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1st December 2017     SUPPORT AND SAFETY HUBS STATEWIDE CONCEPT PAPER
by NIFVs

Support and Safety Hubs Statewide Concept Paper


The Statewide Concept for Support and Safety Hubs, was released  recently by the Victorian Government. The Concept outlines design features of the Hubs, including access pathways and key functions.

The next stage will be the development of the practice framework, operational model and management and government structures. These will be informed by statewide and local co-design.

 A local Hub establishment group will be developed in the coming month to establish a launch site in the North-East Melbourne area. more more

29th November 2017     AHURI NATIONAL HOUSING CONFERENCE 2017 PROGRAM
by AHURI

National Housing Conference 2017 program released

AHURI are thrilled to announce that the much anticipated National Housing Conference 2017 program is now available. With more than 1000 delegates and 150 speakers expected to participate in 35 sessions over three days, and with significant political will and public appetite for real reform, #NHCSydney is set to be the most significant Conference in many years. 

Early bird registration extended - to allow you extra time to examine the program they have extended the early bird registration rate by two weeks. Register by 11 August to save over $200.

The Conference will be held from November 29 to 1 December in Sydney. more

13th September 2017     VICTORIAN HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE 13 AND 14 SEPTEMBER 2017
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

This year's Victorian homelessness conference will have a dedicated youth homelessness stream alongside the generalist homelessness program. Subscribe to conference updates here.

This year the Family Reconciliation and Mediation Program (FRMP) Conference will run alongside the CHP conference. more

5th September 2017     SASHS OPEN HOUSE ORINTATION DATES
by Keith Hunte, SASHS

SASHS hosts an Open House Orientation on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 am – 12.00 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

· Morning tea more

27th August 2017     PETS IN THE PARK CLINICS: FREE VET SUPPORT FOR PETS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS
by Pets in the Park

The next Pets in the Park Clinic is on 28th May 2017. (See attached flyer for more information).

Pets in the Park looks forward to seeing their regular Pet loving owners and always welcome new faces.

Homelessness includes, rough sleeping, couch surfing, Tenting or caravan, rooming or boarding house, refuge or domestic violence shelter, transitional housing.

Several of our Pet Owners referrals ( valid for 6 months) are out of date, so I shall be following up with referrers to complete a new one.

Please do not worry, no pet will be denied a service if the referral is out of date.  more

4th August 2017     ART EXHIBITION FOR NTH AND WEST MELBOURNE ACTION GROUP
by Nth and West Homelessness Group

The Nth & West Melb Homeless Action Group  are holding workshops leading up to an  art exhibition called "Different Voices - Common Goals" Our first workshop commences today! Just want to invite anyone living, working or has connections to Nth & West Melbourne to come by & contribute towards creating a mural in time for spring fling fest in Oct.

Attached the flyer - kindly pass-on to your networks. It's open to ANYONE - staff/clients/residents/business, etc - within nth & west melb. more

3rd August 2017     A FINANCIAL BLACK HOLE AWAITS ‘GENERATION RENT’ IN RETIREMENT
by Rob Burgess, The New Daily

The deterioration in wealth equality revealed in Tuesday’s HILDA survey should be seen as a crossroads in Australian history – either we continue down the road to inequality, or we fix the problem at its heart.

The highly respected survey showed a property-based class divide emerging due to plummeting home ownership rates in the under-40s.

That means a generation of renters will not accumulate wealth through the family home as their parents did.

That would not be a problem for ‘Generation Rent’ if, after a lifetime of renting, they could still afford a dignified retirement.

But unlike nations such as Germany and France, where renting is the norm, Australia has a welfare and retirement system still predicated on the idea of home ownership.

That’s a huge problem, because on present settings, couples or individuals who have not paid off homes by retirement will be much worse off than those who have.

Access to property ownership is no longer simply determined by hard work and enterprise – increasingly it is determined by the ‘bank of Mum and Dad’ helping the younger generation with a deposit.

A nation that once encouraged its young adults to be economically independent has, through cynical wealth-redistributing policies, forced them back into being dependent on their asset-rich parents – if, that is, they are lucky enough to have them.

The Australian dream of owning a home outright in retirement is fading fast. 
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2nd August 2017     CALL FOR 100,000 SOCIAL HOUSING BOOST ACROSS AUSTRALIA TO HELP PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
by Council to Homeless Persons

If we’re going to end the housing crisis, we need 100,000 new public and community housing properties targeted to low income earners over the next five years. 30,000 of those properties would be allocated for Victoria, to move the thousands of people off waiting lists into a safe, permanent home. 

