We recognise housing as a right for all people of the Central Highlands. Accordingly, we strive to become a region free of homelessness, where everyone has a safe, suitable home.
Working collaboratively to end homelessness in the Central Highlands region of Victoria
CHHA agencies strive to provide homelessness support that treats everyone with dignity, respect and individuality. We collaborate together within our alliance and with social, health and government services and the community. The CHHA proudly advocates and participates in a collective effort to improve the lives of people in the Central Highlands, and we believe that when we all work together as a community we can end homelessness.
The CHHA is an alliance of eleven agencies that support people living with or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness or family violence, located in the six local government areas of the Central Highlands region: Ballarat, Ararat, Pyranees, Hepburn, Moorabool and Golden Plains. We are not for profit organisations funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) grants and other sources including charitable and community donations. The member agencies are listed below.
The three groups of the CHHA meet regularly to work collaboratively towards the shared goals of ending homelessness and improving the lives of the people we support, and each has a Chair and Terms of Reference:
The CHHA Executive Group - comprised of CEOs and senior managers.
The CHHA Operational Group - comprised of senior and middle managers.
The CHHA Practitioner Group - comprised of case workers.
News & Events
Relevant, Important Updates
CHHA Annual Forum
June 1, 2023
Over 70 participants from the 11 CHHA agencies, the DFFH and the Ballarat Council came together to collaboratively workshop the challanges and opportunties for addressing homelessness in the region. Strategic priorities were identified in the areas of Youth, Women & Children, Lived Experience, Advocacy and Creative Solutions for Addressing Homelessness.
Houses at Parliament
Housing Ends Homelessness
On Wednesday August 2 2023, over 30 employees from member agencies of the CHHA along with other Homelessness Local Area Support Networks (LASNs) from across the state, and the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) united under the cry that “Housing Ends Homelessness” and collaboratively covered the steps of State Parliament with over 6600 origami houses to represent the number of houses Victoria needs to build every year for the next 10 years to end homelessness. The origami houses had been folded by community sector practitioners and consumers, and members of the community. The peaceful event included a Welcome to Country, speeches and songs from the Community Choir Vossanova. Media and local Members of Parliament were invited to attend. The Minister for Housing addressed the gathering. MPs also joined in, including Central Highland MPs Martha Haylett (Ripon), Juliana Addison (Wendouree) (pictured with CHHA members and Networker ) and Michaela Settle (Eureka). All committed to work with the sector to build more social and affordable homes.
Homelessness Week Exhibition
Trades Hall, Ballarat August 2023
The aim of the CHHA exhibition was to inform and educate the community on the wicked problem of homelessness. The exhibition featured key themes including Rough Sleeping, Women and Children, Youth, Older People, Food Security, Advocacy, Leaving Prison, and information on how the community can help. The Exhibition was opened on Monday with a Smoking ceremony, followed by speeches from Eureka MP Michaela Settle, Sherrie who told her story of lived experience and Breanna Doody from the Ballarat Council. On Wednesday there was an interview with Jeremy about his lived experience of homelessness, and on Thursday and Friday, panel sessions of workers talked about the work they do and the people they assist around the themes of “Supporting People in Crisis” and “Homelessness at Different Ages – Youth to Older” respectively. The closing ceremony on Friday followed a sausage sizzle lunch cooked by the great Traades Hall team, and music provided by Azlan Harris from BADAC. Guest speakers included Ballarat Foundation CEO Andrew Eales and Wendouree MP Juliana Addison who spoke passionately about her and the government’s commitment to addressing homelessness and the housing shortage in the region. In total the Exhibition was attended by over 200 community members and sector practitioners attended.
Children's Resource Coordinator
Central Highlands & NW Wimmera
Contact: Pip McGregor firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistance, support & resources to respond to the needs of children who have experienced homelessness and/or family violence.
Escaping Violence Payment - EVP - up to $5000 is available: More Information Here
AHURI Report on Recruiting & Retaining an Effective Homelessness Workforce
Churchill Trust Report: Homelessness is Solvable - How we can end it in Australia
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