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Everyone should have a safe place to call home.

Yet here in Victoria, more than 100,000 people are waiting for public housing. Many have been waiting more than 10 years. Thanks to the government's neglect, on any given night almost 25,000 Victorians are homeless. In the last 20 years, Victoria’s population grew by 1.46 million, but only an extra 89 public housing properties were built.

‘In my 15 years as a social worker, and my work as a volunteer for a local soup van, I met with many community members experiencing homelessness. I’ve heard their stories and I know the long-term impacts that homelessness can have on people.’

Ever since I was elected, I’ve used my position in Parliament to call for solutions to homelessness – urgently.

I've introduced legislation that would force the government to acknowledge housing as a human right and accept the responsibility to end homelessness by 2030.

During the peak of the COVID crisis the Greens pressure led the government to announce a commitment to build 9300 social homes and 2900 low-cost homes. While a welcome step forward, what we also really need is year on year investment to build public homes.

The Greens and I have called on the Victorian Labor Government to invest in a big build of public housing – enough to meet demand so that we don’t have thousands of people on years-long waiting lists. 

I will keep fighting to end homelessness in Victoria. Everyone in our community should have a safe place to call home. Please join me to help push the Victorian Government further and faster on homelessness.



Help end homelessness in Victoria for good.



Adjournment: Carlton public housing estate

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Housing and relates to safety issues at the Carlton public housing estate in my electorate. Over the past few years reports of unsociable, aggressive and intimidating behaviour on the estate have increased, and although residents have been attempting to share their...

Question without Notice: Barak Beacon estate

Dr RATNAM: My question is for the minister representing the Minister for Housing. Minister, just weeks before Christmas the residents at Barak Beacon estate in Port Melbourne were doorknocked by department officers informing them that they would need to move from their homes urgently. Residents have felt pressured into moving without...

Adjournment: Public housing community connectors program

My adjournment is to the Minister for Housing and relates to the recently announced $8.5 million in funding for the new public housing community connectors program. I understand that the program aims to build on the high-risk accommodation response (HRAR) funding, which ended in June, and will have a strong health...

Adjournment: Homelessness services

My adjournment manner tonight is for the Minister for Housing, and my ask is that he urgently reverses the funding cuts that have been handed down to homelessness services this week and increases ongoing funding for Victoria’s homelessness services. This week is Homelessness Week, and this year’s theme is ‘To...