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How High Can We Go - Homeless Children's Education
16th May 2011
  by North West Regional Children’s Resource Program

During November and December of 2010 the North West Regional Children’s Resource Program surveyed 40 children who accompany parents through Merri Outreach Support Service’s case management programs. The surveys focused on the children’s educational experiences and the impact homelessness has on school attendance, academic achievement and connections to school and recreational opportunities.

Link to document: http://www.homelesskidscount.org/How%20High%20Can%20We%20Go%20%20%20%20Education%20Data%20Report%20-%20Final%20Copy.pdf

Housing & Homelessness Services: Access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
13th May 2011
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians. Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians.


The rate of home ownership for Indigenous households was about a third compared to two-thirds for non-Indigenous households. Indigenous households were ten times more likely to be living in overcrowded conditions compared to non-Indigenous households.

Link to document: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419006

Housing and income inequalities in the city
29th April 2011
  by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

This study shows that over the period 1986–2006, the income distribution in Melbourne polarised: the numbers of low and high income households increased while those with middle incomes fell. At the same time, the gap in median house prices between Melbourne’s highest and lowest cost Statistical Subdivisions more than doubled, which considerably restricted the potential residential location choices of Melbourne’s low income households. The net result is that this income inequality has become mapped onto the city, creating neighbourhoods of extreme advantage and disadvantage.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p50382

‘Shacking up’: Australian Housing Workers Perceptions of Women’s Pathways Out of Homelessness
10th April 2011
  by Jennifer Hill

This thesis examines housing workers perceptions of relationships entered into by women to escape their experiences of homelessness. This project uses interviews with five housing workers as a method of exploring where the social and welfare sector places these women in the current cultural definitions of homelessness. The thesis argues that women who form these relationships should be identified as being principally homeless due to the unstable nature of the secured accommodation. It aims to make a contribution to the understanding of the complex and hidden nature of women’s homelessness by suggesting that women who enter into relationships in order to put a roof over their head have in no way acquired a successful exit point in their homelessness and that further funding is required to fund women’s based services.

Methodological Review of Counting the Homeless 2006 - Homelessness Australia Sector Briefing
8th April 2011
  by Homelessness Australia

The ABS claims to have adjusted the 2006 Census figures for each of the homelessness categories after conducting a series of cross-tabulations of Census night data which the Discussion Paper claims excludes large numbers of people when other information provided is taken into account. A summary of the reasons provided by the ABS for removing large numbers of people from each category is provided in the Discussion Paper and re-produced and critiqued in this Sector Briefing from Homelessness Australia.

Finding Help for Someone with a Mental Health Problem
4th April 2011
  by Chris McGrath

An initiative of Carers Victoria Respite Connections Mental Health Program (March 2011), this resource has been developed for workers in the community care system, and focuses largely on the public mental health system. It provides information about a range of services offering different types of specialised support to families and individuals impacted by mental illness. It gives active links to the information sites of the major mental health services in Victoria. It also provides information and links to organisations which offer a range of general health, personal and social supports. Although not mental health specific, these additional supports may be useful to someone living with a mental health problem.

ABS Discussion Paper: Methodological Review of Counting the Homeless, 2006
31st March 2011
  by AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

This Discussion Paper outlines the findings of the Methodological Review of Counting the Homeless 2006. In this review the ABS has revised the Census night point in time count downwards to approximately 65,000 people. The ABS welcomes feedback from any readers of the Discussion paper. The ABS will also hold discussion forums in each state and territory capital city to seek feedback, and will advertise these sessions on the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au). This consultation will be used to inform the final methodology for the ABS producing estimates of homelessness from 2001 onwards. The ABS will publish the final methodology, along with revised estimates of the homeless population for 2001 and 2006 by 31 July 2011.

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NWHN March 2011 Forum - Creating Connections Private Rental Brokerage Program presentation
31st March 2011

Delivered by Youth Support Services VincentCare Victoria, this presentation provides details of the Creating Connectoins Private Rental Brokerage Program operating in the NWMR. This new initiative funded under the Youth Homelessness Action Plan 2 (Action 5), aims to improve homeless young peoples access to private rental accommodation. This pilot program is funded until end of June 2011.

NWHN March Forum 2011 - Private Rental Access Program Melton presentation
31st March 2011

This Council funded program aims to act as an early intervention model, to prevent “at risk” people entering the homelessness system. This is by providing immediate assistance to those who are able to maintain private rental, to access and/or retain private rental as a long-term housing option.

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NWMR March 2011 Forum - HomeGround Housing Options Team presentation
31st March 2011

HomeGround's Housing Options Team provides a range of services to assist people to access private rental. The Team acquires head and direct lease properties on the private market; facilitates access to Social Housing; develops and maintains relationships with serviced apartments and other accommodation providers; as well as ongoing liaison with the DHS Leasing Program.

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.

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