AASW – Social Work People Podcast

The Right to Shelter, Colonialism and Leonard Cohen


When members of the public complain about homeless people in their local park to Kate Incerti she thanks them.  It’s her way of demonstrating what it means to take a human rights approach to homelessness.  In this episode she tells us what human rights mean for homelessness, how it connects with our colonial history and what COVID-19 has shown us about providing more housing. Leonard Cohen helps us make sense of it all.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities
AASW policy position on Housing and Homelessness
The Scope of Social Work Practice: Social Work in Homelessness
Social Work Focus Winter Spring 2018 containing several articles on social workers in housing and homelessness
Council to Homeless persons
Everybody’s home campaign
The Right to Housing in Australia
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Leonard Cohen: There is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In

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