AHURI conference explores solutions for homelessness

AHURI Homelessness and housing solutions conference in Brisbane

1 May 2017

AHURI’s one-day conference, Homelessness and housing solutions, was held in Brisbane on Friday, 28 April.

The conference attracted over 180 delegates who heard from a wide range of speakers including Hon Mick de Brenni MP, Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works.

Mick de Brenni emphasised that states cannot simply build affordable housing on the fringes of their cities as the costs of urban sprawl, lack of work opportunities and reduced productivity will lead to social dislocation. The Minister also announced new funding of $1.8 million for Q-Shelter to work in partnership with his Department to develop a workable model for growing affordable housing. A video of his speech can be viewed below and a transcript is available here.

Other highlights of the day included Tony Keenan, CEO of Launch Housing, presenting data that showed of the 8,740 people who needed help from Launch Housing in 2011–12, 34 per cent still needed help in the following year and 17 per cent were still needing help in 2016–17; Professor Paul Flatau, from the University of Western Australia, launched the final report from the AHURI Inquiry on homelessness funding in Australia, with a key message that specialist homeless service providers may be overexposed to risks due to potential changes to government funding; and Dr Nicola Brackertz, Manager of AHURI Professional Services, explored the implications of the lack of a national homelessness support system in Australia.

The conference also featured two panel discussions, ‘Stable housing and sustainable tenancies - what works and why for clients?’ and ‘Education, training, employment and social outcomes – what works and why for clients?’, with both sessions attracting insightful questions and responses.

Watch a video playlist of the presentations below or download the presentation slides here.