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MCM's Newsletter for Spring 2020.
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Our third Reconciliation Action Plan for MCM and HHA outlines concrete actions we are taking at MCM to support culturally responsible practices in our interactions with First Nations people we work with as clients and colleagues. Its development is supported by the work of our Reconciliation Action Group in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia.
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Last year, over 15,000 young people in Victoria sought support from Specialist Homelessness Services and there are countless others who are couch surfing and are not yet known to services. In addition to a lack of secure housing, homelessness during adolescence means disconnection from supportive and nurturing relationships with parents or caregivers that enable young people to build the confidence and capability to transition to adulthood. This submission draws on consultation sessions with young people and consultation with MCM’s homelessness practitioners to build a deeper understanding of young people’s experiences of homelessness in Victoria, and address how Victoria’s systems can better support young people experiencing homelessness to reach their full potential.
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MCM's Newsletter for Autumn 2020.
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MCM commissioned a series of research projects on the Melbourne Apartments Project (MAP) – a housing model devised by the Barnett Foundation to assist people living in social housing to move into home ownership. This report is the third and final report that surveys MAP participants 18-months after occupation to assess if participants are still satisfied with their housing and are able to manage financially. MAP participants expressed high feelings of safety and satisfaction, as compared with previous housing in public housing, and a high level of financial resilience was evident in most households. The findings demonstrate that the model which uses shared equity structures can benefit a portion of existing social housing residents, and should inform future policy directions.