Community Forum on Homelessness


Community Forum on Homelessness News Story
With the cost of living to soaring in Western Sydney and high rents, there is an urgent need for investment in public and supported housing.

CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta (CCSS) and Churches Housing Inc are co-hosting a Community Forum on Homelessness to help promote discussion of homelessness and to examine possible solutions.

The forum will be held at Parkroyal Parramatta (30 Phillip Street) on Tuesday 8 November from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

As the cost of living continues to soar in Western Sydney and rents remain high, there is an urgent need for investment in public and supported housing. The forum will feature experts in the field as well as people who have experienced homelessness.

Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Catholic Bishop of Parramatta, will host the Forum lunch.

The Forum’s MC will be Noel Debien, producer of Sunday Nights on ABC Radio.

Forum presenters

Rev Derek Yule – Executive Officer of Churches Housing Inc and Chair of the Community Housing Federation of Australia;

Rosemary Bishop – Chair of Affordable Community Housing Ltd (ACHL) in NSW and CEO of the Mamre Project at St Marys, NSW;

Tanya Gadiel – Chief Executive of Parramatta Mission’s community services division; and

Cathy Tracey – Senior Manager, Family & Community Support with CatholicCare Parramatta.

There is no charge to participate in the Forum but bookings are essential:

RSVP to CatholicCare Parramatta tel 9933 0222.

Churches Housing Inc AGM

You are also invited to attend the Churches Housing Inc 2011 AGM on Wednesday 9 November from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Speakers: Richard Perkins – Chair of Churches Housing; Robert FitzgeraldCommissioner, Productivity Commission; Michael Perusco – CEO of Sacred Heart Mission; Maree O’Halloran – President of National Welfare Rights.

Venue: Parramatta Park Event Centre, enter via Parramatta Park Gatehouse, cnr Pitt & Macquarie Sts, Parramatta, or via Queens Rd, Westmead.

RSVP: Wednesday 2 November to Collette Thatcher tel (02) 9633 5999 or

Visit CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta

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