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14th October 2019     VICTORIAN HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

The Council to Homeless Persons and Family Reconciliation and Mediation Program are hosting the Victorian Homelessness Conference:

When: 14th and 15th October

Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf 

Register: https://chpconference.com.au/register

Early bird registration closes: 7 July 2019 more

27th August 2019     NATIONAL HOUSING CONFERENCE
by AHURI

That National Housing Conference is to be held from 27-30 August 2019 in Darwin.  For more information, click here: https://www.nhc.edu.aumore

2nd July 2019     SHS TEAM LEADERSHIP TRAINING - 2 & 3 JULY
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

The sector consultations that informed the Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS) Transition Plan consistently identified a need for building the capacity of Team Leaders in the SHS.

To address this gap, CHP has partnered with Women Working Wonders to develop and trial a tailored leadership program for Team Leaders in the SHS. The training will be delivered by Women Working Wonders on 2 and 3 July 2019, followed by a half day on 17 July to report on progress, reflect on learnings, share and reconnect as a group.

If you are interested in participating in the training or would like more information please read this - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Team_Leadership_EOI more

20th June 2019     LGBTIQ+ NORTHERN NETWORK MEETING SCHEDULE 2019
by VincentCare Victoria

VincentCare has offered to host a LGBTIQ+ Northern Network. The aim of the network is to provide an opportunity for mainstream community agencies & LGBTIQ specific agencies in the Northern metropolitan region to meet and share information specific to the needs of LGBTIQ young adults, adults and families, including families of choice.

Location: VincentCare Northern Community Hub, 175 Glenroy Road, Glenroy

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Thursday 20th June

Thursday 19th September

Thursday 5th December

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4th June 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 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

3rd June 2019     MISSION AUSTRALIA SURVEY
by Western Homelessness Networker

The Mission Australia Survey 2019 is open until 31st July. If homelessness surveys in Melbourne's North and West can ask 100 young people who are completing the survey to use a unique identifier (75508) then Mission Australia will provide a report just on those responses. Attached is a copy of the survey with the unique identifier already included. 

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

Each year, the Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and an understanding of their aspirations, values, concerns and ambitions. The survey provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues.

If you would like any support from Mission Australia or have questions about the process, please get in touch with us atyouthsurvey@missionaustralia.com.au. more

3rd June 2019     HAVE YOUR SAY ON CARAVAN PARK REGULATIONS
by Victorian Government

Victorians will help shape future caravan park regulations, with consultation now open to ensure the industry operates effectively into the future.

Caravan parks are popular holiday destinations, while also providing options for affordable housing and retirement living.

The regulations under review set out requirements for caravan parks and movable dwellings on topics including health and wellbeing, fire safety and emergency management, registration and construction standards.

The Andrews Labor Government is reviewing these regulations, which expire in 2020, to assess how well they are working and make any necessary changes. The review process will run throughout 2019 and early 2020 with the new Regulations to take effect by June 2020. Consultation with stakeholders from across the sector is an important part of this process.

A consultation paper is now available: engage.vic.gov.au/caravan-parks-regulations-sunset-review  Submissions are due by 23 June 2019.  more

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

3rd June 2019     100 NEW HOMES FOR WOMEN
by Women's Property Initiative

ONE HUNDRED new homes for women will be available very soon in Moonee Ponds, Ivanhoe, Docklands, Bundoora, Maribyrnong and Werribee.

Women's Property Initiative has a new project happening and are looking for 50 employed single women, 20 employed women with one dependent and 30 VHR priority eligible women to house

Who  can apply?

Thirty homes are aimed at women who are on the Victorian Housing Register (VHR) Priority Access List.  (income below $567 p/w and assets below $13,064). Seventy homes are for those who have more income and who are in the Register of Interest category of the VHR (earning up to $1,014 p/w with assets below $33,051). Income limits are higher for couples and for those with dependents. Asset limits are higher for those who require major home modifications due to their disability. For more information go to https://housing.vic.gov.au/victorian-housing-register or check out the Victorian Housing Register Guide – attached.

Click on 'more' for further information.  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     HOUSING WORKFORCE SCHOLARSHIPS
by DHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to advise that online applications for the 2020 program open on Tuesday 25 June 2019, via https://dhhs.vic.gov.au/workforce-scholarship-and-ethel-temby-research-grant-program

This is a wonderful opportunity for Housing staff and we encourage you to promote the program by distributing the attached handouts through your own networks, and at forums/meetings.

Prior to online applications opening on Tuesday 25 June 2019, we recommend that applicants commence research with their preferred Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) or Universities, to obtain quotes for course fees to undertake study in 2020. As well as start conversations with their relevant manager, regarding their interest in applying.

A housing workforce scholarship provides financial assistance to undertake study in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, or a course that leads to a qualification. It covers course fees only.

For staff wanting to undertake further study in housing specific courses, Swinburne are offering the Certificate IV in Social Housing, Diploma of Community Services and Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Housing Management and Policy).  See attached flyer for more information.

