Homes Victoria is currently recruiting for a Homelessness Lived Experience Reference Group to support homelessness reform actions.
Based off their knowledge and expertise, group members will offer insights on developing practical solutions and improving policies and programs related to homelessness.
Homes Victoria CEO Simon Newport said the lived or living experience of people who understand the impacts of homelessness would be paramount to Homes Victoria’s ongoing work.
“We’re looking forward to genuinely collaborating with people who have experienced homelessness,” Mr Newport said.
“Their feedback will help us improve our policies and programs, to ensure we are designing the things that work for the people who need them the most.”
Mr Newport said Homes Victoria already works with many homelessness service and community housing providers which are not-for-profit, mission-driven organisations.
“We do this as part of a commitment to invest in the future of community housing to address housing stress and homelessness.
“Our community housing projects pave the way to support those in the most need – including people experiencing homelessness.
“This work helps to break the cycle of homelessness by creating more opportunities to house people quickly.”
The Council to Homeless Persons is assisting Homes Victoria in establishing, recruiting, training, and providing ongoing support to the Reference Group members in carrying out their roles.
About the Homelessness Lived Experience Reference Group
The Reference Group will have 8 members, with quarterly meetings (every 3 months).
The Reference Group requires an 18-month commitment, and members will be compensated for their time (including attendance, preparation and debriefing).
We are seeking individuals who:
- Have lived or living experience of being without a home
- Can contribute to the improvement of homelessness service system and to work with Government
- Are willing to engage in reading materials and preparation for the group
- Be able to attend some meetings in Metropolitan Melbourne
- Have access to a computer and have basic computer skills
Please note that all applicants will be required to (and will be assisted, if needed) obtain a Police Check and Working with Children’s Check.
How to apply
To express your interest in being a member of the Reference Group, please contact Maria Murray, Council to Homeless Persons via email to email@example.com by 26 October 2023.
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