Improving Access To Justice For Homeless Victorians
Disadvantaged and homeless Victorians will have greater access to justice, following a $400,000 commitment from the Andrews Labor Government to renew the Homeless Persons’ Liaison Officer Program.
For five years, the program, which operates out of Justice Connect’s Homeless Law, has provided assistance and support to Victorians experiencing, or at risk of homelessness before, during and after their interactions with the justice system.
The program has provided more than 600 incidences of support to Victorians, many of whom have multiple and complex needs.
Over the last twelve months the program has helped more than 100 clients coming into contact with the justice system, providing them with support for a range of legal and non-legal issues relating to housing, finances, and mental health.
It provides clients with assistance to navigate court processes and helps prevent them from coming back in contact with the justice system.
The program regularly co-locates with an outreach health service in Melbourne’s CBD, encouraging clients to engage with a variety of justice issues that they may be facing.
The program also helps raise awareness of homelessness issues in the justice system, which will inform and improve how the courts and legal profession interact with homeless people.
Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula
“The Andrews Labor Government is providing Victoria’s homeless and disadvantaged with support and advice on accessing the courts and justice system.”
“The Homeless Person’s Liaison Officer provides disadvantaged Victorians with practical support and helps people build stronger relationships with justice and housing services.”