Parity launch kh june 2010

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Parity launch kh june 2010

  1. 1. Kath Hulse and Angela Spinney Homelessness in the Social Inclusion Framework: CHP Sector Forum Melbourne, 28 June 2010 Home, Belonging and Social Inclusion
  2. 2. The meaning of home <ul><li>Shelter </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Physical comfort and wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional security </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><li>An ideal </li></ul><ul><li>(Somerville 1992) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Homelessness <ul><li>Reflects and reinforces a range of disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Compounds disadvantage in profound ways (emotional security, identity, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Below the radar’ or accepting support </li></ul><ul><li>The job of being homeless </li></ul><ul><li>An experience not an identity </li></ul><ul><li>A continuum of experiences – not a binary </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dimensions of housing insecurity <ul><li>Feeling unsafe </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Instability </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of belonging </li></ul><ul><li>(Hulse and Saugeres 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>AUTONOMY AND CONTROL </li></ul>
  5. 5. Homelessness and housing <ul><li>Exclusion from housing (broader than clients of homelessness services) </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusion through housing processes esp. private rental market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cutting back on necessities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulties in participating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children and moving schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to connect to neighbourhood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of control; hard to plan ahead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of belonging </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Home, belonging and social inclusion <ul><li>Homelessness the tip of the iceberg (not a discrete ‘problem’ or group of people) </li></ul><ul><li>Danger of pushing the problem around </li></ul><ul><li>Do current policies/programs enhance or undermine agency and control? </li></ul><ul><li>Shift from programs (discretionary, needs-based) to focus on people (control, rights) and some of the broader structural issues around the private rental sector </li></ul>

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