Victoria Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell
Working Together On The Homelessness Challenge
Victor P Taffa
Housing Minister Wendy Lovell has outlined the benefits of service providers working together to tackle homelessness and disadvantage at today’s Second Annual Integrating Services to Reduce Homelessness conference.
The conference, held in Melbourne, brings together workers in the homelessness sector from around Australia.
“Homelessness is a complex issue and there is no simple solution or magic bullet. That’s why I’m pleased this conference is focused on the need to integrate services for homelessness.” Ms. Lovell said.
“One of my highest priorities since becoming Minister has been to break down silos among homelessness services and to make a real difference to people who are at risk of, or are experiencing, homelessness.”
“We all need to work together more effectively.”
Ms. Lovell also outlined recent Victorian Coalition Government initiatives to reduce homeless. These include:
• A four-year, $76.7 million Homelessness Action Plan, which includes $25 million for Innovation Action Projects that demonstrate new ways to tackle homelessness through partnerships across service providers;
• A new Ministerial Advisory Council on Homelessness that will advise the Housing Minister on longer-term reforms;
• Three new 40-bed Youth Foyers in metropolitan and regional Victoria, targeted at homeless young people,
• Five Work and Learning Centres on public housing estates, so that people can easily connect with training, jobs and support services, the first two of which will be at Carlton and North Geelong.
“Not having a job excludes people both economically and socially, trapping them in a cycle of disadvantage. A pathway to a stable job is a proven circuit breaker.” Ms. Lovell said.
“The Work and Learning Centres and the Youth Foyers will help people realise their own aspirations.”
“Our approach aims to reduce the risk of people being trapped in a cycle of homelessness from one generation to the next.”
“I am looking forward to working with the support sector to really make a difference for Victorians experiencing homelessness.” Ms. Lovell said.