Home­less ex­perts to open up

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - CHAD VAN ESTROP

HOME­LESS­NESS in the Geelong and Bar­won southwest re­gion will be in­ves­ti­gated through a state par­lia­ment com­mit­tee on Mon­day.

Com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and ser­vice providers will share their ex­pe­ri­ences with politi­cians from the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil le­gal and so­cial is­sues com­mit­tee.

Chair Fiona Pat­ten said there was “un­prece­dented de­mand for ser­vices to as­sist peo­ple who are home­less or fac­ing home­less­ness”.

“We will be hear­ing from or­gan­i­sa­tions op­er­at­ing in the re­gion about the needs they have and what can be done to help ad­dress home­less­ness in the southwest,” she said.

Ms Pat­ten said rep­re­sen­ta­tives from The Geelong Project, work­ing to re­duce youth home­less­ness through early in­ter­ven­tion, would be among those to speak at the hear­ing.

“We will be speak­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Emma House, op­er­at­ing in War­rnam­bool, who are fo­cus­ing on so­lu­tions for peo­ple who are forced into home­less­ness be­cause of vi­o­lent do­mes­tic sit­u­a­tions,” she said.

The com­mit­tee has held 11 pub­lic hear­ings in re­gional Vic­to­ria and Mel­bourne, and re­ceived 395 sub­mis­sions.

Mon­day’s hear­ing, from 10am-4.30pm, will be broad­cast on the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment web­site. See the sched­ule at par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au/lsi­clc/ar­ti­cle/4285.

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