Advocating for change
Through research and gathering evidence, we aim to support our clients more effectively, encourage social and policy change, and champion a just and inclusive society.
HomeGround also engages with government and the community around housing and homelessness issues - and around community attitudes and stereotypes. Our Home Truths Project is the main way we do the latter.
Part of our role is also to advocate for changes to policies and systems and shift towards for proven models for ending homelessness and away from ineffective or exclusively crisis-driven models.
In our advocacy we focus on several areas:
- Shifting the focus away from managing homelessness to ending homelessness
- Increasing affordable, social and public housing supply
- Introduction of Housing First and Supportive Housing approaches
- Making private rooming houses safe for residents
- Improving conditions for homelessness sector workers
We also support a variety of public campaigns for change.
- $35 is not enough! (ACOSS)
- Australians for Affordable Housing (various)
- Decent not dodgy Campaign for liveable rental properties (VCOSS)
- Every Australian Counts Campaign (various)
- Pay up! - No more lip service to equal pay (ASU)
- Save SHASP Campaign (various)
An Advocacy Group made up of staff from across the organisation work on advocacy projects.
Every day our workers advocate on behalf of clients to represent their interests to government, housing providers and other services.