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Campaign urges Melbourne authorities to stop issuing fines to homeless people

australia homeless people 300x225 Campaign urges Melbourne authorities to stop issuing fines to homeless peopleA campaign has been launched in Melbourne to cut the number of fines handed to homeless people for offences such as begging and fare evasion.

The Homeless Person’s Legal Clinic has called on the authorities to use their discretion and consider other options instead of issuing fines.


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Counting the ‘Hidden’ Homeless

Homeless Persons’ Week 2013 is shining the spotlight on the ‘hidden homeless’, and on the need to strengthen strategies towards halving homelessness by 2020, according to Homelessness Australia, the national peak body representing homelessness services. More than 105,000 people in Australia experience homelessness on any given night, and just six per cent of them are […] Continue reading →

Count of homeless people wanted

Advocates for the homeless are calling for an official head count of people sleeping rough, saying the Government does not know the true scale of the problem. There is no exact figure on the number of people currently homeless – but the Government estimates it is about 250, based on the Housing New Zealand waiting […] Continue reading →

Insight into hardship of so many homeless

HOMELESSNESS isn’t just about the fear of not knowing where you’ll sleep each night – it’s also the emotional impact of the instability, writes Ali Clarke. MORNING, afternoon, evening. How was your big comfy bed last night? Did those four walls and the roof the bank lets you call home keep you warm and dry? […] Continue reading →

Allowing Homelessness ‘Socially Repugnant’

As CEOs step out of the boardroom and onto the footpath for a cold night sleeping rough, an advocacy group is calling for a federal commitment to reduce homelessness across the country. On Thursday night, CEOs will sleep on the streets to raise awareness and money for homelessness. To see more click here We would […] Continue reading →

Definition of homeless widened

The federal government is widening its definition of homelessness. Housing and Homelessness Minister Mark Butler said on Wednesday that people staying in crisis accommodation should be regarded as homeless. The new definition stipulated that safety must be recognised as a vital element in how people lived. Some people may be homeless because they have no […] Continue reading →

Homeless Agreement Signed

Micah Projects welcomes signing of National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, calls for bipartisan support going forward Micah Projects, a not for profit organisation working with hundreds of people in Brisbane who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, has welcomed the signing of the National Homelessness Partnership Agreement between the Australian Government and the Queensland […] Continue reading →

Shortage of places for families who are homeless

Families comprise an increasing proportion of the nation’s homeless but there is a dire shortage of suitable accommodation for them, says a new report. The Wesley Mission’s research found that families make up one-third of those seeking help for homelessness. While the report acknowledged the federal government’s commitment to build 20,000 social housing units, it […] Continue reading →