The story of community activism and the Port Phillip Housing Association in St Kilda, Melbourne, has been immortalised in the release of a new book, Housing First: a path to social justice. Social Policy Connections attended the launch on Wednesday 30th November 2016 and illustrate a very Melbourne tale that is universal in its struggle.
Many books and articles catalogue the often turbulent history of housing activism across Australian cities. The Victorian cases are usually focused on the inner north of Melbourne. A recent example, Trendyville: the battle for Australian cities, documents the slum reclamation battles, the involvement of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Oswald Barnett, and redevelopment of many sites around the inner north such as Brookes Crescent, Fitzroy.
Housing first: a path to social justice (the story of St Kilda community activism and the Port Phillip Housing Association) by Anne Tuohey and Tony Lintermans covers new geography. Crossing south of the Yarra River in Melbourne, it is very much a St Kilda-centric story, out of which wide consequences grew for other areas, as governments devolved provision of affordable housing to registered housing associations.
It particularly acknowledges the vision of a new wave of socially minded gentrifiers who took over St Kilda Council and made history as the first Victorian local government authority to contribute capital funding for affordable housing.
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