Myth 3

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#HomelessTruth: Research shows that housing insecurity causes mental ill health and exacerbates existing conditions. A Victorian study found that just 15 per cent of people accessing specialist homelessness services had mental health issues prior to experiencing homelessness, while another 16 per cent only developed mental ill-health after their experience of homelessness commenced (Johnson & Chamberlain, 2011)


Homelessness is a devastating experience. The fear and uncertainty often cause anxiety and depression, making it even harder to cope. It’s a chaotic and destabilising reality. If there was enough social housing, people would have a safe, permanent place to put down roots and start living their best life.


Victorian Homelessness Network (VHN), is a partnership of the nine Regional Homelessness Networks in Victoria. The VHN provides a mechanism for strategically progressing issues of common concern across all Regional Homelessness Networks, with a focus on operational issues relating to management of a statewide homelessness service system. 

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