The AAEH works to end homelessness in Australia. It is an independent voice that advocates for and fosters evidence based approaches to resolving all types of homelessness. It does not represent service providers or policy makers. However, it does work to influence effective service provision, build local capacity and improve national and state homelessness policy. It does this by involving practitioners, policy makers, academic, corporate and community leaders.
The Alliance has no allegiance to any political party, sector, service provider or research organisation. The AAEH is informed by research, evaluation and evidence on the most effective responses to homelessness and works with local communities to implement those responses.
Homelessness is resolved though housing – adequate and affordable housing. In some instances some individuals and families may also need ongoing community support to sustain that housing. The Alliance understands the need for crisis homelessness services, but believes that a system primarily focused on crisis services will never end homelessness.
Effective local responses, built on robust and well informed research and national and state policy will solve homelessness and reduce the financial cost to our community. It will also reduce the personal, emotional, health and service costs to individuals and families who experience homelessness.
The AAEH advocates for a whole of community response to solving homelessness. The housing, homelessness, health, employment and other sectors will need to work together to solve this problem. It will not be solved by one type of program, policy or approach. It will not be solved without systemic solutions to this systemic problem.
Homelessness will be solved through coordinated local effort, supported by a national agenda that focuses on housing and effective community support.
Board of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness
Karyn Walsh AM – CEO, Micah Projects (Queensland)
Felicity Reynolds, CEO Mercy Foundation (National, but based in NSW)
Keith Bryant, Chair Wentworth Community Housing (NSW)
Dr Heath Holst, COO Launch Housing (Victoria)
Debra Zanella, CEO RUAH (Western Australia)
David Pearson, Executive Director Don Dunstan Foundation (South Australia)