Homelessness conference in Melbourne to hear how Finland found housing solution

Homelessness conference in Melbourne to hear how Finland found housing solution

Creating more crisis accommodation will not fix Australia’s homelessness problem, according to one expert who believes the solution is “not that complex”.

Homelessness in Melbourne and Sydney has come to the fore as an issue in recent years, with a visible increase in people sleeping rough in the cities.

Eoin O’Sullivan, editor of the European Journal of Homelessness, is in Melbourne to present the keynote address at the Victorian Homelessness Conference on Wednesday.

Dr O’Sullivan, who is also a professor of social policy at Trinity College Dublin, said while homelessness was a growing problem in many Western nations, there were countries that had successfully dealt with the issue.

He said Finland had investigated the issue of homelessness and decided “it’s not that complex”.

“They said ‘the first thing we need to deal with people’s issues is housing’, so they built a lot of housing for homeless people,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne‘s Dave O’Neil.

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