Social housing opposition - how do we address this and provide reassurance to those opposing it?

Do you consider housing for those with mental health problems falls into the community housing ‘bracket’?
Havens plan to build a much needed facility (in Highton) as there are not enough to serve the community needs, is facing hostile opposition.
How do we educate the naysayers and fear mongerers re inclusion etc?

Every person has the right to an adequate standard of living, which includes the right to adequate housing (ICESCR, article 11).

The City of Greater Geelong and the development of the Social Housing Plan 2018 – 2036 will call on all of our community to educate, inform and support a range of housing options, for all people and in all geographic areas. That responsibility sits with Government, business, industry and citizens.

The Australian Human Rights Commission explains these rights more fully.

The right to housing is more than simply a right to shelter. It is a right to have somewhere to live that is adequate. Whether housing is adequate depends on a range of factors including:

  • legal security of tenure
  • availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure
  • affordability
  • accessibility
  • habitability
  • location
  • cultural adequacy.

For more information, see Housing as a Human Right.


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