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Australia’s first Zero Homelessness Summit will take place in Brisbane at the end of October

Communities from across Australia will converge in Brisbane for the first National Summit to End Homelessness at the end of the month, which will showcase proven and measurable strategies that have supported the successful ending of homelessness in communities across Canada and the United States of America.

The sold-out Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (AAEH) Summit, taking place October 26-28, 2022, will showcase the very possible systemic strategies that have ended homelessness internationally so that communities can replicate this success here in Australia.

Using real-time data and collaborative approaches between the health, housing, homelessness sectors and all levels of government, ending homelessness is possible and progress is being demonstrated in communities across Australia.

The summit will provide a unique opportunity for the more than 26 communities that are part of the Advance to Zero campaign in Australia to learn directly from the experts who have helped the 18 communities in the United States and Canada. The goal is to ensure that everyone has access to the housing and supports they need so that any future incidents of homelessness that do occur are rare, brief and one-time.

AAEH CEO David Pearson said success in ending homelessness is underpinned by zero local projects or campaigns, which empower local communities to provide local solutions to end homelessness. shelter.

“It’s hard to change what you don’t measure and in Australia we don’t really measure homelessness – we estimate it every five years in the census. It is not enough and the Advance to Zero movement is about local communities saying we are tired of waiting for governments to act and we are going to act ourselves,” he said.

“More and more communities are taking action by creating what is called a name list, a particularly revolutionary idea of ​​really knowing the names and needs of all the people in a community who are experiencing homelessness, and then rallying everyone the community around this meeting effort.

“Homelessness is not normal. It was created by public policy and it can be solved by better public policy. The Advance to Zero campaign is about communities coming together to demonstrate what it would take to end homelessness, community by community.

Summit attendees will be Iain de Jong, President and CEO, OrgCode Consulting (Canada); Liz Drapa, Vice President, Corporation for Supportive Housing (USA); Marie Morrison, Director, Built for Zero, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (Canada); Rian Watt, Head of Strategy, Global and Large-Scale Change, Community Solutions (USA).

The activity week includes training sessions, an Advance to Zero learning session and a series of workshops that will cover topics such as:

  • The role of data and improvement in ending homelessness

  • Case studies of the success of American and Canadian communities that have ended homelessness

  • Building an Australian Homelessness Vulnerability Triage Tool (AHVTT)

  • First Nations Homelessness

  • Strengthening the role of voices of lived experience in ending homelessness

  • Workshop on Creating an Australian Supportive Housing System

  • Australian Network Workshop on Health, Housing and Homelessness (A3HN)

  • Australian and New Zealand Common Ground Community of Practice.

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