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    Ms Helen Matthews

Helen Matthew’s road out of homelessness was a long and complicated one that impassioned her to make a difference, so others wouldn’t have to go through the same thing. A hard-working advocate for ending homelessness, Helen works with both the Peer Education and Support Program (PESP) at the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) at Launch Housing. Ensuring people with a lived experience of homelessness are participating in the design, delivery and evaluation of the homelessness system and government policies is of great importance to Helen. She has also been working with CHP to deliver NDIS training to the homelessness sector around Victoria and says: “It is important to have the lived experience as part of the NDIS training for homelessness sector workers as it provides insight into what the gaps and issues are so that they can potentially be resolved.” Helen is also a member of the Moreland Council Housing Matters Advisory Committee