We have developed Yarra’s first Homelessness Strategy, and we want to know what you think.
The strategy aims to ensure our response to homelessness is well coordinated and compassionate.
It is based on our commitment to human rights, and our belief that 'everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and of their family' (adapted from Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
The draft strategy focuses on:
- Supporting people sleeping rough in public spaces through an informed human rights approach,
- Collaborating with community housing agencies and support networks to address and prevent homelessness, and
- Advocating for long-term solutions that reduce homelessness and create pathways to permanent housing and improved health and well being.
Tell us what you think
Read more about the priorities of the draft strategy, and tell us what you think by taking the survey below.
Feedback is due by Tuesday 7 January 2020.
Get the facts
The rate of homelessness in Yarra is 95 per 10,000 population, the fourth highest rate for any Victorian municipality, and more than double that of the state average.
- In 2016 there was 838 homeless people in Yarra, including 64 people experiencing primary homelessness (i.e. living in tents, improvised dwellings, or sleeping out).
- In addition, there were 170 marginally housed persons.
From the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing, Estimated Homelessness, 2016.
In 2017–18 there were 1,070 clients from Yarra accessing specialist homelessness services.
Of these clients:
- 546 were homeless and 463 were at risk of being homeless.
- 547 were female and 523 male.
From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Specialist Homelessness Services Collection, 2017–18.
On Tuesday 19 June 2018, 392 people were counted sleeping rough in inner Melbourne, including 29 people in Yarra.
Of the 392 people sleeping rough in inner Melbourne (includes the Cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Maribyrnong):
- 78 percent were male, and 22 percent were female
- 54 percent of people were aged 26–40, with 34 percent aged 41–60.
From the 2018 StreetCount.
Read the draft Homelessness Strategy
Download the full draft Homelessness Strategy.
You can also read about the priorities of the strategy below.
This protocol is one of the tools we use to guide our response to rough sleeping.