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11th November 2019     SUPPORT THE #HOMELESSTRUTHS CAMPAIGN
by Western Homelessness Networker

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria released information about the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of a broader campaign focussed on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit). more

11th November 2019     SUPPORT THE HOMELESSTRUTHS CAMPAIGN

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria launched a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of a broader campaign focussed on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

10th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES SHARING HOMELESS TRUTHS ON WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit). more

10th October 2019     SUPPORT THE HOMELESSTRUTHS CAMPAIGN
by Western Homelessness Networker

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria launched a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of a broader campaign focussed on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family (click here for an email template)

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles (see also attached)

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).

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10th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES PROMOTING: WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER - #HOMELESSTRUTHS
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

8th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES PROMOTING: WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER - #HOMELESSTRUTHS
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

8th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES PROMOTING: WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

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3rd June 2019     COURTNEY HERRON WAS NOT A STATISTIC, BUT A PERSON
by Melanie Raymond in The Age

Young people represent roughly half of all people facing homelessness in Australia. Courtney Herron, at 25, was one of them. Courtney, the young woman found dead in Royal Park on Saturday morning, was not a statistic, but a person, described with affection and love.

The average person seeking assistance for homelessness is most likely to be a 25- to 34-year-old woman, often with children in tow, and often escaping family violence.

But when they do seek help, it doesn’t happen. Every night half of all women across Australia who seek a bed in a crisis shelter are turned away from services, such is the crisis in housing. More than 80,000 Victorians are on the social housing waiting list.

Women who are sleeping rough face impossible choices. Fleeing conflict and abuse at home, they again face the risk of assault on the street or in the substandard and violent rooming houses and emergency accommodation to which they may be sent. The harsh experience of such places and low prospects of being offered secure housing means some believe the street is the safer option. Forming a new relationship on the street can mean they are protected from other men, but the man they are with can also be abusive and controlling.

Locking young people out of both affordable rent and the hope of home ownership, maintaining starvation-level Newstart payments, alongside a limited job market and access to jobs for youth in our poorer outer suburbs will continue to leave young people highly vulnerable to homelessness and related problems. Tonight the safety of thousands of Australians who are homeless will remain at risk while trying to sleep in the cold and just make it safely through another night.

Click here for the full article.  more

2nd June 2019     MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR HOMELESS
by The Age

It’s simply not acceptable that homelessness is rising in a nation so prosperous. We don’t lack the wealth. We know which policies work best to simultaneously deal with homelessness and some of its key causes – particularly mental illness, family violence and substance misuse.

We know from international experience that the most cost-effective way to solve homelessness is to give the chronically homeless a home. We see the daily evidence of the suffering and despair caused by having no safe place to live. We know that this is not an abstract reality – these are people in our communities, families and localities.

The federal government made headway 10 years ago, fuelled by the $6.1 billion worth of affordable housing built as part of the economic stimulus under Kevin Rudd. Thousands of community housing units came on the market – but then the funding dried up, even as the demand escalated.

In the past 15 years, the proportion of homeless people living in capital cities has surged from 48 per cent to 63 per cent, according to analysis for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Click here for the full article: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-needs-to-be-done-for-homeless-20190531-p51td0.html more

2nd June 2019     NDIS AND HOMELESSNESS PRACTICE GUIDELINES
by DHHS

In response to the roll out of the NDIS in Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has developed practice guidelines for specialist homelessness services to assist them in working with current or prospective NDIS participants who may be at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

The practice guidelines outline the roles and responsibilities of homelessness services whose clients are either current or prospective NDIS participants. The guidelines were developed in consultation with the homelessness sector, NDIS providers and NDIA.

A copy of the practice guidelines is attached and will also be available via the DHHS Service Providers website:https://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/practice-guidelines-ndis-and-mainstream-services

The department is currently working on a one-page summary document of the guidelines which can be used as a quick reference guide for homelessness services. 

If you have any queries in relation to these practice guidelines, please contact Brittany Clark, Project Officer on 9096 1089 or brittany.clark@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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2nd June 2019     NEW ZEALAND WELLBEING BUDGET PROMISES BILLIONS TO CARE FOR MOST VULNERABLE
by Eleanor Ainge Roy in The Guardian

Widespread praise for ‘world-first’ budget tackling mental illness, family violence and child poverty.

New Zealand’s Labour coalition government has unveiled its “world-first” wellbeing budget, to widespread praise from social agencies charged with looking after the country’s most vulnerable people.

The finance minister, Grant Robertson, unveiled billions for mental health services and child poverty as well as record investment in measures to tackle family violence.

lthough comparable countries such as the UK have begun to measure the national rate of wellbeing, New Zealand is the first western country to design its entire budget based on wellbeing priorities and instruct its ministries to design policies to improve wellbeing.

Click here for a link to the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/30/new-zealand-wellbeing-budget-jacinda-ardern-unveils-billions-to-care-for-most-vulnerable more

2nd June 2019     HOMELESSNESS SOARS IN OUR BIGGEST CITIES, DRIVEN BY RISING INEQUALITY SINCE 2001
by The Conversation

Homelessness has increased greatly in Australian capital cities since 2001. Almost two-thirds of people experiencing homelessness are in these cities, with much of the growth associated with severely crowded dwellings and rough sleeping. 

Homelessness in major cities, especially severe crowding, has risen disproportionately in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing and higher median rents. Severe crowding is also strongly associated with weak labour markets and poorer areas with a high proportion of males. 

These are some of the key findings of Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research released on 30 May. 

Click here for a link to the full article.  more

2nd June 2019     NOT JUST PERSONAL CHOICES: OLDER WOMEN AND HOMELESSNESS
by Felicity Reynolds in SBS Insight

All Australian States once had a commitment to ensuring that all citizens, regardless of income, had access to adequate affordable housing. The post war housing commission building booms in every State were testament to this commitment.

