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Cost of living: who's really hurting
10th July 2014
  by Council of Social Service of NSW

This report, the first in an ongoing biannual series - focuses on those most in need. It draws on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to assess how living costs have changed over the last ten years, and how these changes impact people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. In particular, it looks at cost of living changes across six key categories of ‘essential’ expenditure: Housing; Food; Transport; Health; Utilities and Education.

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Eight housing affordability myths
10th July 2014
  by Stephen Kirchner - Centre for Independent Studies

This report argues that there are eight highly persistent myths about the nature of housing markets in Australia, and seeks to tackle them.

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Neighbourly behaviour statement for public housing tenants
29th June 2014
  by Department of Human Services

All public housing tenants are expected to comply with a neighbourly behaviour statement.
The neighbourly behaviour statement outlines the responsibilities of tenants, including paying rent on time, respecting public housing properties and respecting their neighbour’s right to peace, comfort and privacy. These responsibilities are part of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. The statement also outlines the consequences for tenants who breech their tenancy agreement.

FRMP Approved Training Calendar - June 2014 - Feb 2015
29th June 2014
  by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

FRMP Approved Training Calendar, as part of FRMP's training scholarships

FRMP Training Application Form
29th June 2014
  by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

FRMP's Training Application Form for their training calendar and scholarships program

A budget that divides the nation: ACOSS 2014-15 budget analysis
24th June 2014
  by ACOSS

ACOSS' analysis of the Federal Budget for 2014-15. This paper consists of an overview of the budget; a table of who will pay for what measures; the effect of budget decisions on the bottom line, and a detailed analysis of measures in the following key areas: employment services, working-age payments, family payments, retirement incomes, health, education and early childhood services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and community services

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Homelessness Services Guidelines and Conditions of Funding - May 2014
24th June 2014
  by Department of Human Services

These Guidelines set out the policy and operational requirements of the Homelessness Services funded by the Department of Human Services and replace the Office of Housing Homelessness Assistance Programs – Guidelines and Conditions of Funding 2006-2009.

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Preventing first time homelessness amongst older Australians
24th June 2014
  by AHURI

This study examined older people’s homelessness in Australia, with a particular focus on the experience of becoming homeless for the first time in later life. It drew on individual client case records and interviews with professionals working in the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) program. The program is designed to assist disadvantaged older people who are at risk of homelessness or who are homeless.

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Housing and children's development and wellbeing: evidence from Australian data
7th June 2014
  by AHURI

This research built on a recent scoping study on child development to understand whether housing factors play an important role in child development and wellbeing.

Future housing and support needs of people with dementia
7th June 2014
  by AHURI

This research project will provide policy-makers and housing practitioners with new knowledge about the future housing and support needs of people with dementia. It will advance strategies to support tenants, extend their capacity to age-in-place and improve service coordination in this area.

Dealing with a housing crisis - NEEDING HELP RIGHT NOW!!
7th June 2014
  by WIRE

This is the first of two guides for Victorian women in a housing crisis are available from WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) to explain to women what their options are and the realities of getting help. The information presented is straightforward, matter-of-fact and up-to-date so women know exactly what to expect from homelessness services. Women are also informed of their rights, the prevalence of homelessness and how the system actually works. 

Finding you next home - looking past a housing crisis
7th June 2014
  by WIRE

This is the second of two guides for Victorian women in a housing crisis are available from WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) to explain to women what their options are and the realities of getting help. The information presented is straightforward, matter-of-fact and up-to-date so women know exactly what to expect from homelessness services. Women are also informed of their rights, the prevalence of homelessness and how the system actually works. Booklet Two focuses on helping women move into more stable accommodation, for example public housing or community housing. It goes through the process of applying for housing and offers useful tips.

Help and advice on financial abuse
3rd June 2014
  by WIRE

A practical booklet on the reality of financial abuse and how to re-gain control has been produced by WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Service). The booklet is targeted at women experiencing the abuse but is a useful resource for workers who may be assisting a woman. It explains the nature of financial abuse, why it happens, and how a woman can protect herself from further financial abuse, with step-by-step suggestions. The book provides check-lists, information on what to look out for, and lots of referrals to agencies and resources that can help women.

Resource for parents on supporting children after trauma
3rd June 2014
  by The Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network has developed an online tip sheet on how parents and carers can support children who have recently experienced trauma. The sheet provides a list of tips on how to support a child’s recovery in the days and weeks after a traumatic event and what to look out for if recovery is not going so well. It also explains how children might be feeling, what their needs may be and how they might respond after trauma. Practical suggestions are given throughout the sheet. There are also separate sections discussing the impact of trauma on children of different ages, and how parents and carers can respond in an age-appropriate way.

Link to document: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/trauma_days_and_weeks.html

Australian Human Right's Commission - Children's Rights Poster
25th May 2014
  by Australian Human Right's Commission

A fantastic resource the Australian Human Rights Commission - a poster that easily outlines the rights of children.

