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Young people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

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Young people and the employment areas they depend on (retail, hospitality, arts, recreation and micro enterprises) have been disproportionately hit by the COVID pandemic and recession. Our Federal and State response, including raised levels of income support and the rental moratorium, were well targeted and critical in enabling many young people to avoid crisis and homelessness.

In November research showed one in five of those aged 20-24, in Melbourne, were without a job. This was much worse in certain regions, such as the outer western metro, and compounded already underlying high rates of youth unemployment and homelessness. This young cohort lost more full-time jobs than any other age group and the under 35s continue to be the largest cohort people experiencing homelessness.

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SmartMeals Evolves to Provide Meals. Training. Jobs.

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Our original SmartMeals program was established in March 2020 as an emergency response to COVID-19, providing nutritious meals for people impacted by the COVID-19 economic and health crisis, while also keeping vulnerable hospitality workers in jobs. SmartMeals used the under-utilised capacity of local cafes, restaurants and food based social enterprises, devastated by the pandemic, to provide 111,000 ready-made meals for their local overstretched homeless and community groups. Many meals went to feed people, moved rapidly off the streets, accommodated in hotels and motels.

Introducing the evolution of SmartMeals – Meals. Training. Jobs.

All meals will now be made by social enterprises, meaning vital job training, readiness and pathways programs for vulnerable people in a difficult jobs market. Read More

The inextricable link between homelessness and poverty

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Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked.

If we want to end homelessness, we must also end poverty. Two major policy responses to substantially reduce poverty, and homelessness, have been put forward strongly for at least a decade. Both could also have a substantial impact as an economic stimulus as we navigate the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, immediately lift Job Seeker payments permanently and secondly, build more public and social housing. Read More

Pandemic paves the way to solving homelessness

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People facing homelessness leave a shelter for a hotel. (ABC News: Scott Mitchell)

It’s Homelessness Week and we are at a pivotal time for homelessness and housing policy in Australia. What we have seen happen since late March has been nothing but monumental and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the country’s homelessness system. We need to make sure we continue this revolution for the homelessness sector and not go back to the way it was before the pandemic hit.

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