In recent decades, disinvestment in public housing has seen this option move from a dignified housing opportunity for those on low incomes to a largely unobtainable one. Reduced stock, tighter targeting and long waiting periods are the main culprits.

The current cohort of women aged over 65 grew up in a different Australia. An Australia where single women, even if paid enough, often couldn’t get a home loan. An Australia that until the 1970s insisted some women in some job categories resign their position upon marriage.

There was also no superannuation guarantee. It sounds ridiculous now, but all this (and more) very slowly created a lifetime of discriminatory disadvantage for those women. 

It should be troubling to us all that that too many of the women who cared for their elderly parents, the women who gave birth to the next generation and the women who worked their whole lives until an accident, trauma or illness made them unemployed, are now living ‘on the edge’ and unable to find appropriate permanent affordable housing. 

Click here for the full article.  more

2nd June 2019     ADVERTISEMENT FOR SINGLE BED IN A HALLWAY SHOWS JUST HOW DIRE AUSTRALIA’S HOUSING CRISIS HAS BECOME
by Cait Kelly in The New Daily

Australia’s housing crisis has again been thrown into the spotlight after an advertisement for a single bed in a hallway was posted on Gumtree.

The post advertised the single bed in a two-bedroom North Hobart house, which is already occupied by a couple and two boys, for $75 a week.

“We are looking for someone who is interested to stay in the hall and a single bed is there for use,” stated the advertisement, which has since been taken down.

Affordable housing advocates have warned that the ad is indicative of a larger housing crisis forcing people to live in overcrowded dwellings.

University of New South Wales’ industrial design program director Dr Christian Tietz said ads for overcrowded houses can be found across Australia.

It’s not just rooms that people are sharing either, Tenants Union of NSW senior policy adviser Leo Patterson Ross said.

“It’s called hot bedding, and you get the bed from 6am to 10pm and then you have to clear out,” he said. “They clean the sheets and then someone else comes in.”

Click here for the full article.  more

2nd June 2019     WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN MY YEAR REPORTING ON IT
by Jess Hill in The Guardian

When I started researching domestic violence last year, I thought I basically understood it. Some men, driven to distress by things such as unemployment, substance abuse or mental illness, were unable to control their anger, and took it out on the person they loved the most. We’ve all said and done things we’re not proud of in relationships – I thought domestic violence was just the extreme extension of that.

It took about two weeks for that notion to be demolished. Dozens of conversations with survivors and advocates revealed a very different reality, and understanding it was like being given the key to a secret room. Domestic violence is not driven by anger, first and foremost. It’s driven by a need for – and a sense of entitlement to – power and control.

It doesn’t make sense that even women who are smart and independent will stay with a man who treats them like dirt. It doesn’t make sense that even after fleeing, a woman is likely to return to that man six times on average – “it mustn’t be that bad”, people say. It doesn’t make sense that someone you know to be a good bloke could be going home to hold a knife to his wife’s throat. None of it makes sense.

But the more you learn about the nature of domestic violence, the more sense you can make of it. For me, a big penny-dropping moment was reading Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman’s landmark book on understanding psychological trauma. In it, she equates the experiences of domestic violence victims to those of prisoners of war. In both situations, establishing control over the other person is achieved through the “systematic, repetitive infliction of psychological trauma” designed to instill fear and helplessness.

Click here for the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/11/most-people-dont-get-domestic-violence-because-it-doesnt-make-sense more

2nd June 2019     'I'M NOT LIVING, I'M EXISTING': NO EASY FIX FOR ROOMING HOUSES
by Miki Perkins in The Age

Barry’s* life wasn’t always like this. He worked for years in a well-paid role as an account manager with Telstra and had a mortgage on the house where he lived.

But when he was “restructured” out of a job Barry couldn’t meet his mortgage repayments and life has felt like a downhill slide ever since. The bank foreclosed on his house, he moved from one crummy private rental to the next and ended up sleeping on a bench on Swanston Street.

Now Barry's home is a tiny room - one of 14 -  at the rear of a dilapidated weatherboard rooming house in Melbourne's north. His possessions are stacked so high it’s difficult to get through the door. The roof leaks over his bed and the lock is broken.

The house's volatile and intimidating landlord has made Barry’s life a misery - including throwing his possessions into a skip and assaulting him - and for all of this, Barry pays $200 a week in rent.

Three years ago the government introduced minimum standards in rooming houses, including that operators must apply for a licence and follow standards of hygiene, safety and security.

But the reality is that many remain decrepit and hazardous environments that damage the physical and mental health of the residents.

Click here for the full article.  more

16th May 2019     CAN THE POPULARITY OF TINY HOMES PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR OLDER WOMEN FACING HOMELESSNESS?
by Melissa Martin, ABC News

The number of women over the age of 55 experiencing housing stress and homelessness is rising in Australia, but the increasing interest in tiny homes may provide a viable solution for these women.

The quirky, transportable homes have become the darling of the reality TV scene, and social media groups sharing ideas and tips for tiny homes boast tens of thousands of followers.

Now moves are afoot on the NSW mid-north coast to establish a tiny home village, specifically for older women.

Click here for the full article.  more

15th May 2019     CHANGES TO ALLOCATIONS TO SOUTHBANK AND LAUNCH HOUSING EAST ST KILDA
by Launch Housing

Please find attached communication for homelessness agencies re allocations to Launch Housing Southbank and Launch Housing East St Kilda. more

17th April 2019     VICTORIAN HOMELESSNESS MEDIA AWARDS - APPLICATIONS OPEN 22 APRIL 2019!
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

Stories told by writers and reporters are vital in changing perceptions of homelessness, and enhancing understanding of the causes and solutions.

