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THIS IS NOT LIVING - Chronic homelessness in Melbourne
11th March 2011
  by GUY JOHNSON AND NICOLA WYLIE

Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) is a three year initiative that aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and the social and economic participation of people who are chronically homeless. J2SI provides intensive, long term support for each person including therapeutic and skills building services.

This report draws on in-depth interviews we conducted with participants from the J2SI evaluation. They all shared with us their experiences of chronic homelessness. They described what it’s like to sleep rough, live in squats and stay in rooming houses or crisis accommodation.They talked about how it felt to experience the stigma of homelessness and the impact this had on them. They talked about the barriers and challenges they face on a daily basis and how they deal with them. And, they shared with us their aspirations and hopes for the future.

Specialist Homelessness Services Collection
11th March 2011
  by Geoff Neideck - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

A presentation from the National Implementation Workshop that took place in Melbourne on 17 February 2011. The Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) will commence on the 1 July 2011. The presentation provides information on: the new collection; why the SHSC is being developed; what the SHSC will tell us; differences to SAAP; data improvements and NMDS; the Client Management System (CMS); and the AIHW web portal.

Summary of National Partnership Agreement Initiatives in the NWMR - 09/10 - 12/13
10th March 2011
  by NW DHS Community Programs Unit

A Summary Fact Sheet providing details of NPA Initiatives in the region, including target group and catchment boundaries of programs.

Hanover Fitzroy Assertive Outreach Team Brochure
5th March 2011

The Hanover Assertive Outreach Team works with people who are aged 18 + and are sleeping out or are living in a squat. The Outreach Team has a regular run on Wednesdays from 2pm to 8pm, which covers the following areas; City of Yarra, Darebin and Moreland.

Marginal Tenures – A National Picture
28th February 2011
  by Jon Eastgate, Judith Hunter & Helen Wallace - National Shelter

A policy paper on boarding houses, caravan parks and other marginal housing tenures.

Workshop Feedback from the NWHN Working with Children and Families Regional Forum
21st February 2011
  by Zoe Probyn and Jodi Mohr

Feedback from workshop participants at the NWHN Regional Forum in December 2010 on their experiences and recommendations on working with Children & Families experiencing or at risk of Homelessness in the NW Metropolitan region.

Improving ICT uptake in community sector organisations
17th January 2011
  by The Nous Group

The Office for the Community Sector engaged The Nous Group to identify the barriers which limit use of ICT in the community sector and what initiatives could be lead by the Office to reduce these barriers. This project defined a vision for ICT in the community sector, specified the ICT requirements that must be met to achieve the vision, identified the primary barriers that restrict ICT use and scoped ten projects to improve ICT uptake. This work was informed by discussions with peak bodies and consultations with a wide spectrum of community sector organisations – both those who lead the sector in use of ICT and those who are challenged by it.

North and West Homelessness Network (NWHN) HEF Project Review Submission
17th January 2011
  by NWHN

This submission seeks to represent a range of regional issues and includes feedback from individual services on the use of HEF and its role as a resource in supporting the work of the North & West Homelessness Service System in addressing homelessness.

Northern Metro Homelessness Network & Western Metro Homelessness Services Opening Doors Manual V2
17th January 2011

This manual is designed for staff of homelessness assistance services funded through the Community Programs Unit, Department of Human Services (DHS) in the North & West Metropolitan Region (NWMR).

The purpose of this manual is to document the various policies, guidelines and practice issues that pertain to the coordinated operation of the homelessness service system in the NWMR. The model and arrangements outlined in this manual have been developed by the two homelessness Local Areas Service Networks (LASNs) in the Region to operationalise the Opening Doors Framework. (See Section 1.3 for a description of the Opening Doors Framework and 1.4 for information on the LASNs.) Initial implementation of these arrangements occurred in December 2009. The LASNs continue to monitor and develop coordinated approaches to service system operation.

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NWHN December 2010 Forum - NWRCRP Brokerage Presentation
3rd December 2010

The North West Regional Children's Resource Program (NWRCRP) was developed to assist the homelessness sector in identifying and addressing the specific needs of children experiencing homelessness.

The Homeless Children's Brokerage Support Project has been established to enhance opportunities for children experiencing homelessness to:

  • Engage and maintain their education (including early education services such as childcare and kindergarten).
  • Reduce social isolation by enhancing access to a range of support, social and recreational opportunities within their community.
  • Provide social and emotional growth opportunities for children and provide opportunities to increase relational bonds between parents/carers and children.

