We need to focus on the availability of safe, affordable and secure housing, rather than vilify people who don’t have adequate access to housing. Many of these people need a safe, affordable home in a friendly community, and some need decent regular work. Others need specialist attention. We are not talking about rubbish that needs to be 'cleaned out'.
But comment and media coverage of rough sleepers in Melbourne has tended to focus on the short term. Victorian homelessness, housing and social services organisations have responded.