If you have any queries regarding the program, or the online application process, please email workforce.scholarships@dhhs.vic.gov.au, or phone 9096 2623 (Tuesday to Friday) or 9096 5760 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). 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     WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN FOR THE HOMELESS, BUT THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES
by Sally Capp, Lord Mayor in The Age

We have all been shaken by the senseless death of a vulnerable young woman, Courtney Herron. As a community, it is right to express our grief about this crime, her circumstances and the way in which she died.

Despite the best intentions of many good people around her, Courtney was sleeping rough in our city, putting her at grave risk. We must ask ourselves, what more could we have done to help her? How can we prevent this happening again?

We know that 40 per cent of people experiencing homelessness are in financial stress. Many are young people and older women, priced out of the rental market, struggling to make ends meet and waiting in the queue for social housing.

Family violence is a factor in 30 per cent of cases and a significant cause of homelessness for women.

Drug, alcohol and mental health problems are thought to account for around 10 per cent of cases.

We are falling way short of what’s needed to tackle the causes, let alone provide enough services to help people once they fall on hard times. This gap will only widen as our population booms, especially in Melbourne.

I ask all Melburnians to be kind and put themselves in the shoes of those who have lost everything. If you want to make a difference, please donate your coins to our city’s crisis housing providers and buy a copy of The Big Issue. Giving money or food directly might feel good but unfortunately prolongs the time people stay out on the streets when they’re sleeping rough.

Building a permanent pathway out of homelessness is the big challenge and the City is putting the call out. We urgently need a joint campaign across all levels of government and it needs to be a priority – from Town Hall to Spring Street to Canberra. Our corporate sector and generous philanthropists are standing by ready to help. We need land and buildings for more frontline services and crisis accommodation. The next step up from there is more social housing, which is at its lowest levels in decades. The pipeline must start flowing.

Click here for the full article: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-re-doing-what-we-can-for-the-homeless-but-there-are-no-quick-fixes-20190530-p51ssn.html

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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     CARELESSLY LINKING CRIME TO BEING HOMELESS ADD TO THE HARMFUL STIGMA
by Alison Young and James Petty in The Conversation


The news of Courtney Herron’s death has shocked Melburnians. While full details are yet to emerge, both she and the man charged with murdering her have been widely reported as being homeless. It’s revealing how news media use this information in framing their coverage of what happened. 

Media use of the term “homeless” is rarely neutral. This is not to say someone’s housing status should never be included in reporting such events. However, we should be wary of how media coverage connects homelessness to violent crimes.

When reading about any event involving people experiencing homelessness, we should remember that being homeless involves serious vulnerability. Homelessness is better understood not as a condition itself, but as a manifestation of multiple vulnerabilities: mental illness, chronic ill-health, unemployment, disadvantage, lack of education, histories of trauma or neglect, substance dependence and, always, poverty. This remains the case regardless of whether the person in question is a victim, an offender, or a bystander.

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2nd June 2019     ONE OF THE WORST THINGS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS IS THE SHAME
by Wendy Squires in The Age

Shame is a complex emotion. For most of my life it has prohibited me from revealing an experience that has shaped me in the most profound of ways.

ou see, when I was 17, I became homeless for a period. As in, I lived in a friend’s garage, sneaking in when his parents had parked each night and getting up before they left each day. It meant me hiding my sleeping bag in bushes before heading off to school and relying on the kindness of others for food. It entailed overstaying my welcome at every opportunity, mocking sleep so as not to be moved off a warm couch or sneaking into their rooms when parents had gone to bed, for a safe place to sleep.

And it made me feel like shit, every humiliating second of every day. I felt I was white trash, despite my middle-class upbringing, unlovable and unworthy. And despite getting my life back on track and achieving success later in life, I will always be that scared young girl with knotted hair who brushed her teeth with her finger and bathed with a garden hose, among other indignities I don’t care to share.

So acute are these memories that when I read that yet another young woman, now identified as 25-year-old Courtney Herron, had been found dead in a Melbourne park on the weekend – this one identified as having “no fixed address” – tears came that haven’t really left. I can only imagine how vulnerable, lost and insignificant she must have felt in that dark park ringed by the warm homes of affluent others.

There are 116,427 people homeless in Australia on any given night, according to Mission Australia. This includes 15,872 children under 12. Only 7 per cent of people who are homeless are sleeping on the streets. The rest are hidden away, couch-surfing with friends, moving between emergency shelters and hostels and sleeping in cars and makeshift dwellings. Domestic and family violence is one of the top reasons people end up in this situation.

Courtney Herron's tragic death needs to be mourned as an act of neglect en masse. No young woman, man or child should be sleeping rough and no decent society should be allowing it to happen.

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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     ANGLICARE VICTORIA CEO CALLS FOR URGENT NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS SUMMIT IN LIGHT OF RECENT TRAGEDY IN MELBOURNE
by Anglicare

On ABC News Breakfast, Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald appealed to the nation to hold a National Homelessness Summit to address the crisis of housing and homelessness in this country. 

Mr McDonald said: “Aside from the violence in this tragic case concerning Courtney Herron, I think the thing that is shocking the public also is that people are sleeping in parks at such a young age; we’re past crisis point on homelessness in this country for access to social housing. That is why nothing short of a National Homelessness Summit, that brings all tiers of Government together, will be sufficient in solving this issue.

