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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     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.

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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

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     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     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

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

Events

2019August
27 National Housing Conference
2019October
14 Victorian Homelessness Conference