Victorian Regional Homelessness Networks
The Victorian Regional Homelessness Networks were established in 1996. They operate across Victoria in every Department of Families Fairness and Housing (DFFH) region (formerly DHHS) and are funded by DFFH to bring services together to share information, and identify common needs and gaps in homelessness service provision.
The Networks assist in establishing and maintaining close working relationships between Homelessness & Family Violence Services and DFFH in order to promote and support the best possible responses to homelessness within a regional context. Each network is made up of members from homelessness and family violence agencies funded through the Specialist Homelessness Support (SHS) Program.
Regional Homelessness Network Coordinators (RHNC)
Each Network has a Network Coordinator whose role is to manage and facilitate the Network’s activities. Whilst there are some variations in terms of Network activities from region to region (as dictated by specific local needs and issues), the Networks fundamentally share a range of common goals and aims. Given this the RHNCs themselves have a unique role to play in building state-wide understandings and evidence bases and communicating the impacts of homelessness to both government and the broader community.
As a group the RHNCs have strong collaborative relationships that provide a robust vehicle for working together across Victoria to find ways to improve and refine homelessness responses and assist in the development of a Homelessness Service System that is ultimately better able to address and resolve homelessness in Victoria.
Barwon South West Region – Rebecca Callahan
Central Highlands (CHHA) & Wimmera Region (WHA)- Michelle Twigger
Goulburn Ovens Murray Region - Linda Grellman
Northern Metropolitan Region – Meredith Gorman
Southern Region – Ruth Gordon
Victorian Indigenous Statewide Homelessness Networker - Amber Maihi