Most housing requests cite family violence

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UNITING Gippsland has reported receiving hundreds of requests for help from people facing homelessness last financial year.
In Wellington Shire, between July 2020 and June 2021, it received 589 requests for support from people experiencing homelessness.
This was an increase of 43.3 per cent on the previous 12 months.
More than a quarter (26.1 per cent) were aged 18 or under, 334 were female and 255 male, while 16.5 per cent identified as of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
More than half (60.3 per cent) were new clients, and of particularly concern, the vast majority (78 per cent) of the requests cited family violence as the main reason for seeking housing support.
Uniting Vic.Tas is calling for a better future for people at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness.
It has partnered with the Victorian government on its $150 million From Homelessness to a Home program, and so far across Gippsland, has put 52 people in homes.
Uniting Vic.Tas Gippsland executive officer Di Fisher said the program was already changing lives in Gippsland and providing people experiencing homelessness with the security and stability of their own home.
“We believe affordable, safe and secure housing for everybody is an essential human right,” Ms Fisher said.
“We know how much of difference having a home has on every aspect of a person’s life, particularly for people in crisis.”
Ms Fisher said lack of access to affordable housing directly affected people’s ability to look forward to a positive future.
“There’s strong evidence that it’s only after securing safe and permanent housing that people in crisis are able deal with other important needs such as finding a job or responding to any mental health or alcohol and drug issues they may have,” she said.
“The From Homelessness to a Home program shows that if we work together, we can end homelessness — and that has to be our goal.”
“Across Gippsland, we’ve been able to secure homes for 52 people so far.
“This is 52 people who would’ve been on the streets had it not been for this program, our dedicated outreach workers, real estate agents and property owners.”
Uniting Vic.Tas is part of the Everybody’s Home campaign, which is calling on governments to deliver a better, fairer housing system.
Currently, a lack of social and affordable housing is leading to record levels of homelessness.
On any given night, more than 116,000 people across Australia experience homelessness.
Some are sleeping on the streets or in a car, ‘couch surfing’ with family or friends or are simply unable to afford to rent.
The From Homelessness to a Home program is supported by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, the Salvation Army, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative and Quantum Support Services.
People can show their support for the campaign by signing the Everybody’s Home petition available via www.everybodyshome.com.au.
Homelessness Week is shining a spotlight on the plight of people facing homelessness, and runs until tomorrow.