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Rooming Houses: Background

Postby Noel Tudball » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:55 pm



Also see - *** Assistance and information - Homelessness, etc. *** - http://www.seafordcc.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=76


  1. They are essentially “rooms for rent”
  2. John M (guest at our last meeting) outlined his concerns and asked if we could ascertain more
    information about their control, particularly in relation to disadvantaged clients
  3. Background - the FCC “Updated Final Draft Frankston Housing Strategy - June
    2013” (on pages 35 & 82) states:
    • Data from Council and anecdotal evidence indicates that there has recently
      been a significant increase in the number of registered and unregistered
      rooming houses in Frankston over the past 5 years
    • There were more than 50 registered rooming houses in 2011, with
      potentially double the stock operating as unregistered rooming houses
    • They provide longer term, emergency and transitional housing
    • The sector estimates that the City contains a minimum of 450 rooming
      house beds
    • Well-run, registered and Prescribed Accommodation Regulation-compliant
      rooming houses are appropriate forms of accommodation for emergency
      and transitional clients, but only where there are no concerns about support,
      vulnerability, violence, or social skills and capacity of the client
    • Continue to convene the Rooming House Taskforce (p83)
    • Suggests (on page 62) convening a Frankston Housing Reference Group.
      Perhaps we should seek membership?
  4. The Information Fact Sheet states “Improve the quality and distribution of
    rooming houses across the municipality”
  5. Research:
    • Rooming House Taskforce, City Life action
    • What form has FCC’s action taken in the past?


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Re: Rooming Houses

Postby Noel Tudball » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:01 pm


We've joined the St Anne's Church (Seaford) Social Justice Group, which has been researching issues for several months.

Developments are encouraging.

Contact us if you're interested in learning more - seafordcc@gmail.com
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Re: Rooming Houses

Postby Noel Tudball » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:28 pm



Richard’s rooming house

Richard is a provider of cheaper accommodation in the form of rooming houses. He attended the March 2015 meeting of our Homelessness group seeking assistance in resolving outstanding compliance issues with FCC and thereby secure the home of the current residents.

Two of our members visited the house with Richard and then met with Richard and Frankston Councillor Rebekah Spelman. Both meetings were very productive and have helped to head discussions in the right direction - toward resolution. Richard and Rebekah will meet with Council Officers in the near future to identify how the building can be made compliant to FCC’s requirements without disruption to the residents.

Our role of getting the parties to the negotiating table is complete and it appears we will not need to be involved again unless things go awry.


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