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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

What you need to know about homelessness

August 17, 2017

For Homelessness Week we asked four members of PIAC’s homeless consumer advocacy committee, StreetCare, what they wanted people to know about homelessness. Here’s what Maddy, AJ, Carol and Dave had to say. Watch the video on YouTube

Sleeping rough, stigma and the importance of home

July 3, 2017

It’s time to talk about homelessness   Despite Australia’s record economic boom, rates of homelessness have been on the rise for years, and the social stigma surrounding homelessness only perpetuates the problem.       Join the host of SBS’s … read more

Facing the outside world – the voices of those who exit prison into homelessness

May 19, 2017

By Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness, Public Interest Advocacy Centre “All I’ve known is crime and drugs and jail. My home is jail. This is like my holiday, in there’s my home.” The interrelationship between homelessness, criminal offending, incarceration … read more

Submission to the UN: DV the most common cause of homelessness

May 10, 2017

Domestic and family violence is the most common cause of homelessness in Australia, according to the NGO report to the UN committee for Economic Social and Cultural Rights. This report has been submitted to the 2017 review of Australia’s fifth … read more


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