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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.

VIDEO: ‘Its not just rough sleeping’
16th August 2014
  by Council to Homeless Persons and Concern Australia

CHP developed this video called ‘Its not just rough sleeping’ for Concern Australia. People interviewed are members of our Peer Education and Support Program.

Link to document: http://www.nwhn.net.auhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y3l4FjoBIk&feature=youtu.be

Homeless and connected: mobile phones and the Internet in the lives of homeless Australians
16th August 2014
  by Justine Humphry - Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

This project set out to research how a group of consumers – people experiencing homelessness – access and use mobile phones and the Internet (covering fixed and wireless Internet sources). The aim was to provide the evidence to inform the delivery of public services by community, welfare and government agencies to this group of consumers, and to develop and improve on telecommunications policies and initiatives that address the needs and challenges of consumers facing hardship, including homelessness.

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Health and the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women
14th August 2014
  by Australian Women’s Health Network

The paper has been developed as a resource for public education, debate and community activities related to the primary prevention of violence against women.Intimate partner violence is prevalent, serious and preventable; it is also a crime. Among the poor health outcomes for women who experience intimate partner violence are premature death and injury, poor mental health, habits which are harmful to health such as smoking, misuse of alcohol and non-prescription drugs, use of tranquilisers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants.

Addressing spatial concentrations of social disadvantage
14th August 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#sthash.8ZAGVRuZ.dpuf

Wellbeing outcomes of low-income renters: a multilevel analysis of area effects
14th 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#sthash.CNxgHVmm.dpuf

In the Public Eye Churchill Report
14th August 2014
  by Lucy Adams - Justice Connect

This Churchill Report by Homeless Law Manager Lucy Adams presents 10 recommendations for addressing the negative impact of laws regulating public space on people experiencing homelessness. 

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US Campaign urges everyone to rethink homelessness
3rd August 2014
  by Rethink Homelessness

A US campaign called Rethink Homelessness is aiming to bring homelessness back into the spotlight by revealing some surprising facts about the people who've found themselves in this difficult situation. Click on link below to see the short video they have made

Link to document: http://lifestyle.ninemsn.com.au/viralvideo/428802/campaign-urges-us-to-rethink-homelessness.glance

A strong future for young people leaving out-of-home care
3rd August 2014
  by Toni Beauchamp - Uniting Care Children, Young People and Families

UnitingCare Chidlren Young People and Famliies has conducted a review of Australian and international policy and program approaches relevant to improving outcomes for young people who are transitioning from OOHC to adulthood. This paper sets out the key learnings from this review. The paper focuses on the policy changes that are needed for young people who are transitioning from care across the leaving and aftercare phases. It includes a six-point plan to improve outcomes for young people who are transitioning from OOHC to adulthood. While the paper focuses particularly on the NSW policy context it will also have relevance to readers in other Australian states and territories.

Mid West Alliance presents: Shared Staff Orientation –Third Quarter 2014
3rd August 2014
  by Mid West Alliance

This orientation guide is for all new and current staff across the sectors who would like to know about different agencies and services within the mid west area. At each service visit, the host agency will describe the structure and function of their programs, how to refer, and client target group. If you would like to attend any of the sessions, please provide at least 2 days notice before attending by phoning or emailing the contact person (s). Don’t hesitate to use this time to make connections with others and promote your team’s hard efforts and achievements.

Homelessness among Indigenous Australians
26th July 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This paper presents information on the prevalence of homelessness among Indigenous Australians, the characteristics of Indigenous people who are homeless, and the use of specialist homelessness services by Indigenous people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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Housing circumstances of Indigenous households: tenure and overcrowding
26th July 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

In 2011, Indigenous households were about half as likely as other Australian households to own their home and more than 3 times as likely to be overcrowded, finds this report.

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Addressing spatial concentrations of social disadvantage
26th July 2014
  by AHURI

This Multi-Year Research Project (MYRP) will focus 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

Refugees, housing and social inclusion in Australia
26th July 2014
  by AHURI

This project looks at the housing careers of humanitarian refugees, looking at their access to suitable long term housing, and whether specialist housing and other services are successful in facilitating settlement.

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Financing and institutional arrangements for the provision of affordable rental housing in Australia
26th July 2014
  by AHURI

This Investigative Panel considered private financing models that can deliver additional supplies of quality, well located rental housing in areas of need that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households. This included provision initiated by both for–profit and not–for–profit providers, as well as cross sector partnerships.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p71016

Cost effectiveness and tenant outcomes in social housing
26th July 2014
  by AHURI

This research project will explore the cost of social housing management and its effectiveness for tenants. It will inform the modernisation of the social housing national performance assessment framework and consider how different public and community housing providers compare in terms of housing management inputs, services provided and tenant outcomes.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p71025

DVRCV Semester Two Training Calendar
26th July 2014
  by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Download Semester Two Training Calendar from Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

NWRCRP Homeless Children's Brokerage Program Guidlines
26th July 2014
  by NWRCRP

Download the guidelines for the NWRCRP Homeless Children's Brokerage Program.

Alcohol and Drug Treatment System Reform: Ministerial Communiqué Number 6
20th July 2014
  by Hon Mary Wooldridge MP: Minister for Mental Health

Communication from the State Minister regarding the completion of recommissioning of Adult Non-Residential Services.

Housing assistance for Indigenous Australians
16th July 2014
  by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Indigenous households were 6 times as likely as other Australian households to live in social housing, with an estimated 31% of Indigenous households living in such housing in 2013, this report finds.

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Cost effectiveness and tenant outcomes in social housing
12th July 2014
  by AHURI

This research project will explore the cost of social housing management and its effectiveness for tenants. It will inform the modernisation of the social housing national performance assessment framework and consider how different public and community housing providers compare in terms of housing management inputs, services provided and tenant outcomes.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p71025

Enhancing affordable housing investment via a social housing guarantee
12th July 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.The study involved a review of six international housing guarantee schemes, interviews with industry stakeholders and international experts and a Think Tank, which directly engaged key stakeholders in the Australian financial services and affordable rental sector.

Link to document: http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p53019

CHP Rooming House Project - The State of Rooming House Reform in Victoria
12th July 2014
  by Council to Homeless Persons

This project has reviewed the implementation of the rooming house reforms in order to identify areas for further work and improvement. The project involved legislative scan, consultation with consumers, service providers and peak bodies around Victoria to determine how legislative changes were made, enforced and compliance issues identified, as well as how the changes have impacted on people experiencing homelessness.

DVRCV Training Calendar Semester 2 2014‏
12th July 2014
  by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

DVRCV have released their training calendar for semester 2.

The Safe and Secure Guide
12th July 2014
  by Eastern Metropolitan Regional Family Violence Partnership and the Australian Childhood Foundation

The Safe and Secure Guide is a collaboration between the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Family Violence Partnership and the Australian Childhood Foundation. The Guide seeks to educate professionals in the family violence, family services, health and welfare sectors who work with children exposed to family violence.

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Joining Hands - Working more effectively with Indian women and families to effect change
12th July 2014
  by Women's Health West

The purpose of this resource is to assist police and support agencies working with Indian women and families by providing information about Indian culture and migration. The hope is that it will assist service providers to work more sensitively and communicate more effectively with Indian community members.

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