Books to deepen your understanding of homelessness

A person reading a book near some trees.

Homelessness can happen to anyone at any point in their lives.

We’ve compiled a list of books that reveal the experiences of our community’s most vulnerable, which explore different perspectives, and the concepts of home and stability.

Here are three of the titles included.

The book cover of We Are Here by Meg Mundell

We are here: stories of home, place and belonging
edited by Meg Mundell

This moving collection of true stories showcases the creative talents of people who have known homelessness – whether couch-surfing, staying in a refuge, boarding house or caravan park, or sleeping rough. Too often they are dismissed or blamed. They are spoken for, and about, but rarely get to speak for themselves.

The book cover of 'Because of You' by Pip Harry

Because of you
by Pip Harry

Tiny is an eighteen-year-old girl living on the streets in Sydney, running from her small-town past. At a temporary homeless shelter she meets Nola, a high school student on volunteer placement. Both girls share their love of words through the Hope Lane writing group. Can they share their secrets, too?

The book cover of Symphony for the Man by Sarah Brill

Symphony for the Man
by Sarah Brill

Follow the story of two outcasts – one a young woman struggling to find her place in an alien world, one an older man seeking refuge and solace from a life in tatters. It’s a story about the transformative power of care and friendship, and the promise of escape that music holds.

Find out more

For details on these titles and more Homelessness Week reading suggestions, see our full reading list.

We believe all Melburnians deserve access to safe and affordable housing. That’s why we’re committed to reducing homelessness in our city.

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