Click here for the full press release.  more

2nd June 2019     COURTNEY HERRON DEATH: VICTORIA GRAPPLES WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION AMONG HOMELESS
by Lisa Martin in The Guardian

As family and friends of Courtney Herron come to grips with her death, Victorian authorities are grappling with how homeless people with drug addictions and mental illness are falling through cracks in the system.

Guardian Australia understands about 10% of the 14,500 Victorians on the state’s methadone program are homeless. 

People need to be on the program for three months before they are eligible for takeaway does of methadone. Storing the dosages safely could be an issue for homeless people because the medication could be stolen and has a high value on the the black market.

The Launch Housing chief executive, Bevan Warner, lamented hundreds of Victorians are being turned away each week because of a shortage of crisis accommodation.

“There are 423 funded crisis accommodation beds in Melbourne and there’s close to 2,000 people sleeping rough,” Warner said. “It’s very hard for someone to recover from an episode of mental ill health ... or to deal with a substance dependency issue if they’re spending most of their waking hours worrying about where they are going to sleep tonight and if they’ll be safe and secure.”

Victoria’s Council to Homeless Persons says there are 82,500 people, including almost 25,000 children, on the public housing waiting list and a shortfall of 102,800 properties.

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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

2nd June 2019     WINTRINGHAM BUS TOURS
by Wintringham

Wintringham is providng a half day outing with FREE lunch and a recreational activity, including a brief facilitated tour of possible housing options in the area to be visited. Accommodation may be Wintringham housing stock, or other accommodation providers.

The bus tour is targetted to over 50’s, experiencing homelessness/ or risk of homelessness within the City of Melbourne catchment. The idea is to gauge the interest of seniors experiencing homelessness, in housing options outside the CBD and inner city.

The April and May bus tours went very well. See the attached brochure about the June and July bus tours. 

For more information contact: Mary-Jo Anagnos, Housing Support and Outreach Worker on 9375 3774 or at Maryjoanagnos@wintringham.org.au. more

26th May 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 next clinic will be on 26th May 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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16th May 2019     UPCOMING FIGHTING FAIR TRAINING
by Scott Dutton

MEDIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING (LEVEL 1)
This interactive and stimulating 2-day course will assist professionals to explore conflict and impart the essential principles and process of mediation....click for more
MELBOURNE: September 10&11, 2019 - Melbourne

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
This 1-day workshop will assist managers/ workers/ staff to understand and demonstrate the skills, techniques and model in having difficult & necessary conversations....click for more
MELBOURNE: Nov 12, 2019 - Melbourne CBD

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI) IN THE WORKPLACE
This 1-day workshop will assist managers, team leaders and team members to develop insight and awareness of their own and others’ emotions (behaviours, moods, reactions) to intentionally improve individual, team and organisational outcomes (wellbeing) in the workplace....click for more
MELBOURNE: Nov 13, 2019 - Melbourne CBD

IN HOUSE TRAINING

Please contact us if you are interested in training or workshops for your team or organisation. You are also able to pay this financial year and hold it next financial year. See below for the course titles. More information and a proposal can be sent with the specific content / learning outcomes. 

Click here for more information and to register.  more

16th May 2019     FEDERAL ELECTION SCORECARD
by Everybody's Home campaign

Click here: https://everybodyshome.com.au/fed-scorecard/ to see a scorecard of where the major parties stand on the five key things that will address the housing crisis.  more

16th May 2019     MARAM TRAINING
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Servces

New MARAM Training now Available

Registrations for MARAM modules Leading Alignment and Comprehensive Renewing Practice are now open via https://training.dvrcv.org.au/.

Five new MARAM training modules will become available for professionals from prescribed framework organisations:

Leading Alignment: a one-day module designed to support organisational leaders to manage alignment and staff with new responsibilities under MARAM (registrations open).

Comprehensive Renewing Practice: a one-day module for those who have completed CRAF 3 but need to renew their practice in MARAM (registrations open).

Comprehensive Newer Family Violence Specialist training: A two-day module for the specialist family violence workers who are newer to the field and/ or have not completed CRAF 3 (available in the next month).

Brief and Intermediate: For workers who are not directly focused on responding to family violence, but who engage with people who are at risk of experiencing or using family violence (late 2019).

Risk Identification and Screening: For workers who may identify family violence through one-off, episodic or ongoing service provision (late 2019).

'Brief and Intermediate' and 'Risk Identification and Screening' modules will be rolled out by Victorian government departments to their various staff and funded services later in 2019. more

16th May 2019     NEGATIVE GEARING

Negative gearing is proving to be one of the most debated issues of the election. Here are some recent media articles on the subject:

SBS News: What is negative gearing and if it's scrapped will you pay more rent? 

University of NSW: Changing negative gearing and what it means for renters

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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     FEDERAL ELECTION ANALYSIS
by Shelter

Click here for an election analysis on housing policies:  http://shelter.org.au/site/wp-content/uploads/190409-Federal-Election-Housing-Policy-Guide-v3.pdf more

15th May 2019     QUICK GUIDE TO THE NDIS
by Parliamentary library

Please find attached a quick guide to the NDIS, updated May 2019.  more

15th May 2019     DONATE WARM CLOTHING
by Western Homelessness Networker

A homelessness worker has created a new Facebook page under the name Donate Warm Clothing in order to garner donations of warm clothing to homeless people on the streets of Melbourne this winter.