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Resident 3rd party objections &appeals against planning applications:implications for social housing
25th May 2014
  by AHURI

This project examined two models of public engagement in planning approval processes—third party objection and appeal rights (TPOAR) and fast tracked planning (e.g. used as part of approving developments funded under the Nation Building Stimulus Package)—to see how they impact on housing supply (especially higher-density housing), resident perceptions, and realisation of planning goals.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p30678

No new start: national economic & social impact survey
25th May 2014
  by The Salvation Army

Based on a nationwide survey of around 2,500 Salvation Army welfare clients, this report argues that the lives of those living on the margins are about to get even harder in light of the recent Federal budget.

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Resolving long-term homelessness
13th May 2014
  by Guy Johnson, Daniel Kuehnle, Sharon Parkinson, Sandra Sesa, Yi-Ping Tseng

Evaluating an intensive intervention designed to end long-term homelessness, this report covers the 36 months outcomes of the Journey to Social Inclusion pilot program and follows on from two previous reports which examined outcomes after 12 and 24 months. The evaluation combined a traditional Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) with in-depth interviews.

The Trauma and Homelessness Initiative Research Findings
13th May 2014
  by australian Centre for Posttraumatic mental health

This report was commissioned by Sacred Heart Mission, Mind Australia, Inner South Community Health, and VincentCare Victoria. It has found that trauma levels for the long-term homeless are far greater than the general Australian community. It also identified a relationship between trauma exposure, mental health difficulties, social disadvantage and long-term homelessness to explain how some people get trapped in a cycle.

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Homelessness: re-shaping the policy agenda?
13th May 2014
  by Chris Chamberlain - AHURI

In 2012, the ABS released a new definition of homelessness and new estimates of the homeless population using 2011 Census data. This Essay argued that the new definition was not as comprehensible and may undercount the numbers homeless.

Aboriginal lifeworlds, conditionality and housing outcomes
13th May 2014
  by Paul Memmott - AHURI

This Multi-Year Research Project (MYRP) is a timely contribution to national policy debates concerned with reducing Indigenous disadvantage and improving housing outcomes.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/myrp705

April - November 2014 Training Calendar – Approved courses for FRMP Training Scholarships
13th May 2014
  by FRMP

FRMP has approved the following training for scholarship support for youth homelessness workers.

Cost-effective methods for evaluation of neighbourhood renewal programs
29th April 2014
  by AHURI

This project compared the house price profiles before and after the introduction of neighbourhood renewal programs to show that these programs improved neighbourhood amenity (as proxied by house prices) in five out of seven areas examined.

Information paper: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples perspectives on homelessness, 2014
17th April 2014
  by Australian Bureau of Statistics

This paper presents different perspectives of homelessness and their alignment with the ABS statistical definition of homelessness and identifies the implications for measuring homelessness in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.

Link to document: http://apo.org.au/files/Resource/abs_informationpaperaboriginalandtorresstraitislanderpeoplesperspectivesonhomelessness2014_apr_2014.pdf

Northern Group Work Calendar, Term 2 2014
15th April 2014
  by Women's Health in the North

This calendar has been collated with information provided by community group work service providers. The aim of the calendar is to assist service providers to support women, children and men to access appropriate family violence support groups. A new calendar is produced to coincide with the school term and will include the most accurate information available.

Enhancing affordable housing investment via a social housing guarantee
15th April 2014
  by AHURI

This project developed two options for increasing institutional investment in affordable housing. An implementation plan is presented for the preferred model—an Affordable Housing Finance Corporation.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p53019

An evaluation of the nature and effectiveness of supportive housing models
15th April 2014
  by AHURI

This research project will evaluate the effectiveness of supportive housing models. Focusing on models with both onsite support and dispersed housing with support provided through outreach, it will examine how different models operate and how support is integrated. It will also capture the experiences, preferences and outcomes for residents.:

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p21024#sthash.vr9De04z.dpuf

Affordable housing, urban renewal and planning: emerging practice in NSW, SA and Qld
15th April 2014
  by AHURI

This project examined how planning and housing policy domains have successfully worked more closely together to deliver increased affordable housing supply in urban renewal areas in three cities (Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane).

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p70691#sthash.HlYTc9Xf.dpuf

Working with the Karen Community
1st April 2014
  by Alexandra Lane, Diana Pitruzzello & James Dunne

On 12 December the “Working with the Karen Community” report was launched. The Karen people are an ethnic minority group from Burma. With a growing community in Victoria, particularly in the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay areas, the Karen people fled their native country and settled in Australia following decades of persecution due to the world’s longest-running, ongoing civil war. With the assistance of a Wyndham Karen community member who collected and translated stories, the report was created to help service providers better engage with the community by increasing their understanding of the Karen people and their experience of settlement in Australia.

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STREAT Programs - Tasters
1st April 2014
  by STREAT

STREAT is a not for profit social enterprise aimed at helping marginalised young people make positive change in their lives. STREAT offer a range of programs to young people aged between 16-25 years who are at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness or are otherwise disadvantaged. STREAT's free Taster programs are short, half to one day programs introducing a group of 6-8 young people to coffee and food. Tasters can be a good introduction to STREAT and hospitality and a pre-cursor to their longer programs.

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