The Victorian Homelessness Media Awards recognise and encourage outstanding, responsive and respectful reporting in relation to homelessness.

Stories published or broadcast during the 2018-19 period are eligible for entry. Applicants have the chance to share in a $6500 prize pool.

Entries will be judged on their originality, the quality of journalism, ethical and respectful portrayals of people experiencing homelessness, the ability to enhance understanding of the structural causes of homelessness and, if relevant, the solutions. Judges will also be interested in examination of how homelessness intersects with other social issues such as gender, mental health, affordable housing, the justice system and family violence.

Click here for more information: www.chp.org.au/media-awards more

17th April 2019     'FINDING A HOME IN VICTORIA' IN ENGLISH, ARABIC AND DARI
by Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

Last year, at the request of DHHS, the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health developed a resource for newly-arrived Syrian and Iraqi communities in the north about accessing community services.

During the focus group consultation, finding a home came up as a constant concern, and it was clear that people were not aware of services, translated resources and options available to them. Subsequently, the Department commissioned the Centre to develop a resource specifically about housing, which has been translated in Arabic and Dari.

The Finding a home in Victoria resource is now available online. You can find the English, Arabic and Dari versions on the Health Translations Directory here or by copying this address:
http://healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcht.nsf/PresentDetail?Open&s=Finding_a_home_in_Victoria. more

30th March 2019     "APPALLING, EXTREMELY UNSAFE' MOTELS POCKET MILLIONS FROM HOMELESS, FAMILY VIOLENCE VICTIMS
by James Hancock, ABC News

Women and children fleeing family violence are being sent to filthy and unsafe motels because of a severe shortage in emergency accommodation, according to an alarming new report.

The "Crisis In Crisis" report by North and West Homelessness Networks found millions of taxpayer dollars are being paid each year to so-called "slum landlords" running the budget motels.

The problem is not unique to Victoria, however, with Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data showing 11,600 Australians who sought emergency accommodation in 2016-17 ending up in motels and rooming houses.

Click here for the full report: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-15/family-violence-victims-sent-to-unsafe-motels-in-housing-crisis/10793992 more

30th March 2019     NO MORE REFERRALS TO DODGY CRISIS HOUSING, WARN HOMELESSNESS SERVICES
by Miki Perkins in The Age

Miki Perkins reports on the launch of the Northern and Western Homelessness Networks' report, Crisis in Crisis:

Services were “drawing a line in the sand”, said Zoe Vale, a representative of the North and Western Homelessness Networks, and a senior manager in the homelessness sector.

“Yes, there is a risk that we would be turning people away without assistance, which is not something we do lightly,” Ms Vale said. “[But] we’re not funded to create harm, we’re funded to help people. What we’re saying is that we need to stop doing this."

or the first time, these services have revealed the financial cost to taxpayers of putting vulnerable people in substandard crisis accommodation.

More than $2.5 million in public funds was spent by services in Melbourne’s north and west to house 9000 households in substandard temporary accommodation last year, according to the report. This was a 500 per cent increase since 2011.

Across Victoria, there are only 423 government-funded crisis beds. To make up the significant shortfall in accommodation, homelessness services are forced to purchase rooms in low-end hotels and private room houses. more

30th March 2019     ONE MILLION SOCIAL AND AFFORDABLE HOMES NEEDED TO COMBAT RENTAL STRESS
by Luke Michael in Pro Bono

NSW City Futures Research Centre’s latest report said the number of Australians in rental stress – paying more than a third of their income on rent – meant there was a need for an extra 728,600 social housing properties and 295,000 affordable rental homes by 2036.

The research showed it would cost governments $8.6 billion a year to deliver these properties working with the not-for-profit sector, which is $3 billion a year less than current negative gearing and capital gains tax subsidies.

Lead researcher Laurence Troy said to cover the backlog of unmet need and future need over the next 20 years, two in 10 new homes would need to be social housing while a further one in 10 would need to be affordable rental homes.

“Our analysis shows that the sheer number of households in rental stress across the country means that if we’re going to meet the need, at least 12 per cent of all our housing by 2036 will need to be social and affordable housing… a very reasonable ambition in global terms,” Troy said.

Click here for the full article: https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2019/03/one-million-social-affordable-homes-needed-combat-rental-stress/ more

30th March 2019     PRACTICE GUIDE: CREATING POSITIVE SOCIAL CLIMATES AND HOME-LIKE ENVIRONMENTS IN THERAPEUTIC CARE.
by Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care

This new Practice Guide Creating identifies strategies for creating positive social climates and  home-like environments in therapeutic care for children and young people. more

30th March 2019     GUIDE TO FOOD BANKS AND OTHER FOOD SERVICES
by City of Melbourne

The attached guide provides information on food banks and a range of other food services across Melbourne's inner city suburbs.  more

30th March 2019     EMERGING MINDS: TRAINING AND RESOURCES
by National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health

Emerging Minds is a new federally funded project to take an Early Intervention and Prevention focus which aims to build workforce capacity to better support children and parents/carers and improve mental health outcomes of children aged 0 – 12 years.

Emerging Minds offers a range of online and face to face courses (see attached list).  Staff are available to help agencies work on their policies and practices in relation to working with children.

To find out more visit the Centre’s national web hub at www.emergingminds.com.au for access to innovative online training and resources, implementation and practice support tools, the latest industry news or to subscribe to our newsletter.. Alternatively you can contact your local Child Mental Health Workforce Consultants Angela Scuderi at scuderia@emergingminds.com.au or Courtney Schuurman at schuurmanc@emergingminds.com.au more

30th March 2019     GREENLIGHT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM
by Greenlight Partnership

GreenLight Supportive Housing Program,  is a new 2 year state funded initiative, assisting people transitioning from homelessness to long-term housing in the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra and City of Port Philip (either residing in, or having links to services in this area).

