Nearly 90 workers from the family violence and housing/homelessness sectors came together to share expertise, unpack myths and assumptions and better understand the unique challenges and opportunities of working in each sector. Participants heard presentations about the sectors’ shared challenges and ongoing reform processes.
Participants heard that 30% of people identify family violence as the primary reason they are accessing a homelessness service. Many women accessing family violence services are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Changes currently impacting on the sectors include:
- Housing and homelessness reforms will see a combined public housing and community housing waiting list, choice-based letting and a streamlined approach to private rental access.
- The Family Violence Royal Commission implementation promises a ‘blitz’ to rehouse women and children forced to leave their homes following violence.