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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.

STREAT Programs - Entree
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. The Entrée program is a work experience-only option for people wanting to access unpaid hospitality focused work experience as part of another course or program, or just give working with coffee and food (and STREAT!) a try before committing to a longer program.

STREAT Programs - Entree
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. The Entrée program is a work experience-only option for people wanting to access unpaid hospitality focused work experience as part of another course or program, or just give working with coffee and food (and STREAT!) a try before committing to a longer program.

STREAT Programs - Main Course
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. Main Course is a two part fully supported program including on-the-job training and mentoring, a life skills group program, creative and social engagement and individualised wrap-around case support (including linkages to specialist service providers).

 

Transport disadvantage and low-income rental housing
1st April 2014
  by AHURI

This project will provide empirical measures of the extent and effects of transport disadvantage associated with changing spatial concentrations of lower-income rental housing in Melbourne and Sydney; and will assist housing policy-makers to engage with new transport research that offers opportunities for affordable policy interventions to alleviate this disadvantage.

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Do current measures of housing affordability reflect wellbeing?
1st April 2014
  by AHURI

This Research and Policy Bulletin provides details of the key findings and policy implications from the completed AHURI research project Housing stress and household wellbeing in Australia.

"Can you please help me? How can we live?": Emergency relief and crisis support for asylum seekers
31st March 2014
  by Robert Gruhn - UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmanian Unit

Asylum seekers living in the community are at serious risk of disadvantage, isolation and marginalisation, argues this report, which outlines the emergency relief services and other related support to asylum seekers provided by UnitingCare agencies.

Link to document: http://apo.org.au/research/can-you-please-help-me-how-can-we-live-unitingcare’s-emergency-relief-and-crisis-support?utm_source=Australian+Policy+Online+Weekly+Briefing&utm_campaign=49546bd6be-Policy_O

Registration form for ICMS March High and Complex Breakfast Seminar
25th March 2014
  by Intensive Case Management Service

Registration form for upcoming March High and Complex Breakfast Seminar

SASHS Job Application Form
24th March 2014
  by SASHS Western

SASHS Job Application form for Community Tenancy Worker position

FRMP Approved Training Calendar
19th March 2014
  by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

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

Difficulties faced by people living with mental illness accessing and maintaining Social Housing
19th March 2014
  by Public Interest Advocacy Centre Ltd.

This research paper explores the strong relationship between homelessness and mental illness, and the impact that has on maintaining social housing

Policy as punishment: asylum seekers in the community without the right to work
4th March 2014
  by Lisa Hartley and Caroline Fleay: Centre for Human Rights Education

This research paper details the experiences of 29 asylum seekers who were released from immigration detention in Australia into community-based arrangements with no right to work and limited entitlements. This paper aims to elevate the experiences of asylum seekers living in the community without the right to work. It is important that the voices of those most affected by government policies are heard. While some argue that democratically elected governments have a mandate to implement the asylum policies they outlined prior to an election,8 decision makers must also consider the impacts of these policies on asylum seekers themselves. Governments retain vast powers to decide the fate of asylum seekers who arrive at the borders. This ‘asymmetry of power’ has too often meant that policies have been adopted in Australia that ignore the right of people fleeing persecution to seek asylum. These policies have also been adopted despite the existence of research that documents the harm created by earlier such policies.

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Responding to challenges of misuse of alcohol and other drugs by young people of refugee backgrounds
18th February 2014
  by Foundation House

This Foundation House report shares reflections from two projects initiated in Western Melbourne in 2010 in response to concerns that mainstream services encountered difficulties engaging young people from refugee backgrounds. It draws on the experience of the host organisations and the literature to offer recommendations for the consideration of policy makers, service providers and staff to enable them to work more effectively with young people of refugee backgrounds who may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol and drug misuse.

Education Funding Options
17th February 2014
  by School Focused Youth Service

This resource has been developed to inform schools and agencies about education related financial assiatance available for low income families.

Austin Health: CAMHS Professional Development Seminar Series 2014
17th February 2014
  by Austin Health Children and Adult Mental Health Service

These seminars are intended to provide an introduction and overview of a range of mental health conditions affecting children and adolescents. They are aimed primarily at school professionals (e.g., teachers, student welfare co-ordinators etc) who wish to increase their understanding of mental health conditions and issues which may be impacting on students. However, community clinicians, mental health workers, youth workers and others professionals will also find these seminars very beneficial.

StreetCount research program 2013
4th February 2014
  by City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne’s StreetCount research program began in 2008 and utilises teams of volunteers to locate and count people sleeping rough in the parks and streets of Melbourne on an annual early morning basis.

The cost of homelessness and the net cost of homelessness programs: a national study
4th February 2014
  by AHURI

This project explored the effect homelessness programs have on the potential to yield substantial cost savings particularly in health and justice service areas and the use of social welfare services.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p82014

DVRCV Training Calendar Semester 1 2014‏
22nd January 2014
  by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

The DVRCV Training Calendar for Semester 1 2014 is now available‏

Public housing stock transfers in Australia: past, present and prospective
21st January 2014
  by AHURI

This project looked at transfers in three jurisdictions (New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria) and involved in-depth interviews with stakeholders and focus groups with former public housing tenants that transferred to not-for-profit landlords.

SUMITT's 2014 Training Calendar
21st January 2014
  by SUMITT

SUMITT's 2014 Training Calendar is now available.

Specialist Homelessness Services
17th December 2013
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

In 2012-13 specialist homelessness services assisted over 244,000 clients. Of these clients, 54% were at risk of homelessness, and 46% were already homeless when they first began receiving support (22% of those who were homeless had no shelter or were living in an improvised dwelling). This report presents the findings of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection for 2012-13, and describes the clients who received specialist homelessness support, the assistance they sought and were provided, and the outcomes achieved for those clients.

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