Family Violence Housing Taskforce Announced

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30 May 2016

New development town housesSocial and private housing experts are joining forces with homelessness and family violence specialists to start addressing the housing challenges facing families fleeing family violence.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced the makeup of the Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce, set up as one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The key functions of the taskforce include:

  • Overseeing a process designed to remove blockages in access to family violence crisis accommodation by rapidly rehousing family violence victims living in crisis and transitional accommodation
  • Examining the implementation of stronger models to prevent homelessness, including the delivery of Safe at Home approaches
  • Designing, overseeing and monitoring the first 18-month phase of the proposed expanded Family Violence Flexible Support Packages

The taskforce has also been asked to provide policy advice to guide reform in homelessness, social and affordable housing.

Jenny Smith (CEO, Council to Homeless Persons) will be the Family Violence Housing Assistance Taskforce Chair.

Other members include:

  • Lesley Dredge (EO, Community Housing Federation of Victoria)
  • Mark O’Brien (CEO, Tenants Union of Victoria)
  • Mark Feenane (EO, Victorian Public Tenants Association)
  • Michael Perusco (CEO, Yarra Community Housing)
  • Jenny Samms (CEO, Aboriginal Housing Victoria)
  • Heather Holst (Deputy CEO, Launch Housing)
  • Judy Line (CEO, Women’s Housing)
  • Celia Adams (CEO, Rural Housing Network)
  • Annette Gillespie (CEO, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre)
  • Alison Macdonald (Policy Manager, Domestic Violence Victoria)
  • Leah Calnan (Director, Real Estate Institute of Victoria) and
  • Jocelyn Bignold (CEO, McAuley Community Services for Women).
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