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London Homelessness Social Impact Bond: Qualitative Evaluation
2nd January 2015

The London Homelessness Social Impact Bond (‘the SIB’) was launched in November 2012. It was designed to bring new finance and new ways of working to improve the outcomes for a cohort of rough sleepers whose needs were not being met by existing services and who were not being targeted by other interventions.

This is the first interim report from the qualitative evaluation. An economic impact evaluation is being undertaken internally at DCLG. The qualitative and impact strands will be brought together in a synthesis evaluation in 2016.

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Services Connect Progress Report
22nd December 2014
  by Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services has released the attached report on the progress of Services Connect implementation.

This follows the announcement of the eight new sites for Services Connect implementation across the State:

  • Hume Moreland Services Connect Partnership, led by Kildonan UnitingCare
  • Outer Eastern Melbourne Services Connect Partnership, led by Anglicare Victoria
  • Outer Gippsland Services Connect Partnership, led by Gippsland Lakes Community Health
  • Southern Melbourne Services Connect Partnership, led by Youth Support and Advocacy Service & Connections UnitingCare
  • Brimbank Melton Services Connect Partnership, led by MacKillop Family Services
  • Loddon Services Connect Partnership, led by Haven; Home, Safe
  • North East Melbourne Services Connect Partnership, led by the Children’s Protection Society and Berry Street
  • Barwon Services Connect Partnership, led by Glastonbury Community Services.

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Pamphlet: Information on Mental Health Community Support Services
18th December 2014
  by Mental Health Area Planner

The attached pamphlet outlines access to Mental Health Community Support Services in Melbourne's north and west.

Information Sheet: New access arrangements for Community Mental Health and AOD services in the West
17th December 2014
  by Sarah Langmore

The Department of Human Services recently re-commissioned the provision of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services (AOD) and Community Mental Health Services across Victoria. In both cases new service delivery models have been introduced.

The attached document provides a summary of the key changes. Access to both service system is now through centralised Intake and Assessment services.

Homelessness Services Guidelines and Conditions of Funding 2014
10th December 2014
  by Department of Human Services

The November 2014 "Asylum Seekers and Homelessness: Living in Limbo" edition of Parity‏
14th November 2014
  by Council to Homeless Persons

The Call for Contributions for the November 2014 "Asylum Seekers and Homelessness: Living in Limbo" edition of Parity.

AHURI Report: 30 years of public housing supply
11th November 2014
  by AHURI

No. 231: Thirty years of public housing supply and consumption: 1981–2011 [ 71% ]

This report provides data on some of the major changes in, and major issues around, the Australian public housing system over recent decades.

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The 9th edition of Good Practice: a statewide snapshot
20th October 2014
  by Department of Human Services

The publication describes innovative practice approaches and enables practitioners to share the complexity and depth of their work and inspire others in the field. It is also being used as a teaching resource for undergraduate social work and psychology students. The 2014 snapshot focuses on a number of key themes including: children and families living in rural Victoria; therapeutic interventions changing lives for children and families living with a disability; collaborating to address family violence and celebrating great outcomes in residential care.

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A journey home: what drives how long people are homeless?
16th October 2014
  by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

This paper uses survival analysis to model exits over time from two alternative notions of homelessness. We are unique in being able to account for time-invariant, unobserved heterogeneity. We find that duration dependence has an inverted U-shape with exit rates initially increasing (indicating positive duration dependence) and then falling. Like previous researchers, we find results consistent with negative duration dependence in models which ignore unobserved heterogeneity. Exit rates out of homelessness fall with age and with the education level of mothers. Women are more likely than men to exit homelessness when it is broadly conceived, but appear to be less likely to exit when it is narrowly defined. Finally, higher paternal education and exemptions from welfare-related activity requirements due to either mental or physical health conditions are all associated with higher exit rates.

Poverty in Australia 2014
16th October 2014
  by Australian Council of Social Services

This report argues that poverty is growing in Australia, with an estimated 2.5 million people or 13.9% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line.

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Housing assistance in Australia 2014
15th October 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents information on trends and issues in housing policy, housing affordability and housing assistance provided to populations with special needs.

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Strengths of Australian Aboriginal cultural practices in family life and child rearing
6th October 2014
  by Shaun Lohoar, Nick Butera, Edita Kennedy

This paper explores some of the characteristics of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices that contribute to effective family functioning, and how these practices can have positive effects on children and communities. The approach is to gather the views of Aboriginal families and compare these perspectives with supporting evidence drawn from the literature. The findings suggest that, provided the necessary social conditions are in place, culture can be a protective force for children, families and communities.

Break the Silence Report
6th October 2014
  by InTouch

Over the last three years InTouch have been working with the Croatian, Indian, Sudanese and Vietnamese communities to raise awareness on gender equality and respectful relationships. Together with the facilitators and task force committee members they have engaged members of the respective communities through various activities and would like to share their findings and experiences.

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Addressing spatial concentrations of social disadvantage
6th October 2014
  by AHURI

This Multi-Year Research Project (MYRP) is focussing on the role of housing policies and programs in meeting the challenges presented by spatial concentrations of disadvantage.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/myrp704

Social housing exits: analysing incidence, motivations and consequences
6th October 2014
  by AHURI

This project explored the factors influencing tenant choices to remain in or depart from public housing. The research found that a small but significant cohort of social housing tenants who are in paid employment and pay full market rent, would consider exiting the sector at their own initiative to become home owners, but not private renters.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p71026#sthash.vnCubcSi.dpuf

Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness: 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013
2nd October 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Examines the housing outcomes of over 94,000 clients in four groups known to be vulnerable to homelessness: those experiencing domestic and family violence, young people presenting alone, people with problematic drug and alcohol use, and those with a current mental health issue.

