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15th February 2019     MOTELS AND MISERY
by Northern and Western Homelessness Networks

The Northern and West Homelessness Networks have launched "A Crisis in Crisis: the appalling state of emergency accommodation in Melbourne's north and west."   Many thanks to: Uncle Jack Charles, Mark O'Brien, George Hatvani and Kathy for launching the report with such passion and honesty. 

See the ABC news on the report at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-15/family-violence-victims-sent-to-unsafe-motels-in-housing-crisis/10793992 

and the article in The Age: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/no-more-referrals-to-dodgy-crisis-housing-warn-homelessness-services-20190214-p50xu7.html

If you would like to promote the report and you have social media:

  • Tweet including the #motelsandmisery hashtag
  • Follow the @western_network twitter account and RT any tweets from that account
  • Link to other hashtages: #EverybodysHome #springst #auspol #homelessness
  • Share the URLs above to any media coverage from The Age online and ABC online

Link to the report and the launch speeches at: http://www.nwhn.net.au/Crisis-in-Crisis.aspx

This report has been prepared by the Northern and Western Homelessness Networks in response to consumer feedback that highlights the crisis in crisis accommodation in Melbourne’s north and west. This report highlights the appalling conditions that people are required to live in while they wait for more secure accommodation to become available, if at all. more

5th February 2019     SASHS OPEN HOUSE
by SASHS Network

SASHS, which incorporates the homelessness access point for Brimbank and Melton and a range of homelessness support programs, hosts an Open House Orientation on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 am – 11.30 pm. The Open House Orientations provide information on the broad range of programs delivered across the SASHS Network.

The Open House Orientations are intended for:
• New and existing workers
• Students

The Open House Orientation includes the following:

• An overview of each program delivered at SASHS
• Program Resources
• Opportunities to ask questions
• Agency information sharing
• Morning tea

SASHS Open House dates for 2019:

• Tuesday 5th February 2019
• Tuesday 5th March 2019
• Tuesday 2nd April 2019
• Tuesday 7th May 2019
• Tuesday 4th June 2019
• Tuesday 2nd July 2019
• Tuesday 6th August 2019
• Tuesday 3rd September2019
• Tuesday 1st October 2019
• Tuesday 12th November 2019 (5th November is Melbourne Cup Day)
• Tuesday 3rd December 2019

To reserve a place email Keith at: keith.hunte@aus.salvationarmy.org

If you require any additional information please contact Keith Hunte on 9312 5799/0408 056 695. more

25th January 2019     CONNEXION: SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DUAL DIAGNOSIS
by Connexions

Connexions provides case work and/ or counselling support to complex young people (aged 16- 28) with a dual diagnosis who experience multiple barriers to accessing mainstream services. This support is highly flexible, and can include outreach and a long-term intervention, depending on the needs of the young person. Connexions has two sites servicing Melbourne- one in Collingwood which services the North, East and South, the other in Sunshine, which services the North West. Referrals can be sent to connexions@jss.org.au.

See attached intake form. more

25th January 2019     AFFORDABLE REMOVALIST
by Wombat Housing & Support Service

AMA Multiservices Pty Ltd, based in Werribee.
Charges are $70 per hour for 1 person or $90 an hour for 2 people. Contact: 0437 724 469 or 0481 288 759.

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25th January 2019     ‘CROWDING OUT’ EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY: THE CASE OF NEGATIVE GEARING
by Isla Pawson for the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Negative gearing is often cited as a tax concession that inequitably distorts rental housing markets. Yet despite concerns for housing affordability driving a wide array of voices calling for its reform in recent years, negative gearing has remained largely durable throughout. How can we account for the continued inclusion of negative gearing in Australia’s housing tax settings given the wealth of evidence that demonstrates its poor policy record?

It is now widely accepted that negative gearing, as it applies in housing, performs poorly on conventional tests of efficiency and equity. As a housing subsidy, negative gearing is entirely untargeted. While the rationale for negative gearing centres on the claim that it encourages housing investment, the vast bulk of rental property acquisition involves existing properties. In 2017, less than 10 per cent of investor property loans were for newly-built homes. The overwhelming impact of negative gearing is therefore to distort the market by inflating demand for a fixed supply of dwellings, with only a negligible contribution to new housing supply.

