Important news about Homelessness Australia, and invitation to become a member
Homelessness Australia, the national peak body for homelessness, is changing its membership structure and you are invited to join at no cost Since Homelessness Australia (HA) was defunded in 2015, the peak structure has continued to play an important role in the national debate in an unfunded capacity, including coordinating the campaign to save the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, coordinating Homelessness Week, and raising the profile of the Census Homelessness Count. This has been made possible through the ongoing commitment of HA Board members and staff time contributed from funded HA member organisations.
HA is now on a path to changing its governance structure to better engage the breadth of services working to end homelessness
HA’s next AGM is in November, and HA is on a path to voting on a new legal structure and constitution that will change HA to a company limited by guarantee with a new board. HA is currently an association incorporated in the ACT that is a federation of the Women’s Services Network (Wesnet), National Youth Coalition for Housing (NYCH) and Council for Homeless Persons Australia (CHPA).
We want you to be part of this exciting development to create a strong and vibrant voice to end homelessness in Australia
Memberships to HA can be accepted from individuals and organisations that support HA’s mission. Following the constitutional change, memberships will be organised into ‘supporters memberships’ for individuals, ‘organisational memberships’ for specialist homelessness services, and ‘associate memberships’ for organisations who are interested in homelessness, but not delivering homelessness services. Only organisational members will be able to vote at General Meetings.
Please note that HA is currently not charging any fees for membership, but may charge fees for organisational membership and associate membership at some time in the future, at which point your organisation may opt in or out of membership.
HA is the peak industry and advocacy body for homelessness services in Australia. It works to end homelessness through leadership, highlighting the structural drivers of homelessness, policy development, advocacy and capacity building. HA promotes and fosters the participation of people with experience of homelessness in its work, which is designed to address homelessness at prevention, early intervention and service levels.