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17th April 2019     EVERYBODY'S HOME FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN
by Everybody's Home campaign

The Federal Election has been called.The stage has been set. The Budget delivered by the Coalition and the Budget reply from Labor have outlined what the major parties plan to do to fix the broken housing system – and it showed us where we need to focus our efforts in the coming five weeks!

Everyone in Australia needs a place to call home. And if we’re going to make that a reality, we need our leaders to step up and implement the solutions we know will make a difference.
With the election just over five weeks away, we’re calling on the major parties to implement the 5 key things that will fix the broken housing system. Will you add your name, by signing the petition now?

Click here to sign the petition: https://everybodyshome.com.au/federal-election-petition/ more

17th April 2019     FLAT OUT TEAM LEADER POSITION
by Flat Out

Flat Out is advertising for a new Team Leader. 

Click here for more information: https://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/FlatOut/team-leader---outreach-support--advocacy

Applications close midnight Sunday 5 May 2019.
Interviews will be held Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Please send applications to Kayla Ta, Executive Officer at kayla@flatout.org.au.
For further information please call 0402 889 836. more

17th April 2019     YOUTH JUSTICE & CONTINUING CARE TEAM LEADER POSITION
by Wombat Housing & Support Service

Wombat Housing & Support Service is seeking a new Team Leader, Youth Justice & Continuing Care.  Applications close on 29 April 2019.  See the attached position description for more information.  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     PART TIME OUTREACH CASE MANAGER
by MOSS

Merri Outreach and Support Service is seeking a part-time, ongoing (3 days pw) Outreach Case Manager (FRMP youth focus) with its Crisis Program based at 279 High Street, Northcote.

Applications close on 14 May.  See the attached position description for more information . more

17th April 2019     OUTREACH CASE MANAGER, MERRI OUTREACH SUPPORT SERVICE
by MOSS

Merri Outreach and Support Service is seeking a full-time, contract (to June 2020 maternity leave) Outreach Case Manager – Low Cost Accommodation Program also based in its Low Cost Accommodation Program at 1 Holmes Street, Northcote.

Applications close at 5pm on 14 May 2019. See the attached position description for more information.  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

2nd April 2019     CONSULTATIONS: ROYAL COMMISSION IN TO MENTAL HEALTH
by Victorian Government

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will hold a series of community consultations across the state beginning next month, encouraging people with mental illness and their carers to have their voices heard.

The Royal Commission’s first community consultation will be in Whittlesea on 5 April, and consultations will continue through May. Click here to find out the consultation dates and to register to attend: https://rcvmhs.vic.gov.au/whats-happening-now?_ga=2.5059891.103695895.1554154951-402366002.1554154951

Too often, our mental health system fails people. The Royal Commission will help us understand the shortcomings in the current system, and provide practical recommendations so Victorians can get the services they need. 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

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

Events

2019April
29 An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours
2019May
7 Making Links Orientation
7 SASHS Open House
14 Brotherhood Talks: The role of the Sustainable Development Goals
2019August
27 National Housing Conference