15 August 2018                                                                            View this email in your browser
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Submission to the Select Committee on Poverty

Shelter SA made a submission to the Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia, containing discussion of housing issues and actions that are needed to improve the effects of poverty.  The inadequacy of crisis accommodation, the increase in rough sleepers as well as government spending across portfolios were included. We would like to see State Government treat social and affordable housing as infrastructure, not welfare. See InDaily's story covering the submissions.
View Shelter SA's submission

National Homelessness Conference

Shelter SA travelled to Melbourne for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and Homelessness Australia's National Homelessness Conference. Highlights of our day included Dr Mara Curtis, from the USA, talking about her research and class inequality in American society. We also enjoyed Senator Lee Rhiannon's speech about a universal housing scheme.

Welcome News! 

Thank you to the Don Dunstan Foundation for holding the annual Homelessness Conference. We were delighted to hear from Gary Storkey, the Chairperson of the South Australian Housing Authority Board, who listed five key principles that Minister Michelle Lensink has asked him to use to guide the Board and the Housing Authority:

1. Stop the decline of public housing.
2. Grow the supply of social and affordable housing.
3. Reform the service system.
4. Bring everyone to the table.
5. An evidence-based policy approach.

Shelter SA in Mount Gambier: Housing Solutions!

As part of our regional engagement strategy, Shelter SA held a workshop in Mount Gambier. Feedback from the event was extremely positive.  Participants highlighted the critical need for emergency and youth accommodation in their region, and the lack of housing affordability.  Stay tuned for the workshop report!
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