The ASU is the union for Social and Community Service’s workers and our members deal with the most vulnerable members of our community. This is no truer than when ASU members worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep vulnerable clients form sleeping rough on Victorian streets.

ASU members recently raised urgent concerns with their union about the evictions of many clients who had been accommodated in emergency hotel accommodation during the Victorian COVID related state of emergency. Our members working in the social and community services were being forced to exit clients from accommodation with nowhere to go. ASU members were clear, they wanted to band together with their union to try and stop this.

The ASU held an urgent meeting with concerned members to gather further information and determine the best ways in which to try and work together to achieve meaningful changes on this urgent issue.

ASU Officials took members concerns to DHHS and called for an immediate suspension on hotel evictions for those with no housing exits. DHHS has assured the ASU that no-one will be exited from a hotel in an unplanned way provided they are complying with behavioural standards.

The ASU understands that it comes too late for many of the clients exited back into homelessness over the past few weeks, however, this reprieve will benefit those clients still accommodated in hotels.

When ASU members stand together, you have the power to achieve real change. The ASU is continuing to meet with DHHS to try and achieve the priorities set out by members in the ASU housing and homelessness network.

For more information about the ASU Housing and Homelessness network please contact:
ASU Organiser Kristy Lee Tyrrell | 0419 506 310 | ktyrrell@asuvictas.com.au

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