We accept cleaned and washed blankets,vdoonas, warm clothing for adults and sleeping bags, both new and used of all sizes.

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

15th May 2019     THE BRUTAL TRUTH ON HOUSING: SOMEONE HAS TO LOSE IN ORDER FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS TO WIN
by The Conversation

Click here for a link to an article analysing the recent election promises from the Liberal and Labor parties in relation to housing.

The bottom line on housing? Changing rules on negative gearing and capital gains tax is more likely to increase home ownership than guaranteeing part of the deposit.

But no policy proposed in this Commonwealth election affects the really big lever for home ownership: increasing housing supply. more

15th May 2019     NEW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
by NWMPHN

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is excited to announce that cohealth and Neami National have succeeded in their application to receive $3.5 million to provide psychosocial support in northern and western Melbourne.

The funding will be used to establish new services for people with severe and complex mental illness who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Attached is a fact sheet about new funding to support people experiencing mental health issues.  more

17th April 2019     INFORMATION SHARING AND MARAM UPDATE
by DVVIC

Information Sharing Schemes
Following feedback on the 2-day 2018 training, further training covering the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and the Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) has been tailored and developed.

• Online Information Sharing training modules are now all available via e-learning (https://www.vic.gov.au/infosharing/training-for-information-sharing-schemes-and-maram.html).

• DHHS has developed a 1-day face-to-face training. This training has been piloted and will be available in both rural and metro areas, progressively rolled out from May 2019.

• It is envisaged that a practitioner would undertake either the online or the face-to-face training.

MARAM
Five MARAM training modules for professionals from prescribed framework organisations are being finalised, with the first due to start in May.

See the attached information sheet from DV Vic for more information.  more

17th April 2019     TARGETED PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT (TPS) SERVICES
by North Western Metropolitan Primary Health Network

Targeted Psychological Support services provide free short-term focused psychological interventions for children, young people and adults with mental illness.

These services are for people with low incomes or who are experiencing financial hardship and reside in the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) catchment.

Visit the website to find out where they are delivered across the region and for referral pathways and forms. more

17th April 2019     FREE ONLINE AND TELEPHONE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
by North Western Metropolitan Primary Health Network

Need some help with everyday stress? CAREinMIND™ Wellbeing Support Service offers free telephone or online counselling to anyone living or working in Melbourne's north, centre and west 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Click here for more information: https://careinmind.com.au 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

17th April 2019     ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY AND SHOWERS
by Orange Sky

Please see the attached roster of the venues at which Orange Sky is providing laundry and shower facilities.  more

17th April 2019     FOOTSCRAY SOUP VAN STOPS
by VincentCare Victoria

Please see the attached list of Soup Van stops in Melbourne's west.  more

17th April 2019     FRONTYARD IS MOVING BACK TO KING STREET
by Melbourne City Mission

The exciting new 24/7 Frontyard Youth Services is ready to open the doors on Wednesday 24 April.

Frontyard at 244 Flinders Street will close on Tuesday 23 April at 8pm.
We will be open at 19 King Street from 9am on Wednesday 24 April.

What’s new?
Frontyard is now a 24/7 crisis accommodation and integrated services centre, providing a whole-person response for young people living with complex issues. This includes:

  • Two floors of accommodation
  • 18 beds available, including beds to address young people’s immediate needs in an emergency, and one disability access bed
  • Specifically designed service model that works with young people experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless, who have complex needs

The new Frontyard number is (03) 9977 0077.

The Hester Hornbrook Academy also has a new address and phone number from Wednesday 24 April. Find them at 601 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 1800 517 218.

  more

17th April 2019     YOUTH HOMELESSNESS EFFORTS GET A LOWLY 2 STARS FROM NATIONAL REPORT CARD
by The Conversation

National Report Card on Youth Homelessness in Australia says government action over the past decade would earn no more than two stars under its four-star rating system. There has been under-investment in most areas. Promises made have been only partially delivered. 

The report identifies the lack of a coordinated national strategy as an obstacle to achieving goals that were set a decade ago. The report card will be presented at the National Youth Homelessness Conference being held in Melbourne today and tomorrow. 

It’s the first national conference focused solely on homeless youth in Australia in 20 years. It will consider four proposed strategic reforms:

  1. early intervention
  2. rapid rehousing
  3. engagement in education, training and/or employment
  4. extending state care to the age of 21.

 

Click here for the full article: https://theconversation.com/youth-homelessness-efforts-get-a-lowly-2-stars-from-national-report-card-113118 more

17th April 2019     FREE ICE EDUCATION FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE WORKERS
by 360Edge

360Edge is delivering free face-to-face ice training for frontline workers right across Victoria. This training is funded by the Victorian Government and is designed to build the knowledge and skills of workers so they can safely and effectively respond to people affected by ice.

