Three steps to improve the mental healthcare of people experiencing homelessness This submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlights the urgent need for housing to improve the mental healthcare of people experiencing homelessness. Launch Housing Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne-based community organisation working with people […]
The Policy Agenda
Launch Housing believes that homelessness is caused by our unequal society. People don’t choose to be homeless. We believe that governments must take an active leadership role to improve services for people at risk of homelessness and to increase the supply of safe, secure and affordable housing.
Launch Housing uses the latest research to develop solutions to end homelessness. We engage directly with decision makers and participate in public and political debates to highlight the causes and consequences of homelessness.
We believe government funding, policy and taxation settings should focus on:
- Moving from managing homelessness to ending homelessness
- Increasing the supply of affordable housing, including social housing and housing in the private rental market
- Delivering a ‘housing first’ approach to service delivery
- Making private rooming houses safe for residents
- Improving conditions for homelessness sector workers
Our submission to the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health highlights the critical importance of stable housing in the prevention and early intervention of mental health issues. Safe, secure and appropriate housing is a fundamental prerequisite to engaging in society and directly contributes to overall health […]
There is a common misconception that people who experience homelessness are not engaged in the labour market or that they do not aspire to work. This is not actually the case; the majority of the people who experience homelessness are in the labour market in that they are employed or seeking […]
Launch Housing made a substantial submission to the current review of the Residential Tenancies Act. It covers a range of issues, from the regulation of our own crisis accommodation sites, adult and youth residential rehabilitation services, longer term leases and notices to vacate, regulation of rooming houses, minimal standards within […]
Launch Housing made a submission to the Affordable Housing Working Group which was established by the Council on Federal Financial Relations to examine how the private sector (particularly large institutions like superannuation funds) can be encouraged to invest in affordable housing. Our submission noted that private sector finance shows potential. […]
Hanover Welfare Services and HomeGround Services made a joint submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The submission highlighted that because many women and their children do not access police, court or family violence services, homelessness providers such as Hanover and HomeGround have become first response agencies for many […]