The 2006 Census revealed that more than 100,000 Australians experience homelessness on any night of the year. More than 20,000 of these are in Victoria.
The combination of quality housing and long-term support ends homelessness for individuals and families. The concept of Supportive Housing refers to coordinating housing and support and can happen in a variety of permanent, affordable housing options depending on individual needs.
Our work to end homelessness
The majority of our services work with individuals and families who are currently homeless or have experienced homelessness in the past.
This involves assessing their current situation, creating a housing plan, sourcing the best available accommodation or housing and providing support services. Often, we see people at times of crisis and have to find short-term accommodation with very little notice while working towards the quickest possible access to quality permanent housing.
All of our programs and services have a strong housing focus and we believe fast access to safe, secure and affordable long-term housing together with tailored support is the basis for ending homelessness for all households.
We also carry out research and advocate for reforms necessary to ensure these principles become the basis for ending homelessness more broadly.
The tools for ending homelessness are well known - quality, affordable housing and long-term support. HomeGround seeks community and government support to make available and coordinate these two essential ingredients. The result will be a quick end to the trauma of homelessness for individuals and families and a reduction in the personal, social and economic costs of homelessness.