Homelessness & Affordable Housing

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Safe, stable, affordable housing can lead to better education and employment outcomes, as well as stronger social networks.

 

With more than 18,500 people homeless in Melbourne and one in five households spending more than 30% of their income on housing, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation continues to seek out innovative solutions to overcome entrenched homelessness and find new ways to develop and provide affordable housing.

The Foundation aims to prevent long-term homelessness through early intervention housing support services, and increasing the supply of appropriate affordable housing with grantmaking and impact investment tools.


How does homelessness occur?

There are many contributing factors that can lead to a person experiencing homelessness. Family violence, a shortage of affordable housing, mental and physical illness, and drug and alcohol abuse are reasons why someone may become homeless.
Our hmelessness initiative aims to prevent long-term homelessness through early intervention and increasing the supply of affordable housing.

 

Impact 1

Increasing the supply of affordable housing

Strategic and creative responses to housing affordability have been developed, which involves broader community awareness and sensitivity to design and neighbourhood impact to prevent entry into homelessness.

Strategy

1.1 Address the factors associated with housing affordability
 

Impact 2

Early intervention to prevent entry into and entrenchment in homelessness

Specialist homelessness services have the capacity to intervene early to prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness and provide continued support to people at risk.

Strategy

2.1 Intervene early to prevent entry into or entrenchment in homelessness.

Program Manager: Kerryn Jones

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Key Stats

18,500+

Homeless in Melbourne

1 in 5 people in Greater Melbourne

Spend more than 30% on housing costs

Domestic violence

is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children

Impact Stories

“Sometimes we think social issues are too big, but if we deal with these issues together, in a collaborative manner, we can actually achieve social change.”

Fiona Reidy | Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund

“Sometimes we think social issues are too big, but if we deal with these issues together, in a collaborative manner, we can actually achieve social change.”

Fiona Reidy | Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Fund

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Education & Employment