The Homeless Children's Brokerage Support Project also aims to provide further encouragement to homelessness support providers to integrate child focused assessment and case planning into their work practice.

NWHN December 2010 Forum - Accommodation Options for Families Presentation
3rd December 2010

The Accommodation Options for Families (AOF) Program is an initiative of the Department of Human Services and forms part of the Victorian Government’s Rooming House reforms.

AOF is funded by DHS as part of implementing key recommendations from the Rooming House Standards Taskforce report (2009).

There are 8 AOF teams across the metropolitan region, with the service being delivered by HomeGround in partnership with VincentCare Housing Services in the Northern subregion, and SASHS delivering the service in the Western subregion.

NWHN December 2010 Forum Children's Specialist Support Service Presentation
3rd December 2010

Merri Outreach Support Service (MOSS) was successful in gaining funding for a pilot program of the Children's Specialist Support Service (CSSS) until 2013.

The program is based on the Bright Futures model developed by MOSS in 2006-2007, and offers three streams of support:

1) Assessment and development of case plan

2) Enhanced Case Management

3) Bright Futures Therapeutic Group Work

NWHN December 2010 Forum Support for Families At Risk Presentation
3rd December 2010

The Support for Families At Risk (SFAR) program is a DHS Initiative that forms part of the Victorian Government’s response to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

It aims to assist families with complex support needs to break the cycle of homelessness by providing up to 12 months intensive, tailored support both to maintain housing and to foster stronger links with community. It also aims to assists families to link into mainstream and specialist support services and to assists families to keep their children in school.

NWHN December 2010 Forum Working with Children and Families Presentation
3rd December 2010

A North and West Homelessness Network presentation highlighting the key facts and figures as well as impacts relating to children and families who experience homelessness.

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NWHN December 2010 Forum SASHS Families Team Presentation
3rd December 2010

SASHS Western have established a Families Unit that provides a suite of services to respond to children and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness as follows:

  • Accommodation Options for Families (AOF)
  • Additional Support for Families (ASF)
  • Support for Families at Risk (SFaR)
  • Tenancy management/Private rental accommodation

Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework A shared responsibility for as
11th October 2010
  by Victorian Government

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (the Commission) recommended the review and redevelopment of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (the Framework), and to embed it into the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) (the FVPA).

As a result the new Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management
Framework (the MARAM Framework) (this document),was developed, to address gaps identified by theCommission.

The MARAM Framework can be used by all services that come into contact with individuals and families experiencing family violence. The MARAM Framework aims to establish a system-wide shared understanding of family violence. It will guide professionals across the continuum of service responses, across the range of presentations and spectrum of risk. It will provide information and resources that professionals need to keep victim survivors safe, and to keep perpetrators in view and hold them accountable for their actions.

It covers all aspects of service delivery from early identification, screening, risk assessment and management, to safety planning, collaborative practice, stabilisation and recovery. The MARAM Framework provides policy guidance to organisations that have responsibilities in assessing and managing family violence risk, including those that have been prescribed under regulation as Framework organisations.

Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework A shared responsibility for as
11th October 2010
  by Victorian Government

The Royal Commission into Family Violence (the Commission) recommended the review and redevelopment of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (the Framework), and to embed it into the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) (the FVPA).

As a result the new Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management
Framework (the MARAM Framework) (this document),was developed, to address gaps identified by theCommission.

The MARAM Framework can be used by all services that come into contact with individuals and families experiencing family violence. The MARAM Framework aims to establish a system-wide shared understanding of family violence. It will guide professionals across the continuum of service responses, across the range of presentations and spectrum of risk. It will provide information and resources that professionals need to keep victim survivors safe, and to keep perpetrators in view and hold them accountable for their actions.

It covers all aspects of service delivery from early identification, screening, risk assessment and management, to safety planning, collaborative practice, stabilisation and recovery. The MARAM Framework provides policy guidance to organisations that have responsibilities in assessing and managing family violence risk, including those that have been prescribed under regulation as Framework organisations.

Housing Australia Factsheet
1st October 2010
  by Prepared for National Shelter by Shelter NSW

A quick guide to housing facts and figures.

Prepared for National Shelter by Shelter NSW - 1 October 2010.

Enquiries:
Mary Perkins, Shelter NSW, (02) 9267 5733 ext. 14, www.shelternsw.org.au
Adrian Pisarski, National Shelter, (07) 3393 2433, www.shelter.org.au

Housing, public policy and social inclusion AHURI positioning paper
30th September 2010
  by Kath Hulse, Keith Jacobs, Kathy Arthurson and Angela Spinney

As taken from the Executive Summary, 'Social inclusion is a term sometimes deployed by policy makers to signal an intent to address long-standing inequalities within society. The aim of policies framed by social inclusion is to assist people who are marginalised to secure better outcomes in areas such as health, housing, education and employment. It is widely recognised that policies to enhance social inclusion require a whole of government approach across a range of service delivery areas alongside fiscal policies and resources to ensure that programs are adequately funded.


