Victoria's homelessness and rough sleeping action plan
In January 2017, Mr Tony Nicholson, the Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, was appointed to:
- Oversee the delivery of the Towards Home housing and support response
- Develop recommendations for a long-term strategy to reduce rough sleeping in Victoria.
In October 2017, Mr Nicholson presented his advice to the Minister for Housing, together with a detailed situation appraisal setting out the evidence base for his recommendations.
In response, the Victorian Government has developed Victoria's homelessness and rough sleeping action plan – the first phase in the development of a long-term homelessness strategy for Victoria.
The action plan provides a framework for reducing the incidence and affect of rough sleeping in Victoria within the context of four key themes:
- Intervening early to prevent homelessness
- Providing stable accommodation as quickly as possible
- Support to maintain stable accommodation
- An effective and responsive homelessness service system.
As part of the action plan, the government will announce $10 million in funding to expand assertive outreach and flexible support in the CBD and beyond to City of Yarra and Port Phillip.
Another $9 million will go to assertive outreach and flexible support in outer metro, regional and rural Victoria.
There will also be $4.5 million of funding dedicated to the reform of crisis support accommodation.
A further $22 million of initiatives have been announced:
- $4.8 million for 20 additional modular one-bedroom homes
- $9 million for six supportive housing teams
- $8.2 million for three additional Accommodation for Homeless phase 2 projects.