Head – Office for Homelessness Sector Integration, SA Housing Authority
Ian has worked in the homelessness sector for the past 30 years as a social worker, CEO of a specialist homelessness organisation and currently as the Head of the Office for Homelessness Sector Integration in the SA Housing Authority. Ian has been fortunate to have travelled overseas to visit and study homelessness and is fortunate to continue these conversations today to help influence new ideas, innovation and connections.
Among some of the major achievements include the growth of homelessness programs targeting specific cohorts including rough sleepers and aged care programs, leadership with the development and growth of a community housing provider, innovation in partnerships between organisations, development of an employment, education and training pathways program targeted at people experiencing homelessness, the development of Australia’s first homelessness social impact bond (Aspire) and playing a leading role with the introduction of the Zero Project to Adelaide and organisation of Connections Week in South Australia.
Working in the SA Housing Authority, South Australia has just undertaken a significant reform project with the development of 5 homelessness and domestic and family violence Alliances across the state. Whilst in the early stages, we are encouraged with the mobilisation and progress of the new Alliances and increased partnership opportunities and adoption of shared practices across the service system.