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Reducing homelessness: scheme helps 50 000 people out of debt

March 13, 2019

PIAC is delighted to note the success of the Work Development Order Scheme in reducing the impact of fines on people who are financially vulnerable. The scheme, adopted in NSW in 2011, allows people facing homelessness or who have other vulnerabilities to … read more

StreetCare endorses Homelessness NSW State Election Platform

February 15, 2019

PIAC’s consumer committee on homelessness, StreetCare, has welcomed Homelessness NSW’s State Election Platform 2018-2019. StreetCare Project Officer, Maddy Humphreys, said that the platform presented a clear set of priorities to prevent and address homelessness across the state. ‘StreetCare members, all … read more

Welcome Maddy Humphreys

January 23, 2019

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is very pleased to announce the appointment of Maddy Humphreys as our StreetCare Project Officer within the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service team. As someone with her own lived experience of homelessness, Maddy has been an active … read more

Mental Health Matters Forum

August 9, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came along to our forum on mental health and mental illness on Tuesday evening. The Mental Health Matters event was the fourth in an annual series of public forums that PIAC organises with Sydney Grammar School … read more

Opinion: Public housing in NSW – a tragic game of musical chairs

April 6, 2018

By Dr Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer in PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service As a kid I intensely disliked the game musical chairs. There was something in the underlying premise of the game that offended my childhood sensibilities – a … read more

More than a court case – my experience working with PIAC’s Homeless Persons Legal Service

March 23, 2018

By Sydney University Law student, Anneliese Harris. ‘How do you help a homeless person facing criminal charges?’ If you had asked me this question a month ago, my answer would have probably been centred around generic statements about submissions and representation … read more

Homelessness in NSW up by 37% since 2011

March 15, 2018

Alarming new statistics on homelessness, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, reveal a sharp increase in homelessness in NSW in recent years, with a particularly worrying rise in the number of older women experiencing homelessness. PIAC’s Senior … read more

Homeless women: #metoo and the need to look beyond rough sleepers

March 8, 2018

The recent City of Sydney Street Count found that the number of people sleeping rough in inner Sydney has decreased by 24 percent compared to the same time last year. That translates to 100 less people sleeping on the streets. … read more

Remembering Dale King – 1955-2017

December 7, 2017

By Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness, PIAC It is with much sadness that we note that Dale King, a committed and long-time StreetCare member and fearless advocate for homeless consumers, passed away in late November following a short illness. … read more

Thanks Macquarie Bank!

October 19, 2017

We are very grateful to staff at Macquarie Bank and the Macquarie Foundation who, at a breakfast event today, raised close to $7500 for PIAC’s strategic litigation work and the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS). Over the past few years, … read more

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