Moreover, negative gearing is a highly iniquitous way of supporting the housing market. According to research, those in wealthier occupations are much more likely to access the concessions offered by negative gearing than people on low-middle incomes. The overriding distributional impact of negative gearing is therefore an upward redistribution of income, compounding the regressive tendencies of Australia’s housing tax settings.

Negative gearing is also expensive. Together with associated Capital Gains Tax relief for rental investors, negative gearing costs Australian taxpayers nearly $12 billion per year. Its continued inclusion in the housing tax system sits uncomfortably alongside longstanding commitments to deficit reduction.

Click here for the full article: http://www.austaxpolicy.com/crowding-evidence-based-policy-case-negative-gearing/ more

25th January 2019     BRIMBANK FAMILIES AND CHILDREN'S NEWSLETTER
by The Smith Family

Please find attached a newsletter outlining the range of services and programs for families and children in Brimbank.  more

25th January 2019     MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2018 RESULTS
by Mission Australia

A record number of 28,286 young people between the ages of 15 to 19 from right across Australia took part in Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2018.

The results show that the number of young people reporting mental health as the most important issue in Australia today has risen by 10% in one year. Four in ten (43%) young people identified mental health as the top issue facing Australia today – up from 33% in 2017 and doubling since 2016.

This is the first time that mental health has topped the list of most important national issues in every state and territory, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

The top three personal concerns at the national level this year were coping with stress (43%), school or study problems (34%) and mental health (31%). In previous years, the third most cited item was body image (30%), which moved to the fourth spot in 2018. Each of the top four personal concerns have strong links to mental health.

The full report and state by state breakdowns are free to access here: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-impact-policy-advocacy/youth-survey and here https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/publications/research/young-people

Mission Australia's media release can be accessed here: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/news-blog/news-media/immediate-action-needed-as-concerns-around-mental-health-rise-by-10-in-one-year more

24th January 2019     ORGANISATIONAL READINESS: CHILD AND FAMILY VIOLENCE INFORMATION SHARING SCHEMES
by Victorian Government

Attached is a checklist for organisations to assist in managing the new Child and Family Violence Information Sharing Schemes. more

24th January 2019     NEW RESOURCE REGISTER CATEGORIES
by Western Homelessness Networker

DHHS has added several new categories of resources to the Resource Register including: head leasing and early intervention.

The Northern and Western Homelessness Networks will shortly be offering Resource Register training to specialist homelessness funded services. 

Contact Sarah, Western Homelessness Networker (sarah@wombat.org.au) or Meredith, Northern Homelessness Networker (meredith.gorman@launchhousing.org.au) for more information.  more

24th January 2019     ARDOCH SCHOOL COSTS GUIDE
by Ardoch School

The attached Ardoch School Costs Guide is intended to support parents, carers and those who care about children’s education and ensuring that they have everything they need to learn and
realise their potential. more

24th January 2019     MATERIAL AID GUIDE
by North and West Children's Resource Coordinators

See the attached guide to some material aid options in Melbourne. more

24th January 2019     HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN VICTORIA
by Dr Kate Raynor for the Parliament of Victoria

This paper has been produced for the Parliament of Victoria to outline the impact of a changing housing market is impacting on the way Victorians live. 

This paper provides insights into housing affordability and housing stress in Australia, and specifically in Victoria, over the last decade.

In particular:

  • Victoria's population is growing rapidly and is increasingly urbanised;
  • More people are renting;
  • Fewer young people are entering home ownership and they are doing it later;
  • Housing is becoming more unaffordable; and
  • More people are experiencing housing stress and taking on greater debt burdens.
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24th January 2019     WALK IN HER SHOES TOUR

The 'Walk in her Shoes' tours aim to provide participants with a sense of the experience of applying for an intervention order and the court process involved, including an understanding of the support services available at court. Tours are being offered at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and the Sunshine Magistrates' Court. Bookings are essential.

Melbourne Magistrates' Court dates:
5th Feb, 5th Mar, 9th Apr, 7th May, 4th Jun, 9th Jul, 8th Aug,
3rd Sep, 8th Oct, 12th Nov, 3rd Dec
Contact Emma Taylor on 9628 7774 or Emma.Taylor@courts.vic.gov.au

Sunshine Magistrates' Court dates:
15th Feb, 5th Apr, 21st Jun, 16th Aug, 25th Oct, 6th Dec
Contact Karen Field on 9300 6274 or karen.field@courts.vic.gov.au more

24th January 2019     NEW SPECIALIST HOMELESSNESS SERVICES TRAINING CALENDAR
by Wodonga TAFE

The new CHP/Wodonga Tafe training schedule for the homelessness sector has been released.