There are a mix of sessions for health and welfare workers available, including for specific workforces such as AOD, clinical and community mental health, and sessions for all health workers. We also have sessions specifically for housing and homelessness workers, and sessions for all welfare workers. From the list below, find a session near you that relates to your field of work. 

New sessions are being added regularly, so please keep checking back.

Click here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/ice-education-for-the-health-amp-welfare-sector-13440156103 more

17th April 2019     YOUTH HOMELESSNESS MATTERS DAY
by YHMD2019 and Everybody's Home

28,000 young people between the ages of 12-24 will be homeless tonight in Australia.

All over Australia, every single day, there are young people sleeping in their cars, on friends’ couches or finding shelter with family because they have no where else to go.

This Youth Homelessness Matters day, help us tell young people experiencing homelessness that they matter, by signing the petition calling on all political parties to support a national plan to end homelessness by 2030: www.everybodyshome.com.au/sign-the-petition-for-a-plan-to-end-homelessness-by-2030/ more

17th April 2019     THE HOUSING MARKET IS NOT THE ECONOMY
by The Age

The media  pays lots of attention to housing because, for so many people, it is their biggest asset.

However, the property market is not the economy, and what's going on in housing is probably not always as economically important as you might think.

First, it helps to put the recent fall in property prices into perspective.

National Australia Bank economist Kieran Davies reports that capital city prices are down by about 8 per cent from their peak, which is the sharpest fall in the period since the Second World War.

That sounds dramatic but, remember, property prices also posted rapid growth in the preceding decades, so they were falling from a very high starting point. That means the proportion of people in negative equity — where they owe more than their house is worth — is still low.

The key puzzle that is occupying the central bankers in Martin Place is that unemployment has fallen more quickly than they thought it would, but it has not translated into the sorts of pay rises that would normally be expected.

In all likelihood, what happens to wages will therefore be more important for the economy than the housing market.

Click here for a link to the full article: https://www.theage.com.au/money/investing/the-housing-market-is-not-the-economy-20190409-p51cfr.html more

17th April 2019     SHS TRAINING CALENDAR
by Wodonga TAFE

Please go to the Wodonga TAFE website on a daily/weekly basis as this will list all current available events.

This is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/wodonga-institute-of-tafe-2440708194

All Semester 1 events are now uploaded onto the Eventbrite website and ready to take bookings. 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     'BUILD-TO-RENT': NO SILVER BULLET FOR OUR REAL HOUSING CRISIS
by The New Daily

Australia’s real housing crisis isn’t first-home buyers finding it expensive, or falling prices, but rental housing being unaffordable for people on low incomes or social security.

Enter the latest housing buzz word or phrase, “build-to-rent” (BTR), allegedly a magic means of providing affordable and social housing, while still allowing governments to reduce their small-and-shrinking public housing portfolios.

Alas, as adults should know, magic doesn’t actually work.

There are serious problems with relying on BTR to solve the housing crisis in the absence of other policy, yet BTR is the only concrete policy advance on offer from either side during this federal election campaign.

According to independent property analyst Pete Wargent, the British experience of BTR shows it can result in higher rent than the open market and worse...

whoever wins the election has a golden opportunity to make the best of the housing supply overhang to put a dent in the real housing crisis.

Part of my gratuitous policy advice for Scott Morrison was that this would be a particularly good time to boost direct government spending on social and affordable housing as part of genuinely investing in infrastructure.

Housing is quicker to build than roads and bridges and such. It’s very “shovel-ready” and would pick up the slack now emerging from slowing private-sector housing starts.

But neither side of politics seems prepared to think big on our housing problems, or offend their key supporters either benefitting from present policy or hoping to gain from future policy.

Australian politicians just don’t have the ticker to handle our social and affordable housing crisis.

Click here for the full article: housing.https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/04/15/build-to-rent-housing-affordability/ more

17th April 2019     2019–2020 FEDERAL BUDGET: BUDGET MEASURES TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
by Australian Women Against Violence Alliance in APO Online

The 2019-2020 Federal Budget has restated its previously made commitment to fund prevention and responses to domestic, family and sexual violence. Announced at the beginning of March 2019, the $328 million as the Our Investment in Women’s Safety (OIWS) package constitutes the Commonwealth contribution towards the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. This package will be spread across 8 portfolios and comprise of a broad range of measures.

The 2019-2020 Federal budget remains a document that is complicated to read due to its lack of transparency. It is hard if not impossible to track measures in relation to responding to violence against women (VAW).

Click here for a link to the full article and the report. more

2nd April 2019     YOUTH SURVEY 2019
by Mission Australia

Mission Australia's 18th Youth Survey is now open.  Young people 15-19 are encouraged to complete the survey that is launching in April.  The survey closes in July 2019.

See the attached Toolkit for organisations.

The survey helps us understand young peoples' aspirations and concerns. 

Organisations that find 100 or more young people to participate will receive their own report. Contact Sarah, Western Homelessness Networker (sarah@wombat.org.au) to get the unique identifier for Northern and Western LASN Youth Services so that we can receive a report on the responses from young people supported through our services.  more

30th March 2019     MULTI-PROPERTY OWNING LANDLORDS GROW AS NEGATIVE GEARING WANES
by Shane Wright in The Age

The number of people owning six or more properties who are benefitting from negative gearing has increased by 10% since the Coalition has been in government. There has been a 16% increase in those owning five or more properties since 2013/14. 

