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Australian Association of Social Workers president Christine Craik is again calling for stimulus though social housing

Published: 4 August 2020

Australian Association of Social Workers president Christine Craik is again calling for stimulus though social housing (something Labor and the Greens have been calling for as well).

Craik said:

During this pandemic, the Victorian government has housed many who were homeless as part of a public health response until April next year. We welcome this move, and would argue that this initiative needs to happen on a more permanent basis, not just during a pandemic, and needs to be implemented across the country.

We are supporting the Everybody’s Home campaign this week. Building social housing and repairing empty or substandard public housing needs to be prioritised in all neighbourhoods across Australia. This kind of initiative will result in local jobs, economic stimulus and work towards social cohesion across the country.

This pandemic has wreaked havoc with our most vulnerable communities and if there is to be one positive thing to come out of this, let that legacy be that this was the time we took a different path around social housing and committed ourselves to eradicating homelessness forever.

For anyone, becoming homeless can feel like a personal failure, and many of our cultural myths and negative stereotypes around homelessness and poverty feed into this. You can tell a lot about the health of a community by the way it treats its most vulnerable citizens. We need to challenge these myths and those negative stereotypes about homelessness and mobilise politically to end homelessness for good. We urge everyone to use this week to engage with the Everybody’s Home campaign.

‘We need to ... mobilise politically to end homelessness for good,’ says Australian Association of Social Workers head Christine Craik. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

Updated at 12.44pm AEST

This first appeared in The Guardian on 4 August.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers