Review cuts to the Social Housing Advocacy and Support Program (SHASP)
  • Petitioned Hon Wendy Lovell

This petition was delivered to:

Victorian Minister for Housing
Hon Wendy Lovell
Premier of Victoria
Hon Ted Baillieu

Review cuts to the Social Housing Advocacy and Support Program (SHASP)

    1. Petition by

      Save SHASP Campaign


Recently announced Victorian Government cuts to one of Victoria's most successful homelessness prevention initiatives will put thousands of Victorians, including children, at risk of becoming homeless.

The 30% cuts this year and the further 10% cuts next year will reduce the availability of desperately needed support services by around 2,600 households - representing nearly half of the 6,000 households who were helped in the last 12 months. Without the smart and innovative response provided by SHASP, many of these households will inevitably lose their housing and become homeless.

SHASP plays a critical role in making our public housing system more efficient and financially sustainable, with a halving of the statewide eviction rate in the six years it has been operating.

These frontline service cuts will create additional demand for homelessness, health, family violence and child protection services and expose men, women and children to trauma through housing crisis and homelessness.

There is a clear and direct connection between homelessness and frequent use of high cost government services. There are also life-long consequences for people exposed to violence and trauma. Vulnerable groups like families, youth, women, older residents and children are exposed to even greater harm when they become homeless.

The Save SHASP Campaign is calling on the Victorian Government to urgently review all proposed cuts to this service in consultation with service providers and commit to the long-term future of SHASP in Victoria.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Carol Allan AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I work in the industry and there in not enough funding now, let alone when they decide to review cuts

    • Nicole Storey AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I work in the SHASP program.

    • Leah Galvin CHEWTON, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Secure housing is an important determinant of health reducing funding to support this advocacy will cost the system and society plus personal hardship and suffering = no saving at all

      • about 2 years ago

      Advocacy for my housing clients.

    • Sharon Large AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      This type of service is provides early intervention in saving tenancies and hence reducing homelessness. A bit of a no brainer really, not quite sure why our governments just do not seem to get this vital link.


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