"Placing the homeless in permanent accommodation with access to a case manager is much cheaper than having people go through court. It would cost $2,172 a year to house the homeless at a long-term address compared with $8,719 if they went through the justice system, a study of homeless people in Brisbane found."
Giving apartments to the chronically homeless can save taxpayer dollars, advocates say. Anderson Cooper reports on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, an innovative approach to fighting homelessness.
CBS 60 Minutes, 9 February 2014 (an add plays for the first 30secs)
The United Nations has demanded the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers and turn them over to authorities.
A leader of the Salvation Army has cried while apologising to victims of child sexual abuse at boys homes run by the organisation. The commissioner heard that whistleblowers were dismissed as liars and boys were bashed if they reported the abuse.
"… those who live homeless have effectively been banished from our community. They are not so much victims as they are asylum seekers in their own land – fleeing not just from the relentless threat of violence, but struggling to belong in a society that would rather shun them."
In 2010 the 50 lives for 50 homes project, an integrated outreach program led by community organisation Micah Projects, united a number of agencies to tackle chronic homelessness in Brisbane. The results have been remarkable.
Photo: Robert Rough, courtesy of Brisbane Times.
Police struggled dealing with homeless people in Brisbane's CBD five years ago. … But all that has changed.
Photo by Lyndon Mechielsen, The Sunday Mail: Sen-Sgt Corey Allen in the forefront under the Riverside Expressway.
This week millions of people around the world celebrated the birth in London of a boy who will never know want, alienation, marginalisation or homelessness.
Micah Projects is running a Food Connect fresh fruit and vegetable buyers group in the form of a 'pop up shop', in an unused commercial tenancy at the Brisbane Common Ground affordable housing development in South Brisbane.
Welfare agencies specialising in services for the homeless, legal assistance, the needs of youth and emergency relief are the most strained in the community sector.
Findings from the Australian Council of Social Service's annual Australian Community Sector Survey, to be released on Monday, reveal extreme pressure on some services.