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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.

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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     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     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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30th March 2019     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

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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

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