An in-depth assessment of Queensland’s homeless population is planned as a part of a new campaign to tackle homelessness.
The new Home for Good initiative from the Queensland Government was launched yesterday at Parliament House with a sea of white pillows adorning the lawn, representing each of the 500 lives the scheme aims to help.
The initiative, which will eventually be rolled out state-wide, begins with a two-week Brisbane registry project that gathers data on homelessness in the city in order to help service providers better target the specific needs of individuals.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander says the direct engagement process would be a more effective method of matching people with the right support.
“Home for Good is about identifying the factors that have led someone to become homeless, and then putting in place a response tailored to meet the individual’s specific needs,” says Mander. “Putting an end to homelessness is about much more than just finding a place for people to sleep. The underlying causes, like domestic violence, addiction and mental illness don’t just disappear once people have a roof over their heads.”
With ABS estimates showing there may be as many as 20,000 Queenslanders homeless on any given night, programs like this are an important part of community support.
Micah Projects coordinator Karyn Walsh says the scheme is based on their successful 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign, which involved surveying around 700 homeless people over four years to better understand housing, healthcare and support needs.
“As a result of this campaign, 240 people have found a place to call home so we know this approach works,” says Walsh.
The 500 Lives, 500 Homes team, which is a coalition of more than 30 homelessness organisations, is assisting with the Brisbane leg of the campaign.
To get involved or help with the campaign visit the Home for Good website.