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Ending Homelessness


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Tonight, 20,000 Victorians are homeless. How do we get people off the streets and into shelter? Should we give money – and if so, to individuals or organisations? Is homelessness inevitable – or can we make changes to end it once and for all?

With Alan Attwood, Heather Holst, Suzy Freeman-Greene and Spike Chiappalone.

Ideas for Melbourne

We’re kicking off 2013 with a series of public forums that take a closer look at the city we call home – and the problems and challenges facing Melbourne right now.

Make your voice heard as we debate Melbourne’s future – and the kind of city we want to live in.


Heather Holst

Heather is the CEO of HomeGround Services, a housing agency working in inner, northern and southern Melbourne. She has worked in the housing sector since 1989 and before that in the publishing industry. She holds a PhD in History. Heather joined HomeGround in 2009. Heather’s housing experience spa... Read more

Alan Attwood

Alan Attwood, author and journalist, is a Walkley-award winner and former New York correspondent for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He has been editor of The Big Issue magazine since 2006. Alan was born in Scotland and immigrated to Australia with his family when he was four. He has worked as an... Read more

Suzy Freeman-Greene

Suzy Freeman-Greene is a Melbourne journalist, writer and editor. Freeman-Greene’s feature writing has appeared in publications including Good Weekend and the Australian magazine, and for many years she was a regular columnist with the Age. She is w... Read more

Spike Chiappalone

Spike is currently a member of the CHP’s Peer Education Support Program. He is an ex long-term homeless person and began his role as a member of the Pesp team in early 2012. The highlights of his involvement in the program thus far have been participating as a panel member in a presentation at the... Read more


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