Ignoring Social Housing is a Recipe for Failure Expert Warns

Throwing money at crisis responses to homelessness while ignoring social housing is a recipe for failure, an Irish expert on homelessness has warned Australia.

Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, editor of the European Journal of Homelessness, is set to give the keynote address at the Victorian Homelessness Conference on Wednesday.

His aim is to caution governments and policy makers against pouring resources into crisis responses to homelessness, such as refuges and emergency accommodation, and instead encourage them to focus on permanent housing options.

He told Pro Bono News the solution to homelessness had to begin with housing.

“The problem that created homelessness in the first place was a kind of absence of housing, and the response should be a housing response,” O’Sullivan said.

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