The current focus of Australia housing policy in relation to social inclusion is across three areas: homelessness, place-based disadvantage and the disadvantages experienced by Indigenous households. This Positioning Paper provides a review of the literature on social inclusion and housing as the foundation for an empirical research project that seeks to understand the best forms of policy intervention to secure optimum outcomes for individuals and households who experience housing disadvantage. The aim of the paper is to make explicit the ways that housing processes ‘perform’ in accentuating or ameliorating social disadvantage.'

CHP SECTOR BRIEFING on A Better place: Victorian Homelessness 2020 Strategy
30th September 2010
  by CHP

On 23 September 2010, the Victorian Government released A Better Place: Victorian Homelessness 2020 Strategy.

CHP have prepared a full analysis outlining CHP's initial response. This will be followed by consultation with the homelessness sector across Victoria to further develop CHP’s position as we enter the first phase of the strategy’s implementation.

CHP will continue to publish updates as the regional briefings progress.

Nation Building Allocations Fact Sheet - Sept 2010
29th September 2010
  by DHS - OoH

This fact sheet provides an overview of the tenant allocations of homes built through the Nation Building housing program in Victoria. This document will be periodically updated as the program continues through to completion in June 2012.

This fact sheet is accompanied by a collection of stories from tenants of Nation Building-funded homes, as well as contact details for regional housing offices and for providers of community housing throughout Victoria.

Tenant stories - Nation Building housing in Victoria
29th September 2010

These stories accompany the Nation Building Allocations Fact Sheet.

Registered Housing Associations and Providers Contact Details
29th September 2010
  by DHS OoH

This document accompanies the Nation Building Allocations Fact Sheet.

A Better Place: Victorian Homelessness 2020 Strategy
23rd September 2010

Victoria has released a new ten-year strategy, A Better Place: Victorian Homelessness 2020 Strategy. The strategy proposes a standard definition of homelessness and a focus on prevention and early intervention to reduce the number of people becoming homeless.

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NWHN September 2010 Forum Council to Homeless Persons Victorian Election Campaign presentation
17th September 2010

CHP's 'It Tales a Home ... ' presentation on the campaign package that has been developed for the upcoming Victorian State Government Election in November.

NWHN September 2010 Forum Social Housing Advocacy and Support Program (SHASP) Presentation
17th September 2010

SHASP provides advocacy and support for social housing tenants (public and community), support to build long term sustainable tenancies, and advocacy to resolve tenancy related matters. Wombat, SASHS Western and HomeGround are the major providers in the N&W respectively. This presentation provides an overview of regional models.

NWHN September 2010 Forum National Rental Assistance Scheme (NRAS) Presentation
17th September 2010

NRAS is a not well understood scheme designed to work with private developers and Affordable Housing Associations (AHS's) to increase the supply of affordable rental housing. The 50,000 unit national target translates to 7,500 units in Victoria at 20% below market rents. The third round aims to deliver 4,300 units, possibly 1,000 in the N&W. How does it work? Who manages the stock? How do we get access? The attached presentation from the Office of Housing (Housing and Community Building division) provides answers to these questions.

New Application for Public Housing Forms
2nd September 2010

The new application for Public Housing has replaced the 4 existing public forms. Advantages include:

  • Clients only need to tell their story once rather than have to decide which application they need to complete to apply for housing
  • collecting and capturing consistent information for all clients
  • consent to contact a support person/agency and consent to participate in Income Confirmation are built into the form
  • if a client provides consent, an organisation/support can receive a copy of correspondence that the client receives (Section C of form)
  • builds a picture of the clients housing history (Section D of form)

The new forms are available on the internet or through your local housing office.

Link to document: http://www.housing.vic.gov.au/applying-for-housing

Engaging Marginalised and Vulnerable Families
30th August 2010
  by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the RCH Centre for Community Child Health

A Policy Brief that looks at barriers & ways to improve access to health and support services for marginalized families.

The integration of homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia
30th August 2010
  by Paul Flatau, Elizabeth Conroy, Anne Clear and Lucy Burns

New Positioning Paper from Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) on the Integration of Homelessness, Mental Health and D & A services in Australia.

Released in August 2010

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