Jesuit Social Services welcomes the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria, in recognition that homelessness is a longstanding issue in the state.

Our submission focuses on four interconnected areas of policy and practice relating to housing and homelessness:

  • Structural disadvantage and the need to increase Victoria’s social housing stock, incorporating both public housing and community-managed housing.
  • Supporting people involved with or exiting from the justice system and the need for more supported and transitional housing programs.
  • Supporting people with complex and multiple needs and the need to expand the diversity and availability of housing options and support.
  • The need to address climate change and its impacts in ways that do not exacerbate pre-existing inequities in housing for Victoria’s most vulnerable people.