The LGBTI+ Homelessness and Family Violence Project was established in 2018 as a 12-month pilot project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Family Safety Victoria (FSV). The aim of the project in this initial stage was to gather information from the housing and homelessness sector about gaps in knowledge, resources and supports, as well as document experiences of LGBTIQ+ people who faced challenges when seeking support for homelessness and family violence. Once this information was collected, a training package was developed and delivered to housing, homelessness and family violence services across the Western Metropolitan Region.
In 2019, FSV announced they would refund the project until June 2020 with a range of new deliverables. The aim of this stage was to build on the information and resources from the first stage and expand on them, making them accessible to broader regions across the state through a range of different resource formats. Partnerships and networks that were established in the first stage of the project were utilised to relay the project’s initial outcomes, and new resources were developed collaboratively with other professionals in the LGBTIQ+ sector.
In June 2020, the now Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (formerly the Department of Health and Human Services) in the Western Metropolitan Region provided funding for a further 12 months to focus on the care and protection sector. This stemmed from the lived experience of a young person involved in previous stages of the project, who reported having negative experiences at each stage of his journey through the out of home care system. This stage of the project included four online introductory training sessions, two advanced practice training sessions and update resources specific to the care and protection sector.
Where can I go for help or more information?
If you are someone who identifies as LGBTIQ+, you can visit http://www.lgbtihomeless.org.au/resources/for-lgbti-people/ for a comprehensive list of resources, supports and programs available.
If you are a service provider looking for more information, resources and referral options, you can visit http://www.lgbtihomeless.org.au/resources/for-service-providers/