Melbourne News

Talking housing: The crisis and the Church

Friday 2 March 2018

Media and Communications Office

Presented by Catholic Social Services Victoria in Melbourne last week, ‘Hearing, healing, hope’ was the theme of this year’s national conference for all Catholic social services. It brought together scores of presenters over three days, addressing the Church’s delivery of social services through a number of workshops and seminars.
Among the many issues covered was the housing crisis in Australia's cities. A focus was the role of the Catholic Housing Alliance, an organisation of Catholic social service providers who have come together to form a national network looking at the delivery of affordable housing for the homeless and those exiting crisis accommodation.

With 200,000 people nationally on waiting lists for public housing, and with at least 100,000 homeless on any given night in Australia, the need for a national body to co-ordinate efforts by Catholic housing providers became urgent.

Two people deeply involved with the Catholic Housing Alliance in Australia are Peter Selwood, Executive Director of Centacare Brisbane, and Chris Hall, CEO of Mercy Care in Western Australia, who were both in Melbourne for the conference.

They sat down for a conversation with Melbourne Archdiocese Director of Media and Communications, Shane Healy.

Workshops on NDIS, governance issues, Indigenous engagement, parishes and service, caring for vulnerable clients and many more key issues were also robustly explored over the three days of the seminar.

View the opening conference address here.

View a workshop on parish engagement here.
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