People can also be referred by housing providers where the person is in appropriate housing, their tenancy is less than 12 months and tenancy risks have been identified. The GreenLight Housing Support Program prioritises tenancy advocacy and care coordination/collaboration.

Greenlight believe that this approach to housing settlement support will lead to greater outcomes for the people we work alongside. Please see attached brochures for further information about the program, support available and agencies delivering GreenLight support.

Please note that GreenLight will only take on referrals when there is an identified long-term housing option that has been offered and accepted by the client. more

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     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     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

5th November 2018     NEW HOMELESSNESS FACT SHEETS
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

What are the leading causes of homelessness in Australia?
How much has homelessness among over 55's grown in a decade?
What's the most common type of homelessness?


CHP has updated homelessness fact sheets available, incorporating the latest data from the 2016 Census and the AIHW SHS Collection. 

Get them here:
Homelessness in Australia
Homelessness in Victoria
Homelessness and Older Australians 

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11th October 2018     SHADOW FEDERAL MINISTER FOR HOUSING PROMOTES INCLUSIONARY ZONING
by Western Homelessness Networker

Senator the Hon Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing, outlined yesterday Labor's housing policy for the forthcoming Federal election. Senator Cameron was speaking at a consulation on women, housing and homelessness, organised by Ged Kearney MP, Member for Cooper. 

Senator Cameron strongly endorsed the mandating of inclusionary zoning in new private developments, citing inclusionary zoning rates as high as 50% in London.  Senator Cameron also identified that the Labor Government will be focussing on the creation of housing options for older women and for young people leaving care. 

He also promoted an end to negative gearing and capital gains tax, a uniform vacancy tax, improved planning arrangements, support for the bond aggregator, with the additional of payments to address the gap between the development of community housing and the rent that someone in receipt of Centrelink payments can pay. 

Senator Cameron also identified that, if elected, the Labor Government would re-establish the Housing Supply Council and a National homelessness peak body.  more

11th October 2018     50 LIVES 50 HOMES HOUSING FIRST PROJECT
by Australian Policy Online

The 50 Lives 50 Homes project (hereafter referred to as 50 Lives) is a Housing First and collective impact response to ending homelessness in Perth, and the first of its kind in Western Australia. The project commenced in 2015 and takes a collaborative approach to house and provide support for Perth’s most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.

This second evaluation report describes the progress to date of the 50 Lives project in relation to housing and supporting vulnerable rough sleepers.

Click here for a link to the article and report more

8th August 2018     HOMELESSNESS WEEK STALL IN NORTHERN HOSPITAL
by Northern Homelessness Networker

The DPV Health Homelessness Team, with support from Whittlesea Community Connections and Have Home Safe Preston, have run an information stall at Northern Hall all week.

The stall will be open until 4pm on Friday 9 August. more

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

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     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

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.

  more

6th March 2017     STATE GOVERNMENT RELEASES AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY
by Western Homelessness Networker

On 6 March The State Government released Homes for Victorians, its Affordable Housing Plan. This exciting document includes new policy such as:

  • A small inclusionary zoning pilot
  • Facilitating the build of 50,000 new homes a year
  • Growing social housing
  • Establishing a Vacancy tax
  • Abolishing stamp duty for new first time buyers
  • Doubling the first home owner grant in regional Victoria
  • Creating the opportunity for first home buyers to co-purchase a property with the Victorian Government
  • Improving stability for renters
more

16th December 2016     HELP FOR HOMELESSNESS FALLS SHORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE
by Anglicare Vic

The state government's $109 million plan to attack homelessness is a welcome initiative, particularly for the adult homeless, but it has a big blind spot. It fails to hit the target on the most tragic, yet most easily fixed aspect of youth homelessness.

In the past year more thanover 20,000 young people sought assistance from Victorian homeless services. Young people with backgrounds of state care feature the most heavily in these statistics. According to Swinburne University's national youth homeless survey, more than 60 per cent of homeless young people are from a background of out-of-home care. A further 35 per cent will have five or more places of abode within the first 12 months of exiting state care.
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/help-for-our-homeless-falls-short-20161113-gso406.html more

16th December 2016     STATE GOVERNMENT RELEASES 10 YEAR PLAN TO END FAMILY VIOLENCE
by Western Homelessness Network Coordinator

The State Government has released: Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change. The Plan outlines how the Government will deliver thee recommendations of the Royal Commission in to Family Violence to build a future where all Victorians live free from family violence, and where women and men are treated equally and respectfully. The Plan was recommended by the Royal Commission. It is focused on outcomes. It makes clear our resolute determination to end the murders and keep our children safe, to support victim survivors and stop them falling into homelessness, to build strong and resilient families, and ensure perpetrators are.

Click here for a link to the Plan.

You can monitor the progress of implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations at: http://www.vic.gov.au/familyviolence.html more

6th November 2016     HOMELESSNESS SERVICES NEED ALTERNATE FUNDING TO MEET DEMAND
by Pro Bono

A study from the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact (CSI) found between 60.6 per cent and 84.6 per cent of the homelessness sector’s income came from government.

Lead author of the study and CSI director Professor Paul Flatau said the reliance on government funding made service providers vulnerable to changes in policy, funding cuts and financial constraints.

“In particular, current levels of funding are too low to fully meet the current needs of those experiencing homelessness and help homeless people find employment and access permanent housing,” Flatau said.

The study found only a minority of services were able to fully meet demands of their clients for access to permanent housing.

