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Asking for Directions: Partnering with Youth to Build theEvidence Base for Homeless Youth Services
11th April 2013
  by Schweitzer et al., Pacific University

Each year it is estimated that almost 2 million American youth run away from home, are thrown out of their homes, or otherwise end up homeless. As concerning as those numbers are, the risks runaway and homeless youth are exposed to when they find themselves on the street are even more so.

Running away from home dramatically increases the risk of victimization, both physically and sexually. Moreover, youth living on the streets exhibit much higher health risks including higher rates of substance abuse, suicide attempts, sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy and death.

Because runaway and homeless youth find themselves lacking skills and resources necessary to fully engage in employment, they are left with few legally permissible options for survival.

North and West Homelessness Network March Forum on Rooming Houses
27th March 2013
  by NWHN

Flyer for NWHN March Forum on Rooming Houses, featuring keynote speaker Professor Chris Chamberlain (RMIT) who will be presenting his research paper Counting Boarding Houses: Reflections on Homelessness Research in Australia.

Agenda for North and West Homelessness Network March Forum on Rooming Houses
27th March 2013
  by NWHN

Agenda for NWHN March Forum on Rooming Houses, featuring keynote speaker Professor Chris Chamberlain (RMIT) who will be presenting his research paper Counting Boarding Houses: Reflections on Homelessness Research in Australia.

Wheels March Flyer - 27th March 2013
27th March 2013
  by Melbourne City Mission

Flyer for Melbourne City Mission's upcoming Wheels Program in North Fitzroy commmencing on 27th March 2013.

Wheels Program referral form - 27th March 2013
27th March 2013
  by Melbourne City Mission

Referral form for upcoming Wheels Program based in North Fitzroy commencing 27th March 2013

Poverty In Australia
25th March 2013
  by ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service has today released new figures showing 620, 600 people with disability in Australia are living below the conservative, internationally accepted poverty line used to measure financial hardship in wealthy countries.

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Whitelion Young Womens Support Service
22nd March 2013
  by Whitelion

Whitelion Young Women’s Support Service for women aged 15 – 24 years who have been involved (or at risk of) with the youth justice and / or out of home care systems

Whitelion Young Mens Support Service
22nd March 2013
  by Whitelion

Whitelion Young Men’s Support Service - A new service just for young men aged 14 – 20 years who have been involved (or at risk of) with the youth justice and / or out of home care systems which provides one on one support and group activities

Defaulting on the Australian Dream: Does Full Time Work Guarantee Access to Housing?
18th March 2013
  by Australians for Affordable Housing

Australians for Affordable Housing have launched their report into the affordability of housing for workers in a number of occupations, Defaulting on the Australian dream. Their research shows that a full-time salary no longer guarantees access to affordable housing in Australia.

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Addressing Housing Affordability in Australia: A 4 point plan for the next 5 years
18th March 2013
  by Australians for Affordable Housing

Across Australia hundreds of thousands are struggling to get, and keep, a roof over their heads, whether they are in private rental, home ownership or public housing. Our housing system, which used to support people to get affordable housing whatever their circumstances, is broken.

  • House prices have risen nearly 150 per cent over the past decade while earnings have increase by just over 50 per cent.
  • Rents have risen 49 per cent while household incomes have grown 20 per cent in the last five years.
  • Two out of five of the very lowest income rental households are in housing stress.
  • Almost 240,000 people are waiting for social housing across the country.

Australians for Affordable Housing are proposing a four point plan that will deliver 30,000 new affordable housing units each year and lift 250,000 households out of housing stress. This plan outlines a blueprint to address Australia's housing crisis and to ensure Australians have access to a housing system that works for everyone.

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Housing Australia Factsheet
18th March 2013
  by Housing Australia

Rates of housing stress and homelessness are high, vacancy rates in the private rental market are low, and social housing waiting lists are long - these trends are all indicators of a crisis in our housing system, and they are documented in the Housing Australia Factsheet, which has been recently updated.

Meeting Housing Challenges - 2012 National Shelter Policy Priorities
18th March 2013
  by National Shelter

National Shelter believe it is critical that further government investment is made to increase the supply of affordable rental housing and social housing. They want the Commonwealth, and state and territory governments to commit to constructing an extra 200,000 dwellings by 2021. See their policy platform for the 2013 federal election below for more details.

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SPLASH flyer for term two 2013
14th March 2013
  by Womens Health West

SPLASh (Safe Place for Laughter, Arts and Sharing) is a therapeutic creative arts group for children who have experienced family violence. In term two, it will be running it in Melton for kids age 6~9yrs.

Violence Against Women in Moreland: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

Violence Against Women in Hume: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

Violence Against Women in Darebin: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

 

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

 

Violence Against Women in Banyule: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

Violence Against Women in Nillumbik: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

Violence Against Women in Whittlesea: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

Violence Against Women in Yarra: 2011-2012 Information and Facts
13th March 2013
  by Women's Health in the North and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services

This fact sheet presents comparable statistics of family violence in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the Northern Metropolitan Region (NMR) obtained from Victoria Police records of reported incidents during 2011 -­ 2012. Many women experiencing family violence do not report this to the police; therefore, the LGA figures from Victoria  Police are likely to underestimate the extent of the problem. 