Here is a link to all new training courses/dates:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/wodonga-institute-of-tafe-2440708194 more

24th January 2019     FAMILY VIOLENCE AND CHILD INFORMATION SHARING SCHEMES – MARAM

Attached is a summary and update on the Family Violence and Child Information Sharing Schemes and on the Multi Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework. 

Specialist homelessness funded services defined  as “State-funded homelessness accommodation or homelessness support services (providing access point, outreach and accommodation services)” are listed under Phase 1, and therefore commenced as prescribed sector on 27 September 2018.  - https://www.vic.gov.au/infosharing/about-the-reforms.html

Phase 2 commences in 2020 and will incorporate:

  • Disability services,
  • Aged care services
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulance Vic
  • Midwives
  • Community health services,
  • Community housing associations
  • Allied health services
  • Schools
  • Early childhood services
  • Local councils.

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24th January 2019     HOARDING AND SQUALOR RESOURCES
by Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network

Below is a link to a hoarding and squalor resource put together by Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network. Their website, while focused on services in the east, has some useful information and links as well:
http://www.hoardingsqualormaroondah.org.au/ more

24th January 2019     PETS IN THE PARK CLINICS: FREE VET SUPPORT FOR PETS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS
by Pets in the Park

PITP is a charity run by volunteer vets and nurses. It receives no government funding and relies entirely on community donations to provide assistance to owners and their pets that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Pets in the Park has a new address for 2019 ( for the first three months).
1 Raleigh Street 
Middle Footscray.
The nearest Train Station is Middle Footscray.

The first clinic will be on 27th January 2019.

The first desexing clinic will be held on February 24th 2019.

PITP is a referral only service - in other words PITP is only able to help people who are currently receiving regular assistance from a case worker/support service.  Without a completed Ongoing Referral Form  PITP is unable to provide assistance. Referral Forms will need to be obtained every 6 months to be eligible for long term assistance from PITP.

See attached referral form and below for referral information. Pets in the Park look forward to meeting new pet owners with their furry friends in 2019! 

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24th January 2019     HOMELESS 'EMERGENCY': 40% OF THOSE NEEDING HELP HOUSING TURNED AWAY
by Sydney Morning Herald, reported by Council to Homeless Persons

Almost 40 per cent of people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in Victoria were refused when seeking help last year, as the state’s social housing shortage grew more acute.

New figures reveal the Andrews government failed to increase the size of Victoria’s social housing stocks in its first term, instead overseeing a small decline in the amount of social housing across the state.

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services, published on Tuesday, reveals that Victoria has the second worst record in the country for failing to meet the housing needs of vulnerable people, behind NSW.

It also reveals that the state went backwards in tackling the problem during Labor’s first term.

Click here for the full article: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/homeless-emergency-40-percent-of-those-needing-housing-help-turned-away-20190122-p50sy9.html?csp=2b987c428f642d2625ad6c56f35adecf more

24th January 2019     RESOURCES FOR LGBTI PEOPLE
by LGBTI Homelessness and Family Violence Project Worker

This website is a great resource for LGBTI clients and also has information for service providers. Links to LGBTI housing, such as the Queer Housing Melbourne Facebook group, can be found at the bottom of this page. 

http://www.lgbtihomeless.org.au/resources/for-lgbti-people/ more

24th January 2019     680 NEW RENTAL PROPERTIES THROUGH NEW RENTAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
by Victorian Government

Acting Minister for Housing, Lily D’Ambrosio has announced that 680 new rental properties would be the first project delivered as part of the $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund – which will add at least 2,200 new social housing properties across the State over the next five years.

Under the Fund’s New Rental Development Program, 680 rental properties will be leased from the private sector by experienced housing agencies this year, to increase the availability of social housing rental stock and facilitate investment in new social housing for the rental market.

Common Equity Housing, Haven Home Safe, Housing Choices and Housing First have been chosen as the successful agencies that will deliver the first round of the New Rentals Development Project. more

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