Click here for the full article: https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/multi-property-owning-landlords-grow-as-negative-gearing-wanes-20190329-p518xx.html 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     REBALANCE THE BUDGET
by Everybody's Home campaign and Western Homelessness Networker

The Everybody's Home campaign advises that negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions cost Australia $11.8b a year, whilst a new report from UNSW City Futures Centre identifies that it would cost $8.6b a year to create all the 728, 600 social housing properties needed in Australia.

So, by building sufficient social housing and ending negative gearing and capital gains tax concesssions (in other words, ensuring that all Australians have one home, rather than making it easier for wealthy Australians to own more than one home), the community would save money.   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     CERT IV IN SOCIAL HOUSING, SWINBURNE
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

Attached is a flyer for Certificate IV in Social Housing course at Swinburne.

The Council to Homeless Persons is to identify practitioners with at least 12 months experience in the SHS who would like to enrol in the course for either this or next semester.

For further information, contact: kjmorris@swin.edu.au

more

30th March 2019     SENIOR OUTREACH, SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY WORKER, FLATOUT
by Flatout

Click here for more information about the position: http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/FlatOut/senior-outreach-support-and-advocacy-worker

How to apply for this job
Please send applications to Kayla Ta, Executive Officer at kayla@flatout.org.au using the subject line: Senior Outreach Support and Advocacy Worker application via EthicalJobs.
Applications should include the following documents:

§ A cover letter addressing the key selection criteria
§ A current CV with three recent referees including most recent line manager

Applicants who do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered.

Please note, there is no closing date. Immediate start required. You should submit your application as soon as possible. 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

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.

  more

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     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     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

24th January 2019     SECTOR SLAMS SOCIAL HOUSING SPENDING AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT
by Pro Bono

Victoria spends less than any other state in Australia on social housing, new research shows, with the community housing sector labelling the figures a “damning insight” into years of neglect on the issue from both state and federal governments.

On Tuesday, the Australian Productivity Commission released the Report on Government Spending (RoGS), with key findings revealing Victoria spent just $530 million on social housing, behind New South Wales ($1.37 billion), Queensland  ($629 million) and Western Australia ($829 million). 

Taking population growth into account, Victoria’s spend per person on social housing was $82.94 in 2017-18, compared to the national average of $166.93. 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.
more

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.

  more

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     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

5th November 2018     IDEAS OF HOME AND OWNERSHIP IN AUSTRALIA MIGHT EXPLAIN THE NEGLECT OF RENTERS’ RIGHTS
by Bronwyn Bate in The Conversation

The “Great Australian Dream” is based on the belief that hard work will eventually lead to home ownership. Yet owning a home is becoming impossible for many people, irrespective of how hard they work.

If we understand home to be a basic right, then we will have policies that reflect this. If we understand home to be a privilege, reserved only for those who manage to achieve home ownership, then we will forever live in a country where tenure security and a feeling of being “home” are reserved for those who are able to buy a house. Consequently, our policies will continue to support the idea that, ultimately, a rental property cannot be “home” to a tenant.

The question then remains: do we consider home a right or a privilege? This issue is at the very heart of Australia’s housing crisis. Until we change our meaning of home by separating it from ownership, we will never be able to “fix” Australia’s housing crisis.

See the full article in The Conversation. more

5th November 2018     TO MAKE HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE THIS IS WHAT STATE GOVERNMENTS NEED TO DO
by John Daley, Brendan Coates and Tony Chen in The Conversation

Home ownership rates are declining across Australia, especially among the young and the poor. An increasing proportion of low-income earners are in rental stress in all states except Queensland and Tasmania.

Australia’s population is growing rapidly. Our cities have not kept up, so there is less housing per person. The primary obstacle appears to be planning rules that delay or prevent development.All states except Tasmania have less housing per person than a decade ago.

What should Governments do?

  • enable more homes to be built in inner and middle-ring suburbs of our largest cities
  • reform tenancy rules
  • boost the public housing supply.

Australians need to face up to a harsh truth: either people accept greater density in their suburb, or their children will not be able to buy a home.

Click here to see the full article. 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 

more

5th November 2018     STAYINN COBURG: INSIDE MELBOURNE'S WORST REVIEWED HOTEL
by Rohan Smith in news.com.au

RUBBISH piles up inside rooms at a motel in Melbourne’s north and visitors rarely open their doors. When they do, they reluctantly hand over rent.

The reviews are devastatingly honest.

“This place is junky city … never staying in this flea invested (sic) sh*t box they call a motel,” reviewer Kyle Windebank wrote.

“Terrible place. Police there every day. Other residents all druggies. Would not stay again,” Richard Williams wrote.

“If you would like to visit the worst hotel on the planet, here you are,” Michael Johnson wrote.

This is the StayInn Motel in Coburg, 11km north of the Melbourne CBD. In July last year, it was the site of a shooting when an argument over money spiralled out of control. A new documentary from the team at VICE saw filmmakers spend four months at the motel exploring the reasons behind the negative reviews and the characters who call it “home” — in the truest sense of the word.

