Just Home is a community organisation based in Margaret River. We are committed to ensuring that our community has appropriate, accessible, low cost, secure and sustainable housing and shelter options for people who are on very low to moderate incomes, who may be vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or in crisis, or who may be experiencing homelessness.
An Overview of Our Efforts
AMR Community Action Plan for Housing Justice
Community members experiencing homelessness developed Just Home’s 10-Year Community Action Plan for Housing Justice to address and prevent homelessness and housing stress in AMR.
Our strategies for Housing Justice are:
- Emergency relief and welfare, including food, showers and laundry, and collecting camping gear, bedding and warm clothing.
- Strengthening support services, including increasing access to information, referrals and services in AMR and the South West, and peer support programs.
- Developing local crisis accommodation programs and infrastructure.
- Facilitating the development of diverse low-cost housing through State government, community housing and private housing partnerships.
- Mobilising a people’s movement to demand housing justice.
When Just Home developed our Action Plan, community members identified that several aspects of the Plan require a formal advocacy project with a funded social work position to provide immediate support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness and housing stress while the development of housing is progressed. And so, we started the Housing Advocacy Project.
Housing Advocacy Project (HAP)
Just Home engages in advocacy for strong policy responses to homelessness and unaffordability of housing in Augusta-Margaret River. We helped inform the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Affordable Housing Strategy, and the Homelessness and Crisis Accommodation Policy. We regularly communicate with local, state and federal governments about homelessness in our community.
The Housing Advocacy Project is guided by a Steering Committee with representatives from MR Community Resource Centre, MR Soup Kitchen, AMR Shire, Just Home, Margaret River Professional Social Work Collective, and community members with personal experience of homelessness and housing stress. Each of these organisations recognises that homelessness is a serious issue in our community, and supports the model of the Housing Advocacy Project.
The HAP is supported by the following generous donors:
Our Housing Advocacy Officer
Just Home has a part-time employed Housing Advocacy Officer, Katie Gray. Katie works with community members who are experiencing homelessness or housing stress to access housing. The Housing Advocacy Officer can provide:
- Support to access and maintain public and private housing
- Support with public housing applications and applying for bond assistance
- Information and referrals to other services in the region
Please note, the Housing Advocacy Officer is not a crisis service. If you urgently need shelter, please contact Crisis Care on 1800 199 008
Developing Low-Cost Housing in AMR
Just Home is facilitating the development of low-cost housing in Augusta-Margaret River. We are working with local organisations to explore opportunities such as a community-owned caravan park, a low-cost eco-village, affordable and sustainable units, tiny houses and other creative options.
If you are interested in joining us to find innovative housing solutions in AMR, please contact email@example.com
Homelessness and Affordable Housing Working Group
Just Home is a key member of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Homelessness and Affordable Housing Working Group. This Working Group meets quarterly to progress local actions to address homelessness. We are strongly focussed on opportunities to develop social housing in Augusta Margaret River.
Just Home Research
Just Home supports people experiencing homelessness to conduct Participatory Action Research to document local experiences of homelessness and use this evidence to demand action. We have produced several public reports since our formation in 2015:
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Margaret River does not have a crisis accommodation facility. Just Home is investigating options to develop crisis accommodation that is suitable for our local context. If you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We Need Help With Funding & Volunteering!
We are not a government organization and we need your help and involvement to stay running. Monetary donations and volunteers are what keep us going!