Flatau told Pro Bono Australia News the strain meant many service providers were already investigating alternative funding sources, to varying degrees of success. more

12th April 2016     $572M OVER TWO YEARS TO ENACT ROYAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
by Premier of Victoria

The State Government has allocated a $572 million statewide funding boost over two years in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget to respond to Royal Commission recommendations that must be done now – including more housing and crisis refuges, more counsellors, more prevention programs and more support for children who are victims of family violence.

This package begins to deliver 65 of the Royal Commission’s most urgent recommendations and is the first step in the long-term process to fix our broken system and change attitudes towards women.

The Labor Government’s family violence package, which puts victims at the heart of our reforms, includes:
• $152.5 million to begin a housing blitz to shelter more victims so they don’t have to choose between homelessness and returning to an abusive relationship. Work will commence on building and redeveloping family violence refuges, expanding crisis accommodation, and rapidly funding up to 130 new social housing homes. Victims will also be kept safe at home through innovative options such as help accessing the private rental market.

See the attached press release for further information. more

4th December 2015     FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FAMILY VIOLENCE FLEXIBLE SUPPORT PACKAGES
by Department Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government recently announced a boost for more practical support for those experiencing family violence, to help them leave a violent relationship and create a safer, more stable future.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said $12 million over four years will fund Flexible Support Packages to assist with expenses faced by those escaping family violence. more

4th December 2015     EXPERTS WARN AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE RENTAL AT CRISIS POINT
by Nine news

Soaring rents are driving struggling Australians to breaking point, with suburbs once considered to be inexpensive now out of reach for many potential tenants.

Australia's first Rental Affordability Index has revealed that those looking to find rental relief have to move even further than ever from capital cities.

Last year, an estimated 1.6 million Australians struggled to pay their rent.

It's no longer just those on low incomes who are struggling to make ends meet, but also middle income earners in the private rental market.


Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/02/20/02/experts-warn-australian-private-rental-market-at-crisis-point#dQDWWi5fQZJwYbo3.99
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4th December 2015     VICTORIA'S 10 YEAR MENTAL HEALTH PLAN
by DHHS/NIFVS

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley launched Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan.

The plan will guide investment and drive better mental health outcomes for Victorians, bringing together the ideas and insights you shared with us through the online consultation and forums.

http://www.nifvs.org.au/victorias-10-year-mental-health-plan-launched/ more

30th October 2015     ABORIGINAL RESOURCE GUIDE: WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION
by Western Homelessness Networker

Brimbank City Council, Victoria University and the Victorian Government have developed a very useful Resource Guide to Aboriginal services and programs in Melbourne's West.  

The Resource Guide can be accessed at:  https://www.vu.edu.au/industry-community/community-partnerships-engagement/indigenous-partnerships more

4th September 2015     WOMEN'S INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND HOUSING IN THE NORTH -WELL BEING PROGRAM
by Women's Information, Support and Housing In the North

Women’s Information, Support and Housing In the North (WISHIN) run a fortnightly
Women’s Well Being  on a Thursday. It is not a focused therapeutic program but engages a range of local female practitioners to share their skills and experience across a range of practices and activities to benefit the development of health and wellbeing. These practices include: mindfulness, guided meditations and relaxation practices, gentle-paced yoga, chi ball, qigong, sound healing and a range of creative arts and crafts. The sessions are free and generally start at 10.30 am and finish at 2.30 pm with a shared lunch provided.

Referrals and bookings are essential. Please call Karyn Down on 8692 2020  more

4th September 2015     PEOPLE SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH COMPLEX BEHAVIOURS (2 DAYS)
by Wodonga TAFE

The Specialist Homelessness Sector short course calendar, which is funded by the Department of Human Services and managed by Wodonga TAFE, has a number of courses that may be relevant to you.

People skills for working with complex behaviours (2 days) – LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 September 2015
Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders lane, Melbourne
Price $88

This workshop focuses on developing participants’ skills and abilities to engage with people who have complex needs and what are often referred to as ‘challenging behaviours’. This includes dealing with anger, grief and loss, and mental health issues (risk of suicide is also discussed). Training provides strategies, possible interventions, and new ways of looking at complex behaviours. The content of this training is appropriate for all SHS program types especially initial assessment and planning, case management services, youth, and transitional support.

Click on the link for further details and to secure your place: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/people-skills-for-working-with-complex-behaviours-2-days-tickets-1756

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4th September 2015     UNDER THE PUMP: THE PRESSURES ON YOUNG AUSTRALIANS
by John Cain Foundation

This new book takes a hard look at the big issues facing young people today. The John Cain Foundation commissioned a number of experts in issues affecting Australia’s youth – education and training, employment, housing and engagement in the political process. Their essays highlight the risks and challenges faced by young people today.

The book is now available in hard copy for $25
To order your copy email: secretary@johncainfoundation.com.au

This will shortly be available on line as an e-book for $10 more

24th July 2015     MINISTER MORRISON ACKNOWLEDGES HOUSING STRESS
by Pro Bono

Housing failures are at the centre of most social service challenges in Australia, the Federal Social Service Minister Scott Morrison warned in a speech in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The Minister said a lack of housing stock and affordability is a sign that federation "is failing us", in a speech on Positive Welfare and Compassionate Conservatism to the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne.

“You will find housing failures at the centre of most social service challenges. It is either a cause or consequence,” he said. more

24th July 2015     CHILDREN'S RESOURCE PROGRAM BROKERAGE REFUNDED
by Children's Resource Coordinators

The Children's Resource Coordinators have advised that the Brokerage Program has been refunded under the NPAH.

Attached is the new application form. Please ensure that any applications are made using this form, and get rid of any old forms that you may have lying around. The application form can also be downloaded from the Children's Resource Program website on the ‘brokerage’ tab.

