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Posted 04-08-2020
If not now, when?

COVID-19 has made visible the extent of couch surfing and rough sleeping in Australia, and brought about an increase in homelessness as more people are faced with unemployment and the loss of income. We need to commit to giving our most vulnerable a home, writes Karyn Walsh, CEO Micah Projects and AAEH Chair.

Posted 31-07-2020
AAEH Media Release: Calls on federal government for a HomeSeeker package as rough sleepers start falling back into homelessness

On any given night, approximately 8,200 people are sleeping rough in Australia – during the COVID-19 response, an estimated 7,000 people have been temporarily sheltered.

Ahead of Homelessness Week, the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness is calling on the Federal Government for an urgent comprehensive and nationally coordinated Rough Sleeping Homelessness Pandemic Response Plan - or put more simply a HomeSeeker package - to end rough sleeping homelessness in Australia for good.

Posted 28-07-2020
AAEH Media Release: Homelessness sector call for ‘HomeSeeker Package’ – COVID-19 Rough Sleeping Responses

The homelessness sector has united to discuss the impacts, efforts and positive outcomes over the past 20 weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and called on a ‘HomeSeeker Package’ to end rough sleeping homelessness in Australia for good.

Posted 22-07-2020
Open Letter to the Prime Minster

On Wednesday 22 July 2020 the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister with an unprecedented call for action from Australian governments on COVID-19 and rough sleeping homelessness. Read the letter here.

Posted 22-07-2020
AAEH Media Release: Unprecedented call for action from Australian governments on COVID-19 and rough sleeping homelessness

A broad cross section of organisations across Australia have called on the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to take urgent action to ensure the people who were sleeping rough are not forced back out onto the street after being sheltered from COVID-19.

Posted 13-07-2020
AAEH Media Release: ​Sector driving policy change to end rough sleeping homelessness

The Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) has launched a sector wide lobbying campaign, Homes Beyond Covid, to raise awareness of the urgent needs of people who have now been temporarily sheltered in response to COVID-19.

Posted 18-06-2020
Homelessness: can the Covid-19 crisis help end rough sleeping in Australia for good?

"... Australia should be aiming for “functional zero” rough sleeping, where public housing becomes available at the same rate people enter homelessness.

It costs us more in health costs, in policing costs, in emergency accommodation costs to continue to leave them sleeping rough than it does to provide them permanent supportive housing, and it’s just nuts that we don’t do it,” David Pearson, CEO, Australian Alliance to End Homelessness.

Posted 15-06-2020
Plan to End Rough Sleeping Homelessness submitted to Parliament

The Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) has submitted a 7-point policy plan to the federal parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia in efforts to urgently end rough sleeping homelessness across the country.

“We need urgent action from governments - homelessness is a policy choice. It can and should be solved by government policy,” said AAEH chair Karyn Walsh.

Posted 10-06-2020
COVID-19 gave these homeless people housing, here’s how they could keep it

The Federal Government is being called on to help tackle Australia’s rough sleeping crisis, which could deliver savings of around $26 million.

A seven point policy plan to end rough sleeping in Australia would see savings to the federal government of $26 million - according to the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH). The plan, from the AAEH, comes after around 5000 of Australia’s rough sleepers were sheltered in temporary accommodation across Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted 08-06-2020
Has the coronavirus pandemic proved that homelessness is solvable?

In the days before the coronavirus shutdown took effect, a massive operation was underway in Australia's capital cities — to get more than 7,000 homeless people off the streets and into rooms in hotels, motels and empty student accommodation.

"It costs more in police call-outs, and having doctors and nurses treat people in emergency wards, than it does to provide people with a home. With the 1,000 clients that we have currently in emergency accommodation, we'd be saving $15 million a year," Launch Housing CEO Bevan Warner.