Positions and policies

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Our position statements explain our views on issues such as homelessness, trauma, housing and more.

pdf Trauma statement (3.80 MB)

In order to understand homelessness, we must understand trauma.

pdf Long-term homelessness statement (2.20 MB)

We have a plan to support people out of long-term homelessness so they can realise their full potential.

pdf Response to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (338 KB)

We urge the Victorian Government to prioritise holistic and trauma-informed care, and to improve access to the mental health system for people experiencing homelessness, mental illness and chronic disadvantage.

pdf Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (331 KB)

Our submission focuses on how the aged care system can be improved to meet the needs of people who have experienced homelessness and chronic disadvantage, and highlight our experience delivering best practice and innovative models for people who have complex needs.

pdf Joint Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (432 KB)

Sacred Heart Mission was pleased to collaborate with a broad range of organisations to prepare a joint submission into the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Together, we seek to work with the Royal Commission and the government to ensure our growing cohort, who experience inequity because of poor access, poor understanding and poor experiences within the aged care sector, receives the services and supports they need.

pdf Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria (360 KB)

We urge the Victorian Government to reorient the current homelessness policy and funding agreements and create a reform environment that leads to the establishment of tailored, flexible and responsive services that prevent and end a person’s homelessness.

pdf Submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia (519 KB)

We urge the Commonwealth to reorient the way homelessness is viewed and responded to, and to provide tailored, flexible and responsive services to prevent and end chronic homelessness in Australia.

pdf Submission to the Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (348 KB)

We are deeply concerned by the short- and long-term impacts of stay-at-home and social distancing restrictions on the Victorian community, particularly those who are experiencing deep disadvantage, poverty, and homelessness.

pdf (293 KB) pdf Submission in response to Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy (293 KB)

We have some concerns that Victoria's Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy does not consider and prioritise people experiencing homelessness, chronic disadvantage and mental health issues, and people living with disabilities.

In our submission we highlight specific challenges for our community to provide recommendations to Infrastructure Victoria that will seek to include people experiencing poverty, disadvantage and homelessness, prior to the strategy being finalised.

pdf Submission into the Homes Victoria Draft 10 Year Social and Affordable Housing Strategy (281 KB)

Sacred Heart Mission recommends the Strategy includes a distinct Homelessness Framework. This must focus on avoiding homelessness, getting households experiencing homelessness housed and supports to sustaining housing for those who get housed; alongside a plan to reduce the overall number of households experiencing homelessness in Victoria over the next 10 years.

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