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Lived Experience

The voices of lived experience are central to everything we do.

People with lived experiences of homelessness have valuable knowledge, insights and expertise. They are the experts in talking about the individual and collective impacts of policies and systems. Putting a ‘face’ to homelessness and showing that it is not a lifestyle choice or a personality flaw, is crucial to ending the stigma that makes homelessness tolerable.

By providing a platform for people with lived experience to share their stories, we are also letting them know their voices are important, and that we see and hear them.

(Image: Akemi, Lived Experience Advisory Group)

Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG)

In 2015, the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) was established. LEAG members are broadly representative of the diverse range of clients we serve. Their lived expertise contributes to – and drives – our mission to end homelessness.

Since its inception the LEAG have been strong contributors to Launch Housing’s services, policy and advocacy, as well as the organisation’s business and strategic planning. Collectively the group share their expertise to ensure that our services are safe, appropriate and responsive to people’s needs. They also contribute to Launch Housing advocacy for broader systems change to end homelessness.

Wider community and system reform endeavours have included:

  • Consulting with, educating and influencing operational responses across various public services;
  • Consulting on local government homelessness policies including: Yarra City Council, Moreland City Council, City of Melbourne;
  • Providing input into the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service’s ‘Exploring the pathways approach to homelessness’ framework;
  • Contributing to Launch Housing’s submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness;
  • Participating in media interviews, speaking engagements, social services sector training, social media campaigns
  • Writing articles published in the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) national homelessness journal ‘Parity’.

How to engage the LEAG

For lived experience speakers, Q&A panellists or educational homelessness training sessions, please contact the Lived Experience Coordinator.

How to join the LEAG

People with a lived experience of homelessness are invited to apply to the LEAG, as vacancies arise. Membership is a 3-year tenure, with professional development and training opportunities.

More information, key selection criteria and how to apply