Though the StayInn still functions as a commercial motel, it also functions as crisis accommodation, offering rooms to those who need it most.

To watch the documentary, click hereThe Stay Inn will also air on SBS VICELAND later in November. To read the full article click here. more

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     CHEAPER, FAIRER PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR VULNERABLE VICTORIANS
by Victorian Government

The Andrews Labor Government is making it cheaper and easier for vulnerable Victorians to catch public transport, with new emergency relief tickets to be trialled for 12 months, commencing immediately.

Many vulnerable Victorians are being given fines they can’t pay and becoming unnecessarily caught up in the legal system.

The current Day Pass was not meeting the needs of disadvantaged people – particularly those experiencing complex issues that need more appointments, and more time to attend them.

Like the Day Pass, the new Weekly and Monthly Travel Passes will be valid in zones 1 and 2 and on regional town buses, and will be available for approved community organisations to buy and distribute to their clients.

The passes will also be available to schools to help them support students at risk of disengaging from education.

The Day, Weekly and Monthly Travel Passes are heavily discounted to make them more affordable to the organisations supporting vulnerable Victorians.

Schools and community organisations can apply for travel passes by emailing ticketingservices@ptv.vic.gov.au more

11th October 2018     BEYOND 18 LONGITUDINAL REPORT ON YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE
by Beyond 18

Beyond 18 Wave 1 report now available!

If you want to read about the first wave of Beyond 18 surveys, you can find the report here.

This first research report uses data from the first wave of surveys to focus on young people's preparations for transition from out-of-home care.

more

11th October 2018     PORTABLE LONG SERVICE LEAVE... AT LAST
by ASU and Western Homelessness Networker

Congratulations to the Australian Services Union for successfully getting portable long service leave in the community sector through Parliament. The 15 year ASU campaign culminated in the LONG SERVICE BENEFITS PORTABILITY BILL 2018 being passed in Victorian Parliament.

Click 'more' for further infomration about the scheme.

You can join the ASU through the following link: https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin more

11th October 2018     CAREINMIND WELLBEING SUPPORT SERVICE
by CAREinMIND

CAREinMIND™ Wellbeing Support Service is a free phone and online counselling support service.

CAREinMIND™ Wellbeing Support Service is for anyone of any age who is feeling the pressures and stresses of everyday life.

  • It is for people who live, work or study in northern, western and central Melbourne.
  • The service is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Call 1300 096 269 to speak to a counsellor.

If you need more intense support click here to find more programs, in this region, available with a referral from your GP or visit the More Services page. more

11th October 2018     LEAVING CARE SUPPORT EXTENDED TO 21 FOR MANY YOUNG PEOPLE
by Victorian Government and Western Homelessness Networker

Huge congratulations to all who participated in The Home Stretch Campaign to increase the leaving care age to 21.

The Andrews Labor Government has now extended supports for young people leaving care up to the age of 21.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $11.6 million over five years to roll out Home Stretch starting in the first half of 2019, which will give young people the option of remaining with their carer until the age of 21.

The program will arm young people with the tools they need to live on their own two feet, as well as extending care allowance support to foster and kinship carers.

In addition, specialised workers will provide tailored support to young people, helping them to get jobs and access education, as well training and life coaching to help young people set goals and aspirations for their future.

Carers will also be eligible to be reimbursed for the costs of caring for the young person. Young people leaving residential care will be eligible for support with housing costs.

This investment means 250 more young care leavers will receive these supports as a matter of course. more

11th October 2018     RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT BILL PASSES
by Western Homelessness Networker

Victorian Parliament has passed the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, improving the legislative rights of Victorian tenants. 

Reforms outlined in the Amendment Bill will be implemented in a staged way over the next few years. The major reforms are:

  • No-Reason notices to vacate will be gone  
  • A suite of protections for victim-survivors of family violence  
  • A “reasonableness test” for all evictions - Stronger protections against eviction for late payment
  • Minimum standards for rental properties
  • Centrepay must be accepted by landlords
  • VCAT can refer a tenant to a financial counsellor  
  • VCAT may dismiss an eviction if the tenant has a need for social support or alternative accommodation
  • Free access to see if you’re on a residential tenancy database
  • Improved rights to have pets
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

9th August 2018     STATE GOVERNMENT TRIALS INCLUSIONARY ZONING
by Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Andrews Labor Government is making more affordable homes available for vulnerable Victorians through its Inclusionary Housing Pilot.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced today that an invitation to participate in the Pilot has been extended nationwide from today through Tenders VIC.

The Pilot is part of the Homes for Victorians program and has identified six surplus government sites with potential for mixed housing types in Broadmeadows, Boronia, Parkville, Wodonga, Reservoir and Noble Park.

A minimum of 100 social housing dwellings and a percentage of affordable housing homes will be provided across the sites. more

8th August 2018     HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2018
by Western Homelessness Networker

The theme for Homelessness Week in August this yearwas "Ending homelessness together". 

