International speaker confirmed for National Homelessness Conference 2018
Ending Homelessness Together Melbourne Cricket Ground, 6 - 7 August 2018
26 March 2018
AHURI and Homelessness Australia are delighted to announce the first international keynote speaker; Dr Marah Curtis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as the first local keynote speaker; Victorian Minister for Housing the Hon Martin Foley MP, for the National Homelessness Conference in August in Melbourne.
Dr Marah Curtis is an expert on social policy and poverty whose research focuses on the role of health, housing stability and living arrangements of economically vulnerable families and individuals. Much of her work examines low-income urban families in the United States, who struggle with relatively high unemployment rates, tight rental housing markets, ageing housing stock, high rates of imprisonment and complex family structures.
Recent work by Dr Curtis has examined how health challenges can affect a low-income families ability to remain housed and can lead to periods of homelessness. This research has explored importance of social services in the form of welfare benefits and housing subsidies and how they are critical in preventing such low-income families from falling into homelessness.
Martin Foley MP has responsibility for the social justice portfolios of Housing, Disability and Ageing, Mental Health and Equality, as well as Creative Industries, in the Victorian Government. Having previously worked in the public housing sector, community development and protecting the rights of working people, he has been the Member for Albert Park since 2007.
In January 2018, the Victorian Government released the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan – the first phase in the development of a long-term homelessness strategy for Victoria. The action plan provides a framework for reducing the incidence and affect of rough sleeping in Victoria.
Minister Foley will open day two of the Conference.