Green tea anyone?

Tea anyone? Doesn’t matter what the season, a cup of tea is always welcome, especially when it raises money for McAuley Community Services for Women.

State Green Member for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell, recently hosted a morning tea and invited people to make a donation to our organisation to support women who are homeless or fleeing family violence.

Ms Sandell has had a long commitment to McAuley Community Services for Women having visited McAuley House recently to meet some of the women and supporting last year’s campaign in Fed Square. Her commitment to ending family violence is on the record. Recently in Parliament she said:

Victoria faces a housing crisis with over 33 000 people on the waiting list for public housing and with emergency housing services operating above their capacity. The crisis needs urgent government action.

The crisis needs big investment and big changes in housing policy; however, there are also some immediate opportunities to act.

All currently empty properties acquired for the doomed east–west link toll road should be immediately given to public housing, as the Premier himself has suggested. At least 30 properties in the Evo building in my electorate are lying empty. The Huttonham estate in Preston, which could host at least 300 dwellings, has lain undeveloped for more than four years.

I also want to recognise the work of those fighting for better housing in Victoria. Fiona Ross and the Friends of Public Housing Victoria are tireless advocates for public housing tenants. Crisis accommodation services like McAuley House in my electorate provide support to people at their most vulnerable, which is often to women and children with incredibly limited resources escaping family violence.

To these and to the many more individuals and organisations dedicated to improving the lives of people who are homeless or in housing stress across Victoria, I say thank you.

McAuley Community Services for Women ran a High Tea Appeal through May and June and raised more than $30,000. Many people, including Ms Sandell, have put on events in the weeks after the appeal. We welcome the support no matter what time of the year!

Caption: CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women Jocelyn Bignold and MP Ellen Sandell pictured in Fed Square during our campaign to end homelessness.