Please make contact with Luisa (luisa@merri.org.au) or Halime (halime@merri.org.au) before filling in the application form to ensure that the application meets the criteria. more

9th July 2015     FAMILY RECONCILIATION MEDIATION PROGRAM (FRMP) SNAP SHOT
by FRMP

The Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP) have provided information on Single Session Family Consultation Follow Up sessions they are holding soon and information on access to their Brokerage Funding. more

26th June 2015     ABORIGINES ADVANCEMENT LEAGUE- PRESENTATION
by Aborigines Advancement League

The Aborigines Advancement League recently did a presentation on their organisation for  the Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Sector in the Northern Metropolitan Region. more

26th June 2015     DECOLONISING SOLIDARITY: DILEMMAS AND DIRECTIONS FOR SUPPORTERS OF INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES
by Clare Land

Decolonizing Solidarity is a newly released book that provides a  "thorough examination of the problems that can arise when activists from colonial backgrounds seek to be politically supportive of indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Clare Land argues that the impulses that drive middle-class settler activists to support indigenous peoples
will not lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change without being transformed
through a process of public political action and critical self-reflection."

See attached flyer for more information. more

26th June 2015     ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY ELDERS SERVICES
by A.C.E.S

ACES recently presented an overview of their and the services they provide at a DHHS Community Sector Forum .  ACES operates 3 complex aged care programs from one site.  They offer residential care services, low level care hostel and high level care nursing home accommodation more

26th June 2015     VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION -PRESENTATION
by VACSAL

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL) is a community based organisation established in 1984 as a Peak agency that supports a range of services and provides advice to Government on a range of policy issues impacting on Aboriginal People. Recently VACSALpresented an overview of their organisation and the services provided at a Community Sector forum more

26th June 2015     VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL CHILD CARE AGENCY- PRESENTATION
by VACCA

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children and young people. We provide programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community. VACCA recently presented an overview of their organisation and services provided at a Community Sector Forum more

24th June 2015     TACKLING HOUSING UNAFFORDABILITY: A 10-POINT NATIONAL PLAN
by The Conversation

The Conversation reports on a 10 point plan, developed by seven academics, working on housing issues, to address the housing crisis in Australia.

They identify that public awareness and concern about the current housing market is significant but that it occurs at a time when the Federal Government has no Minister for Housing "and just last month Government senators dismissed calls for renewed Commonwealth housing policy leadership recommended by the Senate’s extensive (2013-2015) Affordable Housing Inquiry." more

5th June 2015     ABORIGINAL FAMILY VIOLENCE HELP CARDS
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Service Coordination Team

The Aboriginal Family Violence Help Cards have recently been updated through consultation with Aboriginal services in the northern metropolitan region.

The cards provide information about family violence support services that are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men.

Help Cards have also been translated into 14 community languages and are now available to order.

To order cards, please fill out this form and forward it to info@whin.org.au more

5th June 2015     FUNDS FOR SCHOOL CAMPS, SPORTS AND EXCURIONS FOR ELIGIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE
by Childrens Resource Workers NWMR

The Victorian Government has announced funds for school camps, sports and excursion for eligible children.

This funding is given to the schools but is tied to individual children to pay for sports, camps and excursion. Eligibility criteria similar to EMA recipients. Check out the links below. $125 for primary, $225 secondary. Forms are at the bottom of the second link

 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/csefflyer.pdf

 

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/csef.aspx?Redirect=1

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5th June 2015     ONLINE INTERVENTION ORDER APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE IN YARRA
by Womens Health in the North

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) in Collingwood  has turned the existing paper application for Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) into an easy-to-use, secure, online version. All Yarra residents over the age of 18 can use the online application system. more

5th June 2015     THE CHEAPEST WAY TO END HOMELESSNESS IS RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE, ACCORDING TO THE LARGEST-EVER US STUDY
by Buisness Insider Media

The Economic Roundtable in the United States has released its findings on the largest study on homelessness in American history.

The focus was on Santa Clara County, California, home to the extreme wealth of Silicon Valley and the highest percentage of homelessness in the entire United States.

The methodology is enough to make a social scientist swoon: researchers analysed information about everyone in Santa Clara County who had been homeless between 2007 to 2012 — a full 104,206 people. more

5th June 2015     WOMENS HEATH IN THE NORTH SUBMISSION TO VICTORIAN ROYAL COMMISSION INTO FAMILY VIOLENCE
by Womens Health in the North(WHIN)

Womens Health in the North(WHIN) submission identifies key issues and challenges related to family violence, as identified by WHIN and its regional partners, the submission highlights effective or promising solutions to those issues, and makes suggestions for action required to support and further develop the solutions. 

WHIN consulted with more than 60 regional partners in the development of the submission to ensure the incorporation of input that reflects the experiences of organisations involved in the NIFVS partnership and the NMR Preventing Violence against Women Committee. The recommendations reflect many suggestions made by partners in our work in the northern metropolitan region(NMR).

  more

28th May 2015     PRECARIOUS HOUSING CAREERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTION IN AUSTRALIAN HOUSING
by Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre

Brotherhood of St Laurence Lunchtime Seminar 
by Professor Gavin Wood

12:00 to 13:00

Location: Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

 

A quiet revolution in home ownership and housing finance is ushering in a new era for the Australian housing system. The old era was characterised by a relatively risk free housing pathway – departure from the family home was followed by a short period renting during which a deposit is saved, before a home is purchased with the aid of a mortgage. Typically a household’s mortgage was paid off while working so that in retirement couples and singles could live comfortably on the age pension because housing costs were zero. For the small numbers of disadvantaged Australians that could not attain ownership, public housing offered a secure refuge.

This secure pathway has been eroded and most low income households in the early stages of their housing careers are now facing an uncertain housing future.  This seminar will document how we have reached this point, and the wider ramifications for the Australian welfare state. It will conclude by exploring policy initiatives that could address emerging issues in the contemporary Australian Housing System.

