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Many people exit the mental healthcare system into homelessness, only to return repeatedly to hospital-based care, and sometimes the prison system. Shutterstock

From hospital to homeless: Victoria’s mental health system fails the most vulnerable

Without a place to live it is nearly impossible to take care of your mental health needs.The upcoming Royal Commission should recognise the connection between stable housing and mental health.
Jacqui Lambie is the last vital vote for the Morrison government if Labor refuses to pass its tax package intact on Thursday. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Jacqui Lambie plays the Harradine game

"Yet to arrive at a final position," Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania's housing debt in exchange for support of the government's tax cuts.
People between the ages of 25 and 34 are the largest group of woman who find themselves homeless. Oleg Golovnev/Shutterstock

‘I didn’t want to be homeless with a baby’: young women share their stories of homelessness

The largest group of homeless women is between the ages of 25 and 34, and family violence is most often the cause. Their stories testify to the dangers and stresses of not having a place to call home.
The public outrage at the killing of Courtney Herron, including a vigil in the park where her body was found, demands more than a knee-jerk response from government. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Look beyond crisis accommodation so people like Courtney Herron aren’t homeless in the first place

The brutal killing of a young homeless woman has led to calls for more crisis accommodation. This is a short-term fix. We have to move beyond crisis management to sustained housing for people at risk.
In 2001, around half of homeless people were found in capital cities. Today it’s almost two-thirds. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001

Homelessness in Australia is increasingly concentrated in the capital cities, where nearly two in every three people without a home are now found. That's the finding of a study of the data since 2001.
Floral tributes form a makeshift memorial to Courtney Herron, whose body was found in Royal Park, Melbourne, on Saturday. David Crosling/AAP

Carelessly linking crime to being homeless adds to the harmful stigma

Media coverage often uses the label 'homeless' in ways that link the plight of tens of thousands of Australians to criminality. But a homeless person is much more likely to be vulnerable than violent.
A new program in South Australia would offer housing for the perpetrators of domestic violence, allowing their victims to stay in the family home. Shutterstock

An innovative way to counter domestic violence: provide housing for abusers

The SA government is trialling a new program that will provide accommodation and support services to the perpetrators of domestic violence – enabling women and children to remain in the family home.
Despite a ten-point roadmap and bold commitments, Australia has not stayed on track to reduce youth homeless over the past decade. Roman Bodnarchuk/Shutterstock

Youth homelessness efforts get a lowly 2 stars from national report card

In 2008, Australia had a national homelessness strategy, plus a ten-point roadmap to reduce youth homelessness. Why has it fallen so far short of its goals, and what still needs to be done?

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