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At least 30,000 Victorians don’t have a home tonight (including 6,800 children). They’re living in their car, staying somewhere temporary like a friend’s couch, in a shelter or refuge, living in severly over-crowded housing or have nowhere to go at all. In a country as wealthy as Australia, no-one should be without a home. The top 3 causes of homelessness are family violence, financial difficulties, and the housing crisis.
We can end homelessness by building more homes. For most people, a home that they can afford would end their homelessness.
Our 2023 Campaign - Houses at Parliament was a huge success
The Southern Homelessness Services Network (SHSN), as part of the Victorian Homelessness Network (VHN), presented the Houses at Parliament campaign for Homelessness Week 2023 - 7-13 August.
The Victorian Homelessness Network event at Parliament House was a huge success. Staff from homelessness services across Victoria gathered on the steps of Parliament House with over 6,000 origami houses, to raise awareness of the need to build more social housing to end homelessness.
We were joined by members of Parliament who visited the display to learn more about homelessness in Victoria. We met with Housing Minister Colin Brooks and many other MPs from our region including David Southwick, Brad Rowswell, Ryan Batchelor, Katherine Copsey and Chris Crewther (see photos below).
And big thanks to all the makers of origami houses around our region. We made over 3,000 houses in the South alone, nearly 10% of the real unmet need for housing in our region (see the photos below).
The event received extensive media coverage. Click on the images below to watch the SBS coverage and the 9News coverage.
Homelessness Week 6 -12 August 2023
Houses at Parliament
Homeless Memorial held 11 October, 2022
Following World Homeless Day on 10 October, the first Homeless Memorial in three years was held on 11 October. The Homeless Memorial is ceremony that brings the community together to remember those people who have passed away whilst experiencing homelessness. This was the 20th anniversary of the Homeless Memorial and it was an honour for the SHSN to take part in the Memorial.