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UnitingCare Australia

What Australia needs

Let’s build a society in which people experiencing housing stress and homelessness can access and retain appropriate housing. Shelter is recognised throughout the world as a basic human right. Housing satisfies our essential needs for shelter, security and privacy. The adequacy of housing is also an important component of individual and family well-being. Let’s increase the availability of alternative social and affordable housing and increase support for those with complex needs, so that they can better access and maintain secure and affordable housing.

Why it matters

There are currently 105,000 people in Australia who are homeless.

Homelessness is not just the result of too few dwellings. Its causes are many and varied. Domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental health issues, family breakdown and drug and alcohol abuse all contribute to the level of homelessness in Australia.

Homelessness is not a choice. People who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness can be disconnected from employment and education institutions, be socially excluded from support networks, and are more likely to experience poorer physical and mental health.

UnitingCare Australia's position statement on housing is available here. 

 



 

Media Releases

7 December 2010 - Housing market fails low income Australians 

19 October 2009 - Major Church Providers: Possible Stimulus Package must not target Social Housing 

13 February 2009 - Major Church Providers are ready to act on today's stimulus package 

13 February 2009 - Major Church Providers urge resolution of stimulus package 

6 February 2009 - Major Church Providers say stimulus housing initiative worthwhile 

 


Submissions

14 August 2009 - UnitingCare Australia submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family, Community, Housing and Youth's Inquiry into Homelessness Legislation 

 

September 2007 - UnitingCare Australia submission to the FaHCSIA Social Housing Review 

 


Publications and resources

26 August 2013 - Housing for a decent life
UnitingCare Australia position statement

 

A discussion paper by UnitingCare Australia.

 

October 2007 - A secure place to live 
A position paper by UnitingCare Australia. 

 


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Uniting for Change is a new website that aims to:

- bring UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Church community together online
- provide information on issues at the heart of public debate
- make resources available for citizens to be active in their local community

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UnitingCare Australia is an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly.

The Uniting Church was formed in 1977 as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

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Find a Service
 

UnitingCare Australia is a national advocacy office and does not directly provide services.

Services are provided by members of the UnitingCare Network, and enquiries about employment or services should by made to state or individual agencies.

To find a UnitingCare service in your state, check under Find a Service.