homelessness

A ferocious fire in a neglected boarding house in inner city suburb of Newtown has renewed calls for tenants’ rights and greater government regulation of these often neglected places. Pip Hinman reports.

Suzanne James spoke to trade unionist and Socialist Alliance candidate for the Victorian Senate Angela Carr about Australia’s economic and social equity crisis.

Suzanne James spoke to Angela Carr, Socialist Alliance candidate for the Senate in Victoria, about housing, health, National Disability Insurance Scheme and the party's plans to address the growing socio-economic inequality crisis.

As residents along Australia’s east coast were smashed by unprecedented floods, the PM was talking up the need for more submarines, missiles and other military hardware, writes Dave Holmes.

Western Australia is in the midst of its worst-ever housing crisis: an increasing number of suburbs have rental vacancy rates of 0%, meaning they go as soon as they are advertised. Janet Parker reports.

Lanz Priestley was a force for good with a passion for helping those who were swept up by the scourge of homelessness. Larissa Payne pays tribute.

Workers in the housing and homelessness sector are one of the most undervalued and unappreciated workers. Angela Carr reports.

A vigil for Alana Garlett, who died homeless on the streets last month, was organised to say 'never again'. Petrina Harley reports.

The fastest growing demographic for homelessness in Australia is women over the age of 55.

After a lifetime of raising children and contributing to the country’s wealth, women are being hung out to dry by state and federal governments, writes Suzanne James.

Those who work in the sector told Steve O'Brien that homelessness is an emerging humanitarian crisis

Panic and fomenting fear are well-tried methods of control, distraction and of shifting popular support towards the right, writes Tamara Pearson.

A public debate has erupted over a decision by Moreland council, in Melbourne’s inner-north, to install armrests on benches outside Coburg Library.

Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) campaign coordinator Pas Forgione outlined why a campaign to “Raise the rate” of the Newstart unemployment benefit is desperately needed, at a June 15 community forum in Sydney’s west.

Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Stastics on July 24 show 28,600 or 16.5% of people experiencing homelessness in Australia have full-time jobs.

The figures also show more than one-third of homeless people aged over 15 are employed in some capacity.

A total of 61,500 people are employed in some way, but their wages do not pay enough to put a roof over their head.

Nearly half the homeless population — 45.6% — is either in work or looking for work, and the unemployment rate for people experiencing homelessness is 22.5%.

After more than six months camped outside the Reserve Bank building in Martin Place, and following months of negotiations between the state government and the City of Sydney Council, the homeless occupants of Sydney’s tent city began packing up their belongings on August 11.

The man often called the “Mayor of Martin Place”, Lanz Priestley, said some camp dwellers were moving to “friend’s places” or “friend’s backyards”, but some “don’t have anywhere to go”.

Last week was Homelessness Week. It was also the week when the 76 homeless people sleeping in Martin Place were removed by the NSW Coalition government.

Sydney City Council has, at least, defended the “tent city” and taken a more pro-active role in trying to find solutions, compared with the NSW government which simply wants to wash its hands of this enormous problem.

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