Services across Melbourne's north and west ran a series events to raise awareness about the impact of the housing crisis in Melbourne and the extent of homelessness in our community. If you would like to know a bit about homelessness (from the Census) in your LGA you can find some pamphlets here: http://www.nwhn.net.au/Homelessness-in-North-and-West-Melbourne.aspx

What can you do to support the Homelessness Sector to end homelessness?
Sign a petition and ask your friends, family and workmates to sign up to let Parliament know that we need to address the housing crisis:

North and West Homelessness Network petition: "More houses for people - support homelessness workers to fight for more affordable housing"
https://chn.ge/2nm7kbn

National Everybody's Home petition: http://everybodyshome.com.au

Download petitions to the Federal and State Parliaments at: http://www.nwhn.net.au/Homelessness-Week-2018.aspx

(You can return pettions to Western Homelessness Networker (sarah@wombat.org.au) or Northern Homelessness Networker (meredith.gorman@launchhousing.org.au) more

8th August 2018     OUR STORY ART EXHIBITION
by Western Homelessness Networker

Photo: Ellen Sandell MP opens Our Story Art Exhibition.

Wombat Housing & Support Service and Lulu Gallery and Cafe are hosting an exhibition of art by people who have experienced homelessness.

This Homelessness Week event is on until the 14th August.

For more photos of the exhibition see https://www.weekendnotes.com/our-story-art-exhibition/158967/ and https://www.weekendnotes.com/our-story-art-exhibition/ more

8th August 2018     PLEA TO DO MORE FOR HOMELESS: STALL TO HIGHLIGHT AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
by Bridie Byrne, Northern Leader and Western Homelessness Networker

Women In Supportive Housing in the North (WISHIN), Merri Outreach and Support Service, Salvation Army Crossroads and VincentCare are running a Homelessness Week stall in Broadmeadows Shopping Square from 11am- 2pm until Friday 9 August.

The latest Census data shows 916 people were homeless in Hume on Census night. WISHIN Strategic Services Manager, Tanya McColl, said homelessness is a complex social problem with a number of underlying economic and social factors such as poverty, family violence, mental health issues and addictions.

Ms McColl said the extent of the situation is reflective of the housing crisis in Melbourne.

For the full articl see: http://leader.smedia.com.au/hume/ 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

8th August 2018     A BLANKET SOLUTION FOR THOSE IN NEED
by Star Weekly and Western Homelessness Networker

Photo:  Tim Pallas donates blankets to Uniting Wyndham.

Uniting Wyndham held their annual Blanket Wyndham event today in Werribee, including a petting zoo, BBQ by Rotary and free fairy floss.  Members of the community entered a competion testing their knowledge about homelessness in Werribee.

In Wyndham, there has been a 76 per cent increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness between 2011 and 2016, according to Census data.

This year, Ray White Werribee and Loan Market Werribee have partnered with Uniting Wyndham for the blanket drive, last week delivering five car loads of new blankets and bedding to Uniting Wyndham.

For an article on the event see: http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/a-blanket-solution-for-those-in-need/ more

7th August 2018     SEEKING A SOLUTION
by Melton and Moorabool Star Weekly

Photo: Melton Mayor Bob Turner is concerned about homelessness.

Australians are being ralled to 'end homelessness together'.  A number of events and activities are being hosted in Melto.  There was an information stall and 'art battle' at the Melton Library on August 9. Participants can decorate mini wooden houses donated by the Melton Men's Shed. Artists have donated their time to produce paintings which will be sold to raise funds for the Melton South Foodbank.

On August 10 there will be a stall and free BBQ at Melton South Community Centre.

  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

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. 
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     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

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

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

23rd June 2017     SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IS CHEAPER THAN CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS
by C Parsell, University of Qld in The Conversation

It costs the state government more to keep a person chronically homeless than it costs to provide permanent supportive housing to end homelessness,  recent research shows.

Over a 12-month period, people who were chronically homeless used state government funded services that cost approximately A$48,217 each. Over another 12-month period in which they were tenants of permanent supportive housing, the same people used state government services that cost approximately A$35,117.

The significance of this cost difference is remarkable. Yes, people use A$13,100 less in government-funded services when securely housed compared to the services they used when they were chronically homeless. But, on top of that, the annual average of A$35,117 in services used by supportive housing tenants includes the A$14,329 cost of providing the housing and support.

When we provide permanent supportive housing, not only do we realise whole of government cost offsets, but the way people live their lives changes demonstrably.

The data show that when people are tenants of supportive housing, their low level criminal behaviour and reliance on crisis health and temporary accommodation services that characterised their lives while homeless reduces. For example, sustaining housing, compared to being homeless for a year, was associated with a 52 per cent reduction in criminal offending, a 54 per cent reduction in being a victim of crime, and 40 per cent reduced time spent in police custody. Their use of short term crisis accommodation reduced by 99 per cent; mental health service used declined by 65 per cent.

When people have access to housing that is safe and affordable, they no longer have to live as patients, criminals, inmates, clients, and homeless people.

Click here for the full article. 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
more

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).

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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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2 SHS Team Leadership Training - 2 & 3 July
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27 National Housing Conference
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14 Victorian Homelessness Conference