The power of data in Aboriginal hands
12th March 2013
  by Peter Yu, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

This paper explores the critical role that data can play in development scenarios when Aboriginal people are in control of collecting, managing and interpreting data. It was first presented as a pleniary paper at the conference Social Science Perspectives on the 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, held at The ANU on 11–12 April 2011.

At the time of writing, Peter Yu was Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd, Broome and a member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council of the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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The Suburbs We Need: Establishing a National Urban Investment Fund
4th March 2013
  by The National Growth Areas Alliance

Australia’s cities rank highly on global ‘liveability’ league tables. But how ‘liveable’ are 24 of the fastest-growing municipalities where more than three million Australians now reside? Over the next 20 years the population of these municipalities will grow at twice the national average bringing greater demands for infrastructure, public transport, health, education, and recreational services.


A major survey of residents in growth areas identified concerns in infrastructure planning and a lack public transport options and recreational facilities for young people. Residents want more health services and employment opportunities delivered closer to home. Securing a sustainable investment base for infrastructure in areas with fast-growing populations should be a major priority for the Federal Government.

The role of local government in addressing homelessness: a literature review
4th March 2013
  by Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)

Reviewing the worldwide literature on homelessness and local government, this report finds that relatively little has been written on this topic in Australia and this almost certainly reflects the relatively minor role local government plays in mitigating the impacts of homelessness.

Intergenerational homelessness and the use of homelessness services
4th March 2013
  by AHURI

The research examined the prevalence of intergenerational homelessness in Australia and found that almost half of those currently receiving homelessness assistance had parents who themselves experienced homelessness. Prevention and early intervention programs, especially those oriented to Indigenous people are critical in breaking the cycle of intergenerational homelessness.

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Children in care report card
28th February 2013
  by Anglicare Victoria

Children entering care have not had the same chance as other children to grow and thrive. Parental maltreatment and other disadvantages mean that their life outcomes are often poor compared to children generally.

Anglicare Victoria’s Children in Care Report Card shows the ‘gap’ between children in care and all children. Information on 142 children in care was collected from case records and compared to population data.

The results for physical activity, obesity and healthy lifestyle were positive. However, a much higher proportion of children in care had emotional and behavioural problems and chronic health conditions compared to children who were not in care.

Education participation rates of children in care were similar to children in the community. However, children in care were less engaged in education and less likely to be reaching their learning potential. Older teenagers in care also had limited independent living skills and lacked access to important identity documents.

Too many children in care were disconnected from birth fathers and peers. Children in care also had fewer opportunities than children who were not in care to participate in activities that would help them build community networks.

It is everyone’s responsibility to help bridge the gap between the life outcomes of children in care and those same outcomes among children who are not in care. Results from the Children in Care Report Card show us where we need to act.

The Role of the Philanthropic Sector in Addressing Homelessness
28th February 2013
  by Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning

This paper is the first output of a project entitled Beyond charity: the engagement of the philanthropic and homelessness sectors in Australia. The report has two purposes. First, it outlines the focus of, and rationale for, this empirical research investigating the engagement of the philanthropic and homelessness sectors in Australia. Second, it presents the results of a targeted literature review scoping the form and extent of philanthropic and homelessness sector engagement, also paying specific attention to the structures that support active philanthropic engagement with homelessness, including taxation incentives and disincentives.

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Crossroad ICMI Breakfast Seminar_26.2.13
26th February 2013
  by ICMI

Flyer for February seminar for Crossroads Intensive Case Management Initiative (ICMI)'s ‘A High and Complex Breakfast’ seminars and workshops series. This seminar will focus on Injecting Drug Use, with Marcelle & James (Manager & Worker) from the Northern Mobile Needle Exchange/Foot Patrol providing information on current drug use and its impact.

How would proposed reforms in the Henry Tax Review affect housing affordability?
25th February 2013
  by AHURI

Modelling shows that proposed reforms in the Henry Tax Review can improve housing affordability by reducing private rents and entry costs for property purchasers. 

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p80647/

Housing First: Where is the evidence? 2012 (Canada)
25th February 2013
  by Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff and John Rook

In the last ten years a radical transformation has occurred in the attitudes and practices guiding housing programs that provide emergency and long-term housing for homeless people.

The latter approach has been labelled housing first (HF) and has rapidly acquired widespread adoption by communities with 10-year plans to end homelessness in Canada and the U.S and by mental health service providers seeking housing stability for clients.

This search uncovered three founding programs that can be considered housing first models. Because of their differences, the review begins with a brief description of each model and then examines the evidence base for housing first as reported in the academic literature.

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Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013-2017
14th February 2013
  by Victorian Government

On 25 January the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, launched the whole of government alcohol and drug strategy - Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013-2017.

Reducing the alcohol and drug toll sets out a 15-point plan that provides a comprehensive response to the three major drug types, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs and illegal drugs. It also includes some key new investments, including:

  • $2.6 million to a long term program to challenge Victoria’s culture around drinking, reduce harms from alcohol misuse and instil personal responsibility around alcohol use; and
  • a four year $12.5 million program for Emergency Departments across Victoria to support clinicians dealing with alcohol and drug related hospital admissions and emergency department presentations.

Link to document: http://docs.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/1D4BF7FF3C551C4DCA257AFD00707A93/$FILE/Reducing-AOD-toll.pdf

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