How can I get my local council involved?
Find out what your local council is doing to increase affordable housing and end homelessness. Seek out a council contact in the areas of Community Development/ Partnerships/ Wellbeing/ Safety, Municipal Recovery, Social Strategy or Social and Affordable Housing.
Emailing them can be a great way to begin seeking answers, be kept in the loop and become part of your local area change.
Here's a few questions to help kick off your inquiries:
- What are council’s strategies and plans to increase affordable housing and end homelessness? How are these coordinated with other councils and peak bodies?
- Regarding social housing, what is coming to our LGA in connection to the Big Build and how is council supporting this? Do they know how many people are sleeping rough in the LGA? Will this be enough? If not, what else is council doing?
- What is council doing to de-stigmatise social housing, especially public housing? Does council have any specific initiatives to increase the attractiveness of public housing to the local community and increase empathy toward tenants?
- Can I help in any way?
And don’t forget if they’re doing a great job, let them know!
If you are from a Melbourne council and would like to know more about the Advance to Zero / Functional Zero methodology, email us at [email protected]