 

Gavin Wood is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at RMIT University and Guest Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, TU Delft. Netherlands. He also holds and Adjunct Professor position in the School of Economics, Finance and Property Studies, Curtin University, Western Australia. He previously held positions in the economics departments of Murdoch University (Western Australia), the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

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22nd May 2015     'THE LINE' RELAUNCHED
by Children's Resource Workers

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years. The Line encourages healthy and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence.

Click here: http://www.theline.org.au/ more

23rd April 2015     LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION VIDEO ON OUT OF HOME CARE SYSTEM AND MOVES TOWARDS THERAPEUTIC CARE
by Lighthouse Institute

The Lighthouse foundation in partnership with with Creativa videos  recently launched  an animated video that  explores the shocking reality as well as the cost of youth homelessness in Australia, the way young people have been cared for over the year in the out of home care system, and the move towards therapeutic care which will provide young people hope for a better future.

Please take the time to watch and share this poignant and thought provoking video.  more

23rd April 2015     EMERGENCY RELIEF PROGRAM FOR THE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY IN THE NORTH
by VACCA

VACCA is one of the successful services to be providing Department of Social Services funded Emergency Relief in your area.

Our Emergency Relief program provides a culturally respectful service to help the Aboriginal Community to address immediate basic needs in times of financial crisis. Emergency relief is a safety net for people experiencing financial distress or hardship and who have limited means or resources to help them alleviate their financial crisis. more

23rd April 2015     YOUTH HOMELESSNESS MATTERS DAY - MEDIA IN WYNDHAM
by Star Observer

Please find attached an article from the Star Observer reporting on youth homelessness in Wyndham and the work of the H3 alliance to lobby for a crisis intervention faclity for single people and families who are homeless in Wyndham. more

13th April 2015     $572M OVER TWO YEARS TO ENACT ROYAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
by Premier of Victoria

This $572 million statewide funding boost over two years in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget responds to Royal Commission recommendations that must be done now – including more housing and crisis refuges, more counsellors, more prevention programs and more support for children who are victims of family violence.

This package begins to deliver 65 of the Royal Commission’s most urgent recommendations and is the first step in the long-term process to fix our broken system and change attitudes towards women.

The Labor Government’s family violence package, which puts victims at the heart of our reforms, includes:
• $152.5 million to begin a housing blitz to shelter more victims so they don’t have to choose between homelessness and returning to an abusive relationship. Work will commence on building and redeveloping family violence refuges, expanding crisis accommodation, and rapidly funding up to 130 new social housing homes. Victims will also be kept safe at home through innovative options such as help accessing the private rental market.

See the attached press rellease for further information. more

10th April 2015     SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: STATEMENT OF INTENT (2015-2018)
by Early Childhood Australia and the National Children's Commissioner

Supporting young children’s rights: Statement of Supporting young children’s rights: Statement of intent (2015–2018) provides high-level principles and areas for collective work, advocacy and action by Early Childhood Australia (ECA), its members and the National Children’s Commissioner in relation to the rights of young children—including children from birth to primary school age—over the next three years. more

10th April 2015     NEW LOOK NORTHERN INTEGRATED FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES WEBSITE
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Services NIFVs

Introducing  the new-look Northern Integrated Family Violence Services website (nifvs.org.au).


The website is a hub of information for workers supporting women’s and children’s safety in Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region.


The website features a service directory with details of family violence and other services in the region—including crisis, intake, therapeutic, Aboriginal, CALD and legal services. It also features family violence sector news, events and training relevant to those working in the northern region.

You will also find intake pathways for clients in the northern region and resources for working with particular client groups on the new website.


By visiting the website, you can find out more about the NIFVS partnership and how to become involved in the work of family violence integration.

It is anticipated that the new website will be a useful tool in supporting integration across the region. more

30th March 2015     NORTHERN INTEGRATED FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES WEBSITE
by NIFVs

Northern Integrated Family Violence (NIFVs) are introducing  the new-look Northern Integrated Family Violence Services website (nifvs.org.au).

The website is a hub of information for workers supporting women’s and children’s safety in Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region. Its is hoped that the new website will be a useful tool in supporting integration across the NMR region.

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27th March 2015     MENTAL HEALTH COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER
by HomeGround

The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner is an independent voice working for positive change in Victoria’s mental health system and Lynne Coulson Barr is the first ever Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. At a  forum held  in Yarra last week she made it clear that she is interested in hearing about systemic problems and barriers for certain groups (like people experiencing homelessness). http://mhcc.vic.gov.au/commissioner.htm more

23rd March 2015     TWO YEAR NPAH FUNDING EXTENSION OFFER
by Western Homlessness Network Coordinator

The Abbott government will extend homelessness funding for another two years, providing $230 million for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.  If States and Territories agree to the offer, this will extend homelessness funding until 30 June 2017.

The Department of Social Services has announced that priority will be given to services assisting women and children experiencing family violence and young people who are homeless. However, States and Territories have still hold responsibility for determining allocation of the funds. more

18th March 2015     RESPONDING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT TRAINING
by CASA House

Wednesday, 18 March, 2015 in Melbourne CBD.

The workshop will assist those working with victim/survivors of sexual assault who have not had the opportunity to access training previously. It is also suitable for students. more

12th March 2015     'HOW I CAN STOP SMOKING": NEW PRINT RESOUNCES
by Quit Victoria

Quit Victoria has drawn on its work with homelessness agencies to inform new print resources for helping clients to stop smoking:

* ‘How I can stop smoking’ wallet sized card (for clients of social services, and to prompt a conversation between clients and workers), and

* a short booklet version with more in-depth information. To order free copies of the wallet card or the booklet please visit: http://quit.org.au/resource-centre/resources/

More information: Ben.O'Mara@cancervic.org.au more

12th March 2015     OLDER WOMENS'S PATHWAYS OUT OF HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA: REPORT
by Mercy Foundation

The Hon. Anna Bligh, CEO YWCA NSW and Dr Maree Petersen, University of Queensland launched the report "Older women's pathways out of homelessness in Australia". 

