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Position paper

This document maps out the housing and support needed to end homelessness in Victoria, tailored to the differing needs of particular groups. These groups, include young people, people who have been sleeping rough or who have had repeated experiences of homelessness, victim survivors fleeing violence, and First Nations Victorians.

The authors identify the investments needed to prevent homelessness before it occurs, and to deliver the amount of social housing needed to provide homes for Victorians squeezed out of Victoria’s increasingly unaffordable rental market.

Key recommendations:

  • end homelessness for women, children, and other victim-survivors of family violence by providing a housing guarantee for all victim-survivors
  • deliver 6,000 new social housing properties every year for the next ten years
  • prevent homelessness at both access points, and by increasing TenancyPlus
  • end rough sleeping and recurring homelessness by extending H2H and Homes for Families, and delivering new peer-worker and outreach programs
  • end youth homelessness with a youth homelessness strategy, housing and support options for young people, and increased case management and family mediation resources
  • end Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander homelessness by delivering 600 new social housing properties each year into Aboriginal community control, and implementing the Blueprint for an Aboriginal-specific Homelessness System in Victoria 
  • implement the SHS Workforce Development Strategy to address skills shortages in the SHS
  • improve the legal system’s treatment of people without homes with fairer treatment, bail reform, and by recognising the human right to housing.
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