National Homelessness Week 2017

National Homelessness Week is an annual themed week coordinated by Homelessness Australia (HA), the national peak body for homelessness services in Australia.The week is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face. It is held in the first full week of August each year.


The 2017 theme, 'Action through Innovation’, aims to highlight the many innovative service approaches throughout Australia which are effective to address homelessness.Homelessness Week 2017 also comes on the back of the recent Federal Government budget announcement relation to the creation of the new agreement, the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA). 


Homelessness NSW would like to invite you to two upcoming events during National Homelessness Week (7th-13th August).

National Homelessness Week/ Homelessness guidelines launch- Monday 7 August 2017 in Sydney at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre from 9-12:30pm.

The launch will feature an address from Senator the Hon Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and Dr Catherine Robinson, Co-host and series consultant on SBS TV’s ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’. As part of this event, Homelessness NSW, Yfoundations and DV NSW will also officially launch 3 new guidelines to support the delivery of services to people at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness:

  • Assertive outreach good practice guidelines for services supporting people currently rough sleeping
  • Good Practice Guidelines for the Domestic and Family Violence Sector in NSW
  • Good Practice Guidelines for working with Unaccompanied Children 12 – 15 years accessing Specialist Homelessness Services

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Sustaining Tenancies- practical solutions to tenant debt- Thursday 10th August at Gilbert+Tobin, Barangaroo

Homelessness NSW, Bridge Housing and the NSW Federation of Housing Associations are hosting an upcoming event focusing on community housing provider’s response to tenant debt.

In 2016, Homelessness NSW released Debt Set Unfair , which examined the operation of the social housing debt system and its impact on people experiencing homelessness. The report found that many people experiencing homelessness were unable to re-enter the social housing system due to debt. Also in 2016, Bridge Housing implemented Hand Up, which offers tenants alternative, non-monetary ways of repaying their rental arrears.

The forum will commence at 8am with a light breakfast, tea and coffee provided to participants. It will then feature presentations from:

  • Chris Hartley, Senior Project Officer at Homelessness NSW and author of Debt Set Unfair
  • Dr Reece Plunkett Manager, Service Innovation, Bridge Housing
  • Deborah Georgiou, Head of Policy & Communication, NSW Federation of Housing Associations Inc.

Following the presentation, the panellists will be joined by Monique Hitter, Director, Civil Law at Legal Aid for a QandA forum exploring best practice responses to tenant debt and financial inclusion .

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