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The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 is titled ‘A Place to Call Home: Making a Home for Everyone in Our Land’. The Bishops highlight that housing is a human right, asserted by the UN Declaration of the Human Rights as well as Church Teaching. Article 25 of the UN Declaration says: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including … housing”.
The Statement reflects the deep concern of Australia’s Bishops at the growing problem of homelessness and insecure housing in Australian society. All over our nation, a ruthless housing market leaves people struggling to find secure and affordable housing, whether they live in cities or in regional areas. That struggle has a corrosive effect on family life, on employment, on study and on our capacity to contribute to and benefit from our society. At its worst, the struggle leaves the vulnerable in our society homeless – sleeping on the street, in cars or in doorways, or hoping for a space on someone’s couch or floor. The last Census showed the number of homeless Australians had increased to more than 116,000 people.
Please visit http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au for the statement and educational resources.