The LGBTI Homelessness & Family Violence Project is a response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. It aims to build capacity in Homelessness and Family Violence Services in Melbourne’s west and north to ensure LGBTI people, in particular those who cannot remain in their homes, receive a sensitive and appropriate service system response. The project has a primary focus on young people however the project’s learnings will have relevance across the broader service system as will any training or resources developed.
- To build capacity to provide LGBTI culturally competent and inclusive services of homelessness, refuge accommodation and out-of-home care service providers.
- To build and/or strengthen referral partnerships, linkages and connections between homelessness, family violence, out-of-home care and LGBTI specialist services
- To build upon other LGBTI homelessness inclusion initiatives in Victoria
- To build upon the work of the VEOHRC Guidelines as they relate to LGBTI communities and accommodation services.
- To cater for the diversity of need within LGBTI communities, with an explicit focus on young people who are homeless as a result of family violence
- To encourage active participation and promotion of the project within existing homelessness and family violence networks.
- To disseminate guidelines and training resources across Victoria following the conclusion of the pilot.