Two sessions of the National Homelessness Conference 2018 are focused on ways the private sector can help combat homelessness through investment and through providing affordable rental housing in the private market.
The first session, ‘Beyond blankets, handbags and laundries’, will explore effective private sector investment and donation strategies.
Facilitated by Felicity Reynolds, CEO of the Mercy Foundation, this session will explore how the private sector can be involved effectively in policy development and practices that support evidence based responses to homelessness.
Although well meaning, business and corporate efforts responding to homelessness can often be ineffective if they provide short term relief that just services (and normalises) the problem rather than creating ways to help to end people’s experience of homelessness.
A key focus for the panel members Associate Professor Cameron Parsell, University of Queensland, Gavin Jackman , Homes for Homes, The Big Issue, and Professor Kristy Muir, Centre for Social Impact, University of NSW, is that corporations shouldn’t just be seen as a source of donations, but as an important community sector with important skills and expertise (as well as funds) that can be used to help end homelessness.
Click here to read more.