Building a Better Future: Housing and Homelessness
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on existing inequities in Australian society, including the issue of housing insecurity and homelessness. The pandemic, and resultant economic downturn, has made more people susceptible to homelessness through factors such as family violence, job losses, and mortgage and rental stress. Government interventions – such as hotel housing for homeless people and eviction bans – have shown that action is possible, albeit temporarily. This entrenched issue, however, requires long-term solutions both in terms of increasing the supply of suitable housing and in addressing the drivers of homelessness.
Released in conjunction with World Homeless Day, and in partnership with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Building a Better Future: Housing and Homelessness showcases key research by Monash experts from across disciplines. The collection examines housing and homelessness from multiple perspectives – ranging from construction innovations to facilitate more affordable forms of housing, to responding to the complex housing needs associated with domestic violence. Although diverse in nature, each of the perspectives presented here acknowledge the central role that secure housing plays in the well-being and dignity of all people, and provide salient advice for policy makers charged with building a better future.
Policy Insights & Responses
9th November, 2020 | 5pm-6:30pm AEST
23rd September, 2020 | Recorded
Discover key Monash University reports and academic research, including submissions to inquiries.
Philip Mendes, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
The Castan Centre is a world-renowned academic centre using its human rights expertise to create a more just world where human rights are respected and protected, allowing people to pursue their lives in freedom and with dignity. The Centre’s innovative approach to public engagement and passion for human rights are redefining how an academic institution can create important and lasting change.
We work to influence legislation and government policy, improve government officials' understanding of human rights in Australia and elsewhere and nurture the next generation of human rights leaders through our outstanding student programs.