There are more than 35,000 people on the Victorian Housing Register awaiting public housing. Private rental is at its lowest rate of affordability ever.  Less than 2% of private rental in Melbourne's north and west is considered affordable for people on low incomes.

Homelessness services in Melbourne's north and west supported nearly 30,000 households in 2015/16, all seeking homelessness support and accommodation.

You can support the call for 100K Homes by signing the petition at  www.endthehousingcrisis.org.au

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1st August 2017     AUSTRALIA POST FREE 12 MONTH REDIRECTION OF MAIL SERVICE
by Australia Post

Australia Post supports victims of family violence  
Australia Post are providing a free 12 month mail redirection service to support victims of family violence. In terms of eligibility, either a letter from a support agency (on their letterhead) verifying  that the client has satisfied the agency's criteria for experiencing family violence, an intervention order or a statutory declaration from the police will be required   more

1st August 2017     SPECIALIST HOMELESSNESS SECTOR TRAINING CALENDAR AUGUST - DECEMBER 2017
by Wodonga Tafe

Attached is the link to the Specialist Homelessness Sector Calendar Semester 2, 2017.

https://www.wodongatafe.edu.au/Portals/10/About%20Us/Publications/2643_CSH_A4%20Training%20calendar_270717.pdf?ver=2017-07-31-083645-073

More workshops may be offered during the semester. Please refer to the website for the latest course offerings.

All training is open to HSO staff.

All workshops are held from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in the Melbourne CBD unless otherwise stated.

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1st August 2017     VICTORIAN HOMELESSNESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2017
by Council to homeless persons

5 days left to nominate a person, program or organisation in the Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards. Please nominate people by Friday 4th August         

With seven categories, you're sure to know someone who deserves an award, or a program or organisation that fits the bill:
 
Excellence in ending homelessness – Children and families

Excellence in ending homelessness – Young people

Excellence in ending homelessness – Adults

Excellence in ending homelessness – Diverse groups

The leading practitioner award

The consumer achievement award

The Beth Thomson lifetime achievement award

  The Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards: celebrating the exceptional efforts of workers, consumers and organisations in ending homelessness. more

1st August 2017     WALK IN MY SHOES TOURS
by Council for homeless persons

As part of Homelessness Week the Council for Homeless Persons are  organising a couple of PESP Walk in My Shoes Tours (Tues 8th & Wed 9th) that are open to the public.

Please see flier attached, or here. I encourage you to circulate the info below to your networks. People from all sorts of backgrounds would find this activity of interest and benefit – local Government, community services, allied health, Centrelink, Department, Universities etc. more

1st August 2017     BRIMBANK FAMILY AND CHILDRENS NEWSLETTER
by Celia Chang

Below is the link to the  Brimbank Family and Children’s Newsletter for week of 17 July 2017.

https://outlook.live.com/owa/?path=/attachmentlightbox

 

 

 

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21st July 2017     STREATS NEXT MAIN COUSE TRAINING PROGRAMME
by Streats

Streat's Course for Young Adults includes:

  • Weekly work experience and mentoring in our cafes, kitchen and bakery alongside our hospitality professionals
  • Weekly classes toward a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery*
  • Professional and personal development workshops
  • Unique and exciting excursions
  • Individual support and referral assistance
  • Transition planning and employment opportunities... plus lots more!

When: 29th August - 20th December 2017
Where: 66 Cromwell St, Collingwood
Cost: $150 

Places are limited, so get in quick!
Applications close 22nd August

For more details, visit www.streat.com.au/youth-programs
or call Kirsten or Andrea on 9629 4222.
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21st July 2017     CARING DADS PROGRAM IN THE NORTH EAST
by Dr Paul Emerson Teusner

 
Caring Dads is a 17 week voluntary group work program for fathers who have perpetrated family violence.

The program is suited to fathers (including step-fathers) who live in the North East (Yarra, Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik, Whittlesea LGAs), are in contact with at least one child, where there are concerns about harsh or abusive parenting, including children’s exposure to family violence. Caring Dads is aimed at increasing the safety and wellbeing of children and mothers by assisting fathers to recognise the impact of their abuse on their families, stop that behaviour and improve their parenting.

Caring Dads (North East) will be commencing groups on Thursday 20th of July 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm at the CPS Heidelberg site (70 Altona Street, Heidelberg Heights) and Thursday 17th August, 11.30am-1.30pm at Neighbourhood Justice Centre (241 Wellington Street, Collingwood) and are open for referrals into these programs. Please see attached flyers and eligibility criteria - feel free to forward these on to your networks. 
 