There is strong anecdotal evidence that a growing group of people becoming homeless in Australia are women aged over 55.

The Mercy Foundation commissioned a research report from the University of Queensland to investigate this issue and look at possible solutions to the problem. Dr Maree Petersen and Dr Cameron Parsell undertook the research. Dr Petersen will be present at the official launch. more

12th March 2015     NEW AP TO BLOCK BULLYING
by Kerrys Computer Inc

A new app designed to stop and report bullies is set to take off on mobile phones around the world.

BullyBackOff is a password protected mobile phone app with built in settings to block and report messages classed as threatening. It sends out a strong message that the threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

Versions are available for adults and children. more

27th February 2015     NATIONL SHELTER PEAKS CAMPAIGN
by National Shelter

Funded housing peaks critical to consultation processes  

National Shelter are continuing their campaign to stop federal government cuts to the voice of vulnerable people in the housing system. They recently appeared before the Senate Economics Committee to stress the importance of funded peaks in strong consultation processes.

National Shelter, CHFA and Homelessness Australia all face withdrawal of funding at 30 June this year. Without funded peaks, people who are vulnerable in or excluded from the housing system will be without a voice in the housing and homelessness policy decisions which have fundamental impacts on their lives.
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27th February 2015     NEW IPHONE APPLICATION TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERSTAND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS
by The Age Newspaper

There is a new free  iPhone app  called imatter  which was created by Doncare to help young people understand respectful relationships and provides information and support to young people around family violence. 

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27th February 2015     WOMEN'S HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM: WEEKLY OUTREACH CLINIC
by Homeless Law

Homeless Law is commencing a weekly outreach clinic for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness on:

8 April 2014. Free call 1800 606 313 for legal assistance.

The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project (WHPP) is an initiative of Justice Connect's
Homeless Law service.

WHPP provides a weekly outreach clinic, staffed by pro bono lawyers at a central CBD location on Tuesdays.  more

23rd February 2015     SINGLE SESSION FAMILY CONSULTATIONS AND SINGLE SESSION WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES - MELBOURNE
by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

FRMP is very pleased to be able to offer this training to the homelessness sector, in partnership with the Bouverie Centre, on single session work with young people and families. This training will be offered three times in Melbourne and five times in rural Victoria, with eight reflective practice sessions offered as follow up for training participants. Learnings from the training will be consolidated at the next FRMP Conference, currently scheduled for March 2015. more

13th February 2015     WOMENS' EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM IN THE WEST
by VincentCare

The Women's Early Intervention Program offers case managed support to single women over 18 who are at risk of losing their tenancy. 


The person may present with a range of issues including:
Multiple and complex needs such as:
•Alcohol and Other Drugs
•Mental Health
•Legal
•General health
•Emotional Wellbeing
•Breakdown in coping skills threatening their capacity to live independently more

10th February 2015     INFORMATION FOR SEPARATING PARENTS
by Family Dispute Resolution

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) can help families who are separating and want to resolve issues around arrangements for their children by creating opportunity for parents to discuss how they can best continue to parent while maintaining a focus on their child or children’s best interests. more

23rd January 2015     MULTIPLE FAMILIES LIVING TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE RENT
by The Age

Multiple families are cramming into single homes in Melbourne's suburbs because they cannot afford the rent by themselves.

This comes as a rising number of Victorian renters worry about losing their homes, in a real estate market where the median metropolitan rent has hit $365 a week.

In the past financial year, about 30,000 private renters asked the state's homelessness agencies for financial help to stay in their home – an annual increase of almost 30 per cent, the Council to Homeless Persons said.
Click on the attached link for more information

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/multiple-families-living-together-because-they-cant-afford-the-rent-20150120-12tjgp.html more

21st January 2015     CHP MEDIA RELEASE
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

CHP Media release

High rents pushing more renters to brink of homelessness Wednesday 21 January http://chp.org.au/news-and-events/media-releases/21-january-high-rents-pushing-more-renters-to-brink-of-homelessness/ more

15th January 2015     REFORM OF FEDERATION ISSUES PAPER 2: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
by Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Australian Government would like as many people as possible to think about how our federal system of government can be improved, particularly in relation to roles and responsibilities in housing and homelessness. To this end  Reform of Federation Issues paper 2: Roles and Responsibilities in Housing and Homelessness has been developed.

This paper is one of several issues papers that will inform the Green and White Papers on the Reform of the Federation. more

23rd December 2014     HOMELESSNESS AUSTRALIA AND OTHER PEAK BODIES DEFUNDED AFTER 30 JUNE 2015
by Western Homlessness Network Coordinator

News has just broken that our National Peak Bodies (Homelessness Australia, National Shelter, Community Housing Federation Australia and Financial Counselling Australia) have been advised this week that they will lose their funding from 30 June. 

The Electoral Office phone number for the new Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison is 02) 9523 0339.

Sad news just before Christmas, significantly reducing our capacity to represent the voices of people who are homeless and/or experiencing family violence at the federal level. more

11th December 2014     AHURI REPORT: CHANGES IN THE SUPPLY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE PRIVATE RENTAL SECTOR FOR LOWER INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, 2006–11
by AHURI

This is the first publication from a project that investigated the supply of, and demand for, private rental dwellings affordable to lower income households in 2011 and compared this with the situation in 2006. more

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