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.

Homeless people possess the full dignity of their humanity and have the same human rights to life and health as everyone else. The individual who is sleeping rough, or facing the prospect of insecure, short-term crisis housing, is not simply a welfare case or a victim of social injustice. They are a rights bearer, as eligible for the same basic human rights as everyone else.

Homelessness as a Human Rights Issue: Editorial by Professor the Hon. Kevin Bell AM QC

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