Homelessness and Social Housing
Kingston is proud to have a number of approaches endorsed by Council to tackle homelessness and increase social and affordable housing in our community.
Rising house prices and rents, and limited investment in social and affordable housing has led to an increase of households in Kingston experiencing housing stress. Left unchecked, increasing levels of housing stress in the community will lead to a reduction in wellbeing in the community: increase disadvantage, diminished diversity and inefficient labour markets.
Safe, secure and affordable housing provides both direct and indirect benefits to the community. As well as providing low-income and vulnerable households with secure tenure and protection from housing stress, social and affordable housing also reduces disadvantage, protects community diversity and enhances labour market efficiencies.
Social & Affordable Housing Strategy
The Social and Affordable Housing Strategy was endorsed by Council on 27 July 2020.
We developed the Social and Affordable Housing Strategy to describe Council commitments to addressing the urgent housing and homelessness issue. The Strategy includes an assessment of the need for social and affordable housing in the City of Kingston and sets out a range of strategies and actions that Council will pursue to assist households in Kingston affected by lack of affordable accommodation.
Importantly, the Strategy will ultimately facilitate an increase in the supply of social and affordable housing in Kingston.
Local Government Regional Charter Homelessness and Social Housing Working Group
Kingston has joined a group of 13 Councils representing two million residents in Melbourne’s east and south east to call for urgent action for more social housing to end homelessness. Housing is the first step to address the often complex social and health needs of the region’s most vulnerable community members.
The alliance of Councils has adopted a Charter to guide the campaign, the Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter. The shared purpose is to ‘address the urgent need for increased social housing and a more effective, integrated and supported homelessness service system’.
You can download the alliance’s Housing First for People Sleeping Rough Practice Guide for Local Government here
Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Charter
The Charter prioritises three regional commitments which the 13 Councils will act on:
- Work in partnership with federal and state government, public and private sector partners in a coordinated approach to deliver meaningful outcomes to increase the provision of social housing and respond to homelessness in east and south east Melbourne
- Scope land within each Local Government Area that has the potential to be re-purposed for adaptable housing needs
- Advocate together for inclusive housing growth including mandatory inclusionary zoning.
The Local Government areas that form this collective are:
City of Casey, City of Cardinia, Frankston City Council, City of Greater Dandenong, Knox City Council, City of Kingston, Manningham City Council, City of Monash, Maroondah City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, City of Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges Council and Bayside Council.
This group is supported by Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance (EAHA), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Eastern Region Group of Councils (ERG) and the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).
Find out more about the campaign.
Homelessness project: My Name Is...
About the project
The My Name Is…Project is a joint initiative of the Cities of Bayside, Port Phillip and Kingston supported by Council to Homeless Persons.
Together with 6 inspiring individuals who have experienced homelessness, we are helping to shine a light on homelessness. We want to confront the stereotypes and stigmas of people experiencing homelessness. It is a diverse and complex issue. The stereotypes and misreporting that surround it are impacting on the steps that can be taken to help eliminate homelessness.
We recognise the critical shortage of affordable housing across Melbourne and support increasing the amount of affordable housing. Affordable housing is a complex issue. All levels of government, federal, state and local have a responsibility in this issue.
The community is also concerned about homelessness and people want to know how they can help. Through the project, we will be drawing attention to the many ways individuals can help.
Read stories from people who have experienced homelessness.
What is Kingston Council doing?
We have developed the Social and Affordable Housing Strategy to describe Council's commitments to addressing the urgent housing and homelessness issue.
We provide a list of organisations people can contact, whether it be to understand what homelessness is, ways to donate time, services, products or money. We are also actively working with all identified people experiencing homelessness, linking them with support services.
Resources for further support:
If you have any questions or concerns about homelessness in Kingston please call us on (03) 9581 4751.
If you would like to speak to somebody about the My Name Is...Project please call our Community Wellbeing team on (03) 9581 4807.
To find out what our partners are doing to address homelessness please visit their websites:
Five ways you can help
- Volunteer to help reduce and eliminate homelessness within the community or post an opportunity. Search or post opportunities.
- Help dispel misconceptions about homelessness by learning the facts, visit Council to Homeless Persons' website. You can share your learnings on social media with the hashtag #mynameisau.
- Support the call for a fairer housing system for all Australians by signing on to the Everybody’s Home campaign.
- Offer employment and training opportunities in your business or organisation to give a chance to someone who really needs it.
- Share your strengths such as expertise, material goods or donations and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Local support services
Victoria’s largest provider of housing and homelessness support services. We provide flexible, specialist services that directly assist thousands of men, women, young people, children and families every year.
Free call 24 hours. Opening Doors on 1800 825 955 - you can visit at 11 Chesterville Rd, Cheltenham
Not-for-profit community charity providing an extensive range of services for community members.
Hampton East Centre
12 Katoomba Street
Hampton East, 3188
9555 6560 or 9555 9910
Open daily Monday–Friday
Ask Izzy is free and anonymous. You can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more.
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