Journal article

Visible Homelessness in a “Liveable City”: Municipal Responses to Homelessness in Melbourne

James Petty, Alison Young

American Journal of Economics and Sociology | Wiley | Published : 2020


Despite considerable national and urban prosperity, significant numbers of Australians are homeless. How local governments engage with homelessness has significant implications for the homeless population. In recent years, municipal strategies have inclined towards the maintenance of public order at the cost of the rights of homeless individuals. In this article, we investigate the approach to homelessness proposed by the City of Melbourne in 2017, which centered on the expansion of powers to remove individuals and the confiscation of possessions, testing the council’s claims as to the impact of visible homelessness upon local businesses and upon other users of public spaces.


Funding Acknowledgements

The researchers would like to acknowledge funding support provided by the Research Unit in Public Cultures, University of Melbourne. Many thanks are also due to staff at the City of Yarra and Justice Connect for their interest in and support for this research.