17 August | Adelaide Convention Centre
Working Together to End Homelessness.
Now in its fourth year, the 2017 Homelessness Conference program profiled emerging local, national and global trends on housing and homelessness. This year’s theme, Working Together to End Homelessness, examined the various ways that those working in the public, community and private sectors can all work more effectively together to end homelessness.
This conference also launched The Zero Project Adelaide. Against a backdrop of rising homelessness in Australia, Adelaide now has a unique opportunity to lead the country in finding solutions to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness and, through the Zero Project Adelaide, put an end to street homelessness in the inner city.
The conference also aimed to address a range of contributing factors for those experiencing homelessness including identifying as Aboriginal, domestic violence, mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse. Interactive sessions provided opportunities for discussion, learning, networking and exchange of ideas and included multiple mini-presentations in a speed networking style format.
- David Pearson, Adelaide Zero Project
- Dr. Debbie Faulkner, A Snapshot of Homelessness in South Australia
- Australian Alliance to End Homelessness, 7 Years of Local Campaigns to End Homelessness and Registry Weeks in Australia
- Jake Maguire, Reaching Functional Zero: A problem-solving system to end homelessness
- Dr. Cameron Parsell, Ending Homelessness in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities
The program was dedicated to the topic of Working Better Together to End Homelessness and examined the various ways that those working in the sector, those in supporting roles, and policy makers can more effectively collaborate to address homelessness. This conference provided an opportunity to explore the Zero Project Adelaide, which aims put an end to street homelessness in the inner city.
The program also addressed a range of contributing factors for those experiencing homelessness including identifying as Aboriginal, domestic violence, mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse. Attendees gained insights into how working better together can generate ideas and practical solutions which will assist in reducing homelessness.
Conference presenters and panel members included nationally and internationally acclaimed key service providers, policy and decision makers, and academics. Interactive sessions provided opportunities for discussion, learning and exchange of ideas.
Director of Consulting and Public Affairs
Jake co-directs Community Solutions' work to help communities end homelessness throughout the US and around the world. He is privileged to advise and support ambitious, partner-led housing efforts on three continents, as well as Community Solutions' own Built for Zero initiative in the United States. From 2010-2014, he worked as a member of the 100,000 Homes Campaign team, Community Solutions' flagship national team, which helped 186 communities find permanent housing for more than 105,000 chronically homeless Americans in under four years.
Prior to joining Community Solutions, Jake advised candidates and elected officials at every level of US politics on effective communications and public affairs strategies. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr Cameron Parsell
Postgraduate Coordinator and Program Leader Social Wellbeing, Health & Housing, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland
Cameron’s primary area of research is homelessness, supportive housing and broader social welfare programs aimed at addressing social disadvantage. He is a Senior Research Fellow funded through an Australian Research Council. Cameron is the Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues, and a policy advisor to the Australian Council of Social Services. He is the co-chief investigator on several national studies that examine the nature and outcomes of newly emerging models of intervention directed toward permanently ending homelessness. Cameron has written about identity, the meaning of home, the international transfer of homelessness/housing policy, and housing as a means to foster autonomy and self-determination. He is currently examining different models and practices of social service delivery. Cameron's research seeks to build an evidence base about the interacting societal, social policy, social program and agency dimensions to human change. Cameron is particularly interested in conducting ethnographic research, with a focus on policy and practice translation.
Delegates also heard from speakers from the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness including:
- Karen Walsh, Micah Projects, QLD
- Felicity Reynolds, Mercy Foundation, NSW
- Keith Bryant, Sydney Business Alliance to End Homelessness, NSW
- Debra Zanella, RUAH, WA
- 2016Home is where the heart is: Building hope for mental health and recovery
The 2016 conference brought together two sectors critical in supporting those in need, to explore the impacts of mental illness in people who become homeless and the effect of being homeless on mental health.
The discussion focused on the value of better integration of mental health services and the homelessness sector, informed by lived experience.
Rosanne Haggerty, President and Chief Executive of Community Solutions in the United States and former Thinker in Residence (2005) returned to Adelaide on the 10th anniversary of Common Ground Adelaide. She has gone on to launch Community Solutions - helping communities solve the problems that create and sustain homelessness. In her presentation Homelessness is not the problem: Making democracy work in the 21st century Rosanne brought a new perspective on the integration of services.
Mike Slade is Professor of Mental Health, Recovery and Social Inclusion at the University of Nottingham and a leading world expert on mental health. He presented his recovery model that encourages hope as a part of recovery for people with mental illness, and highlighted the opportunity it provides in bridging the cultural gaps between the established state mental health services and the community sector, with specific reference to the homelessness sector.
Presentations and Video Presenter/Author Description Bettison, Zoe Video: Official Opening Burns, Chris Video: Opening Address Faulkner, Debbie Video: 2016 Homelessness Update Harris, Geoff Video: 2016 Mental Health Update Haggerty, Rosanne Slade, Mike Sandeman, Peter (facilitator) Mackay, Tanya Bennell, Olive Video: Healing My Way - An Aboriginal Perspective Womersley, Ross
Video: Forum: The Way Ahead - Recommendations for SA Mike Slade Audio: Workshop - Everything I've wanted to ask about recovery
- 2015Valuing the Homelessness Sector - Humanity, Productivity and Building Futures
The 2015 Addressing Homelessness conference was attended by close to guests and was officially opened by the Hon Zoe Bettison MP, with guest appearances from Jan McLucas, Federal Shadow Minister for Housing & Homelessness and then Federal Commissioner for Human Rights, Tim Wilson.
Keynote speakers included: Professor Andrew Beer, Professor Julian Disney AO, Professor Paul Smyth and Ms Sylvia Admans.
Papers and Video Researcher/Author Description Disney, Julian National Prosperity and Social Justice Smyth, Paul Phoenix Rising: Renewing the Voluntary Sector in Australia McLucas, Jan Address from Federal Shadow Minister for Homelessness and Housing Admans, Sylvia Dynamic Community Connections: strengthening the homelessness sector Beer, Andrew Homeless South Australia: A 2015 Stocktake of Homelessness Issues in South Australia (research paper commissioned by Dunstan Foundation) Beer, Andrew 2015 Homelessness Update
- 2014Towards New Models for the 21st Century
The 2014 Addressing Homelessness conference was attended by around 200 people and was officially opened by Ms< Katrine Hildyard MP, Member for Reynell representing the Hon Zoe Bettison MP.
Speakers included: Professor Andrew Beer, Professor Chris Chamberlain and Dr Shelley Mallett.
Papers and Video Researcher/Author Description Chamberlain, Chris Evaluation of Melbourne Street to Home Mallett, Shelley Homelessness Policies for the 21st Century Parsell, Cameron Street Outreach, Housing and Supportive Housing Scutella, Rosanna Housing Markets and Individual Risks of Homelessness Parkinson, Sharon What can we learn from Journeys to Social Inclusion (J2SI)? Beer, Andrew 2014 Homelessness Update: Towards New Models
Thank you to our 2017 partners
- Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
- Capital City Committee
- Flinders University
- Unity Housing SA
- University of Adelaide
- City of Adelaide
- Junction Australia
- South Australian Mental Health Commission
- The Australian Centre for Community Services Research
- Australian Services Union
- Wyatt Trust