HOUSING FIRST a path to social justice

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People should have the right to stay in the place they call home.

‘A home is the fundamental building block of a better life. It makes education, employment, relationships and wellbeing possible. But HousingFirst doesn’t merely provide a roof over the heads of those who need it. It doesn’t just support their tenants with all of the wrap-around services communities expect. HousingFirst’s exceptional quality, embedded in its operational culture, is connecting the people they serve to the wider community that they live in. Now we call it inclusion – but it’s always been part of the HousingFirst story.’

The Hon. Martin Foley
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Equality
Minister for Creative Industries

HousingFirst's community housing program, incubated by St Kilda Council and later nurtured by Port Phillip Council, remains unique. It is a testament to successive local governments and community resolve that three decades later there is still no equivalent local government-initiated program elsewhere in Australia. 

From its beginnings in the politicised 1970’s, the story of HousingFirst is the story of the power of community engagement and a record of what can be achieved through an enduring partnership with local council.

Set amidst the magic and drama that is St Kilda and then fanning out into other municipalities, it is a uniquely Melbourne story. The accounts of rock’n’ roll, protests, turf wars and vested interests create an historically based page tuner that will inspire.

The story of St Kilda community activism and HousingFirst is a must have. Reasonably priced at $30, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order your copy.