Crisis measures won’t solve homelessness, Australian governments warned

Irish expert Eoin O’Sullivan says boosting social housing is a more effective solution than increasing crisis accommodation or dispersing rough sleepers.

Throwing money at emergency accommodation and dispersing rough sleepers will do little to solve homelessness, a leading expert has warned.

Irish homelessness expert Eoin O’Sullivan will on Wednesday give the keynote address to Victoria’s homelessness conference. O’Sullivan will warn governments against concentrating their resources in crisis accommodation, such as shelters or hostels.

Instead, he says, governments would save money and improve effectiveness by boosting permanent housing options through adding to social and community housing stocks.

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