Housing and Wellbeing Expo offers fair deal to community in need

Published on 10 October 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Housing Network is holding a free expo offering community members in need vital information and support.

Low income earners, people receiving Centrelink payments and anyone experiencing hardship are all welcome to attend the Fair Deal Housing and Wellbeing Expo and learn more about services that can be easily and affordably accessed within the local area.

A timely addition to the expo is the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, offering information about gambling harm and how to address it.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week will be held in Victoria for the first time from 8 to 14 October 2018, replacing Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

The new name demonstrates the Foundation's focus on gambling harm reduction and prevention.

The expo will also raise awareness and address issues around housing affordability and homelessness on the Peninsula.
Giveaways, information and low cost products will be available on the day and will include:

  • Employment services
  • Entertainment and social activities
  • Dental (teeth) health checks
  • Food
  • Haircuts
  • Housing services
  • Information for rent in advance
  • Legal services
  • Optometry (eye) testing
  • Rent in arrears information
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Youth services

The Housing Network, is auspiced by Mornington Peninsula Shire and includes representatives from local service providers including Salvocare Eastern, Peninsula Health and Bolton Clarke, who will attend the expo along with many other organisations donating their time, goods or services.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said “everyone is welcome to attend the expo, whether it’s to join campaigns for a better housing system, receive support or offer your services to those in need. We know that at any given time, members of our community may be struggling to pay their rent or find an affordable home.

“Council has an important role in managing the demand for housing and population growth on the Peninsula and to provide assistance to those most vulnerable in a way that recognises our special values, through this event we’re offering support and hope to anyone experiencing hardship.

“This action on the ground is a crucial element of supporting our community and complements the strategic work of Council such as the Housing and Settlement Strategy”.

The Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 was adopted in December 2017 and outlines Council’s direction for future housing and population growth over the next 15 years, including a key element to support proposals by the state government to provide more social housing and address housing affordability.

Chair of the Shire’s Triple A Housing Committee and Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said the expo will offer an array of health and wellbeing goods and services available for people who might not normally be able to afford them.

“We are the voice of the Peninsula and are determined to improve social and affordable housing options while continuing to offer support to those in need in our community”.

The Shire recently joined forces with local service providers to deliver Youth2, a campaign addressing youth homelessness and advocating for crisis accommodation in Rosebud and Frankston.

EVENT

The Fair Deal Housing and Wellbeing Expo
Wednesday 17 October
11am – 2pm
Rosebud Memorial Hall, 994 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud

For more information visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/housing