If you can think of a father who you believe would benefit from this program, please contact the program Co-ordinator Monique Yeoman on 94500997 or 1300938790. 
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21st July 2017     PROMOTION OF SAFE SLEEPING ADVICE FOR HOMELESSNESS SECTOR
by Irene Tomasszewski Assistant Director Homelessness and Accommodation Support

Promotion of Safe Sleeping Advice for Homelessness Sector

The Commission for Children and Young People has recommended that homelessness services promote safe sleeping arrangements for infants, and the use of infant safe sleeping resources. This follows a recent child death inquiry and the tragic death of an infant. The purpose of child death inquiries is to promote continuous improvement in child protection and the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

The department is promoting the use of the following safe sleeping resources and information. Please share this advice with staff providing homelessness support to families and infants.

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21st July 2017     EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT MCM
by Melbourne City Mission

Melbourne City Mission are currently recruiting for two family violence youth practitioners to work across their Nth Fitzroy and Braybrook sites. If you are interested or would like to discuss the role the contact is Stacey Hill, Team Leader, on 0428 245 632

Specialist Family Violence Case Manager, Intensive Family Violence Support Program

·         2 x Fixed-term, Full-time opportunity

·         North Fitzroy/Braybrook location

http://www.melbournecitymission.org.au/about/careers/current-jobs/job/specialist-family-violence-case-manager-intensive-family-violence-support-program

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21st July 2017     WOMEN'S HEALTH WEST COMMUNITY EDUCATION SESSIONS
by Women's Health West

Women's Health West Integrated Family Violence Serivces is offering  community education sessions throughout 2017 for staff from across the community sector to attend.  

These sessions will provide our colleagues across the community sector an overview of the programs offered throughout the FVIS as well as referral pathways and eligibility criteria.  

The session will be held bi-monthly on 4th Tuesday, from May from 2pm-3:30pm at WHW Footscray office, 317-319 Barkly Street Footscray.

lease see attached flyer for further details.

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27th June 2017     RELEASE OF CENSUS DATA
by Australian Bureau of Statistics

The first and main release of the detailed data from 2016 Census will be released on 27 June 2017.

The June release will include national, state/territory and capital city data with most key person, family and dwelling characteristics, including age, sex, religion, language and income.

Community level Census data, including information on small population groups and for small geographic areas such as suburbs and Local Government Areas will also be available then. 27 June will also show us population growth for Australia and our states and territories when Rebased Estimated Resident Population is also released.

The ABS will build over 80,000 QuickStats to support each of these different areas, as well as over 30,000 different detailed Community Profile workbooks.

NB Unfortunately I think the homelessness data will not be included in the June release (Western Networker).  more

23rd June 2017     WHO’S RESPONSIBLE? HOUSING POLICY MISMATCHED TO OUR $6 TRILLION ASSET
by Prof J Dodson, S Sinclair and T Dalton in The Conversation

Does the Australian government have the policy, organisational and conceptual capacity to handle the country’s A$6 trillion housing stock? We ask this question in a newly released research report. The answer is critically important to both household opportunity and prosperity, and to the management of our largest national asset.

Australians’ wealth is overwhelmingly in our housing. As of late 2016, our housing stock was valued at $6 trillion. That’s nearly double the combined value of ASX capitalisation and superannuation funds.

The authors appraised the Henry Review of Taxation (2010), the National Housing Supply Council report series (2009-2013), the Productivity Commission inquiry into planning (2011), the COAG Report on Housing Supply and Affordability Reform (2012), the Financial System Inquiry (2014), the Federation Report on housing and homelessness (2014), and (albeit not a government report) the Senate Inquiry into housing affordability (2015). 

This report demonstrates weaknesses in Australia’s approach to housing and housing policymaking. There is evidence this is deliberate. For example, the Coalition members’ minority response to the 2015 Senate inquiry into affordable housing rejected almost all of its policy recommendations. Many of these would rectify some of the deficits we have identified.

The weak formal coordination in housing policy contrasts with other sectors such as energy, defence, biosecurity, disability, heritage, drugs and road safety, among others. 

The authors recommend that the Australian government reflects on the position of housing within the architecture of government. The $6 trillion national asset that housing represents deserves much better understanding of its dynamics and effects on the national economy, including productivity.

The authors argue that Australia needs a federal minister for housing, a dedicated housing portfolio, and an agency responsible for conceptualising and co-ordinating policy. The current fragmented, ad-hoc approach to housing policy seems poorly matched to the scale of the housing sector and its importance to Australia. more

Events

2017August
27 Pets in the Park Clinics: Free vet support for pets of people who are homeless
2017September
5 SASHS Open House Orintation dates
13 Victorian Homelessness Conference 13 and 14 September 2017
2017November
29 AHURI National Housing Conference 2017 Program