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Make affordable housing a reality
Victorian Homelessness Achievement Award Winners & nominees

Thank you for coming to the Victorian Homelessness Conference 2017

The overarching goals of the Victorian Homelessness Conference are to raise the profile of strategies to end homelessness and, to empower Australians to put those strategies into action.  

This is why your involvement and enthusiasm at this year's conference is so very much appreciated. This year's conference was a sell-out event, but ultimately, it was the expertise of our speakers and the thoughtful but passionate contributions from our attendees that made it a success. From myself and all the staff at Council to Homeless Persons, thank you

I would also like to extend another congratulations to all our Award recipients and nominees (please see the full list below and on our website).  It's a true pleasure for us to recognise your hard work and successes.  

Despite our successes, however, it must be remembered that these are tough times.

Upcoming ABS data is expected to show a rise in the number of Australians experiencing homelessness.  And this month, the City of Melbourne will vote on the proposed rough sleeping bylaws.   

In many conference sessions and lunch-break conversations, a desire for the sector to work even closer together in order to meet these challenges was expressed often, to myself and other CHP staff.

In that spirit, I invite you to stay connected with us post-conference so that we can continue to work together to end homelessness in Australia  

Please stay in touch via the links below.  We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019

Thank you

Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons

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Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards
Congratulations to all our nominees and winners

Excellence in ending homelessness – children and families
City Gate Apartment Project – Port Phillip Housing Association and Launch Housing
Hazel Hams Homes – Anchor Inc.
WINNER: Sidney Myer Haven – Haven; Home, Safe

Excellence in ending homelessness – young people
ENGAGE philanthropy program – Give Where You Live Foundation & Barwon Child, Youth and Family
 Kids Under Cover
Lighthouse Foundation
Mentoring Program – Ladder
St John of God Horizon House – St John of God Social Outreach
Youth Refuge Model – Melbourne City Mission
WINNER: Next Steps – Jesuit Social Services

Excellence in ending homelessness – adults
Catherine Dyer – Tenants Victoria (formerly Tenants Union of Victoria)
 Celia Adams – BeyondHousing
McAuley Community Services for Women
Quin House – VincentCare
Rosebud Rooming House Project – SalvoCare Eastern
WINNER: Justice Connect Homeless Law

Excellence in ending homelessness – diverse groups
Karen Anderson – Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
JOINT WINNER: Alsorts – Family Access Network
JOINT WINNER: Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG)

Leading practitioner award
Catherine Dyer – Tenants Victoria
Cathy Moore – St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
Michelle Skog – Sacred Heart Mission
Jean Phillips – Peninsula Health
Suzanne Marriner – Launch Housing
WINNER: Adam Liversage – Uniting Ballarat

Consumer achievement award
Abukar Ali  - Nominated by: Centre for Multicultural Youth
Annie Bracey - Nominated by: Launch Housing
Emma Bohmer - Nominated by: Launch Housing
 Graham Townsend - Nominated by: Sacred Heart Mission
Helen Matthews - Nominated by: Launch Housing
Jacqui Gibson - Nominated by: Launch Housing
Marcus Findlay - Nominated by: Launch Housing
Sam Bushby - Nominated by: Barwon Child, Youth and Family
Sim Crawford - Nominated by: Launch Housing
Steve Bryant - Nominated by: Launch Housing
Suzanne Fagan - Nominated by: Launch Housing
WINNER: Erika Lodge - Nominated by: VincentCare Victoria

The Beth Thomson lifetime achievement award
Alistar Baker – Grampians Community Health
Jean Phillips – Peninsula Health
Jo Swift – Kids Under Cover
WINNER: Celia Adams – BeyondHousing