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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.

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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     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.

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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

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

Events

2019July
2 SHS Team Leadership Training - 2 & 3 July
2019August
27 National Housing Conference
2019October
14 Victorian Homelessness Conference