Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic welcomed the Final Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria, which builds on Council’s ongoing efforts to support people experiencing homelessness in Brimbank.
The Final Report included the following recommendations which are consistent with Brimbank’s submission to the Inquiry, including:
- exploring ways to improve the accurate recording of the number of people experiencing homelessness in Victoria
- support for more coordination, collaboration and integration between homelessness services
- supporting homelessness service agencies to broaden the availability of emergency crisis accommodation
- funding for programs that assist young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness to receive job readiness training and connect them with employment opportunities
- expanding Housing First programs to include further cohorts of people experiencing homelessness, in addition to rough sleepers.
- investigating a mandatory inclusionary zoning mechanism that would require a portion of any new major housing development be allocated to social or affordable housing.
These efforts are led by Brimbank’s Homelessness Implementation Plan, which guides Council’s role in advocating for long-term solutions that prevent homelessness, and contribute to a more integrated, flexible and coordinated response.
Council’s 19 Point Action Plan for COVID-19 Recovery and Response also calls for a Community Resilience and Fairness Response to provide increased and targeted support for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
For more information, read the Final Report at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic-lc/inquiries/article/4662
Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic:
“The release of the report is timely, as Brimbank continues its recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
“The harsh reality is that Brimbank has the highest rate of homelessness in Melbourne’s west. Our local homelessness services continue to be overstretched – with more than 5,000 people seeking help every year – the highest of any municipality in Victoria.
“These are some of the most vulnerable people in our community who need our help the most. Council is committed to advocating for more effective housing solutions and essential support services to prevent homelessness.
“The report provides a range of critical recommendations which will help support our community’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, and help to meet health and wellbeing needs across our city.
“I thank the Chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee, Hon Fiona Patten MP, and Committee members for their hard work and effort to understand these important and complex issues.
“Council looks forward to the Victorian Government’s response to the Final Report, and to working with government agencies, homelessness service providers and other key stakeholders to prevent and reduce the incidence and impact of homelessness in Brimbank.”