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Everyone Needs a Home: Anglicare Australia launches The Meaning of Home

Nov 23, 2017, 09:15 AM by Maiy Azize

Anglicare Australia called on the government to reclaim responsibility for providing a home to all of its citizens, releasing the 2017 State of the Family Report, The Meaning of Home.

“Home should be a space we can make our own. It’s our place to belong. Everyone needs – and should have – a home” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“This report explores the experiences of people who use Anglicare services. We’ve also surveyed hundreds of Australians on what home means to them.

“Their stories show that home is about more than having a roof over our heads – it’s about community, belonging, and security. Home is the basis on which we all build our lives,” Ms Chambers said.

Ms Chambers said that the main finding of the report was that people seeking help need unconditional support to rebuild their lives.

“More and more, governments are taking punitive approaches to people who need help. We’re seeing moves that force people to spend their savings before they can get help, that deny support for arbitrary reasons, and that stigmatise welfare. This report shows that we should be doing just the opposite.

“To rebuild their lives, people need space, security, and most importantly, unconditional support. This report is full of stories of people who have overcome major challenges because they’ve enjoyed the benefits and stability of home.

“This is a lesson we’ll be taking into all of our services – and one that we hope the community as a whole will hear,” Ms Chambers said.

The Meaning of Home is Anglicare Australia’s 17th State of the Family Report. It can be downloaded here. Key recommendations include:

  • Designing employment and education programs in partnership with the people who will use them
  • Giving young people in out-of-home care the option of getting support until 21, instead of terminating care at 18 
  • Ensuring the basic safety net is non-conditional and meets everyone’s needs. This includes income support, education, housing, and settlement support.