In the context of National Homeless Person’s Week 4 – 10 August 2008 (Australia) the St Vincent de Paul Society has asked the federal government to recognise in its White Paper on homelessness that “Housing is a human right”. 

This is nothing more than the government recognising its responsibilities and obligations pursuant to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and will bolster a rights approach to end the violation that is homelessness.” said Mr Syd Tutton, National President for the St Vincent de Paul Society.

“A Bill of Rights or legislation that enshrines the right to housing would be an important step that this government could make to end homelessness and the abuse experienced by people experiencing homelessness.  Further recognition of this right would complement the Government’s White Paper set
to be released in September.” said Mr Syd Tutton

Direct inquiries to: Dr John Falzon    (National CEO)  0421 332 247

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