The final report for the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness is out

“It is not an impossible target to end homelessness in Victoria.” These are the words of Fiona Patten MLC, Chair of the Legal and Social Issues Committee who led the first ever Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness.  

We are honored to have contributed to the Inquiry, both presenting at a public hearing and with a submission, which you can read here.

CEO James King said “We are really pleased to see the Final Report recognise the critical importance of increasing the number of appropriate and affordable homes and targeted support to enable a quick response to people in housing crisis.  

As the largest provider of services to people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness in Melbourne’s West, we are invested in building more high-quality, affordable housing and providing the supports people need to settle in and maintain a home.  

The final report has been released with 51 recommendations, after considering 450 submissions and conducting 18 public hearings. 

Professor Guy Johnson from the Unison Housing Research Lab, features in the video overview of the Inquiry and findings stating, “Affordable housing will make a fundamental difference.  We need to develop and fund, in an ongoing way, a viable social housing system.” 

Professor Johnson went on to say that in all its complexity homelessness is a basic issue to resolve with housing and support.  

The Inquiry Report video can be viewed here 

In 2018–19, one in 57 Victorians accessed a government-funded homelessness service, a figure that likely underestimates the extent of the issue.  

This is the first ever Parliamentary Inquiry into this critical issue and we look forward to the Government’s response to the Report and working together on actioning the Recommendations.