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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

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

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.

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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     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     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     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

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