Hoarding Training Outline
22nd September 2014
  by Dr Chris Mogan

Hoarding Training Program outline for upcoming training to be run by CoHealth

Information on Mental Health Community Services Sectorþ
22nd September 2014
  by Neami National

Information on Victoria's new Intake and Assessment Service for the Mental Health Service System

Marginal rental housing and marginal renters: a typology for policy
18th September 2014
  by AHURI

Increased demand from students, retirees and families excluded from private rental have put new pressures on marginal rental accommodation. However residents—especially those with high needs—remain vulnerable in this tenure and often experience poor management, lack of safety and low quality or expensive housing. Better regulation and governance of the sector, licensing of operators and effective outreach programs to relocate the most vulnerable to more secure accommodation are required to address these problems.

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Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multilevel analysis of area effects
18th September 2014
  by AHURI

A key assumption behind area-based policies such as urban renewal and 'tenure mix' is to foster greater 'social mix' of communities to offset adverse consequences of concentrations of social disadvantage. This project sought to use statistical techniques to identify whether concentrations of social housing, diverse tenure mix or type or density of dwellings has effects on social wellbeing.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p53001#sthash.7mBSb60I.dpuf

Emergency Relief Victoria Advocacy Toolkit
18th September 2014
  by ER Victoria

ER Victoria is the peak body for the Victorian emergency relief sector and aims to bring emergency relief agencies together, to support their work as providers, and to advocate on issues effecting disadvantaged people. The organisation works with government, industry, and community stakeholders who have a key relationship to the emergency relief sector. In late 2013 ER Vic worked with member agencies to develop a toolkit with information about advocacy and available resources to assist with advocating with or on behalf of clients who seek assistance for a range of issues. Whilst the toolkit has been designed to support those working in assisting clients with emergency relief, is also beneficial to those in casework and case management positions.

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The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001–11
18th September 2014
  by AHURI

This research project will examine the impact of housing and labour market factors, demographics and service availability on rates of homelessness across Australia over the past decade. It will propose ways that service provision, housing and labour market policy could be used to prevent or address homelessness.

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National and Statewide Helplines and Counselling Services
31st August 2014
  by Northern and Western Division Children’s Resource Program

This document provides a list of Helplines and Counselling Services that ae available nationally and statewide.

Marginal rental housing and marginal renters: a typology for policy
31st August 2014
  by AHURI

Increased demand from students, retirees and families excluded from private rental have put new pressures on marginal rental accommodation. However residents—especially those with high needs—remain vulnerable in this tenure and often experience poor management, lack of safety and low quality or expensive housing. Better regulation and governance of the sector, licensing of operators and effective outreach programs to relocate the most vulnerable to more secure accommodation are required to address these problems.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p30699

North & West LASN Consumer Feedback Working Group Minutes
28th August 2014
  by North & West LASN Consumer Feedback Working Group

Minutes from most recent North & West LASN Consumer Feedback Working Group meeting

Family Drug Support: Spring/Summer Meeting Timetable
25th August 2014
  by Family Drug Support

Spring and Summer Meeting timetable for the Stepping Forward Program and the Support Group meeting, run by Family Drug Support service

Victoria without poverty - VCOSS State election platform 2014
23rd August 2014
  by Victorian Council of Social Services

VCOSS has identified the top 12 ways we could build a Victoria without poverty in the next term of government. From helping every child succeed in education, to reducing housing costs, improving public transport access, reducing violence against women and their children, improving workforce participation, delivering energy efficient homes, reducing crime through justice reinvestment, delivering fair funding to community sector organisations for better services, developing a plan for social policy change and delivering better governance, these immediate priorities will build a Victoria without poverty.

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The ‘average’ Victorian private tenant
23rd August 2014
  by Tenants Union of Victoria

The TUV has analysed ABS Census data from 2011 and identified the "average‟ characteristics of tenants in the Victorian private rental market.ab The entire tenant population in Victoria is approximately 1.26 million people, roughly one million of which (83.3%) live in privately rented housing. Between 1981 and 2011, the number of Victorian households renting privately increased from approximately 228,700 to over 431,500 households (an increase of 89%). For the purposes of this analysis persons under the age of 15 living in households renting privately (approximately 213,000) have been excluded, reducing the sample population to approximately 842,000 tenants.

Wellbeing outcomes of lower income renters: a multilevel analysis of area effects
23rd August 2014
  by AHURI

A key assumption behind area-based policies such as urban renewal and 'tenure mix' is to foster greater 'social mix' of communities to offset adverse consequences of concentrations of social disadvantage. This project sought to use statistical techniques to identify whether concentrations of social housing, diverse tenure mix or type or density of dwellings has effects on social wellbeing.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p53001

Children who Bully at School
17th August 2014
  by Jodie Lodge - Australian Institute of Family Studies Child Family Community Australia

This paper focuses on children who bully at school, and specifically on the ways in which parenting and family functioning underpin a child’s bullying behaviour. New evidence for possible protective or intervening factors that may interrupt the developmental sequence of antisocial behaviour is summarised. Parental involvement in anti-bullying interventions is also considered. Finally, some promising approaches for working with children who bully are outlined.

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