federal Minister for Housing.
- Talk to your friends, family and colleagues about the housing crisis in Victoria. If Victorians understand that Victoria is experiencing a housing crisis, which is creating homelessness, they are more likely to support any Government initiatives to create more housing.
- Learn more about homelessness by watching Filthy Rich and Homeless or You Can’t Ask That.
- Join the national Everybody’s Home campaign at https://everybodyshome.com.au/.
- Ring, email or write to your local State and Federal Members of Parliament to tell them that Every Victorian Should Have a Home. They need to know that Victorians are concerned about homelessness and see housing creation as a priority.
Contacting your Federal Member of Parliament
Contacting your local Members of Parliament is easier than you might think. You can draft a quick email to them, letting them know that you are concerned about the numbers of people who are experiencing homelessness in your area and asking that they prioritise housing creation, to address Victoria’s housing crisis. You could include the strategies below.
Click here for information on how to contact Federal Members of Parliament.
Contacting your State Member of Parliament
Tell your State and Federal Members of Parliament that we need:
1. A monumental boost to social and public housing
Victoria needs 166,000 new social housing properties by 2036. Research shows that the cheapest way to produce more social housing is for the Government to build it. The current need to stimulate the economy provides a wonderful opportunity to boost the construction industry, one of Australia’s biggest employers. See information about the proposed Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program here.
2. Legislation that requires a portion of any new housing development to be allocated to those awaiting this housing (otherwise known as inclusionary zoning).
3. Construction of innovative temporary accommodation that is safe and self-contained for those people who have nowhere safe to live whilst they await construction of social housing. See our report, A Crisis in Crisis about the appalling lack of crisis accommodation in Melbourne. At present there are 2,000 households, who were experiencing homelessness, accommodated in largely poor quality hotels.
The Homelessness Networks acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land – the people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Networks acknowledge that, as a direct consequence of colonisation, Indigenous peoples are over represented amongst Victorians who do not have a safe home in which to live.