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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

24th January 2019     MATERIAL AID GUIDE
by North and West Children's Resource Coordinators

See the attached guide to some material aid options in Melbourne. more

24th January 2019     HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN VICTORIA
by Dr Kate Raynor for the Parliament of Victoria

This paper has been produced for the Parliament of Victoria to outline the impact of a changing housing market is impacting on the way Victorians live. 

This paper provides insights into housing affordability and housing stress in Australia, and specifically in Victoria, over the last decade.

In particular:

  • Victoria's population is growing rapidly and is increasingly urbanised;
  • More people are renting;
  • Fewer young people are entering home ownership and they are doing it later;
  • Housing is becoming more unaffordable; and
  • More people are experiencing housing stress and taking on greater debt burdens.
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24th January 2019     WALK IN HER SHOES TOUR

The 'Walk in her Shoes' tours aim to provide participants with a sense of the experience of applying for an intervention order and the court process involved, including an understanding of the support services available at court. Tours are being offered at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and the Sunshine Magistrates' Court. Bookings are essential.

Melbourne Magistrates' Court dates:
5th Feb, 5th Mar, 9th Apr, 7th May, 4th Jun, 9th Jul, 8th Aug,
3rd Sep, 8th Oct, 12th Nov, 3rd Dec
Contact Emma Taylor on 9628 7774 or Emma.Taylor@courts.vic.gov.au

Sunshine Magistrates' Court dates:
15th Feb, 5th Apr, 21st Jun, 16th Aug, 25th Oct, 6th Dec
Contact Karen Field on 9300 6274 or karen.field@courts.vic.gov.au more

24th January 2019     NEW SPECIALIST HOMELESSNESS SERVICES TRAINING CALENDAR
by Wodonga TAFE

The new CHP/Wodonga Tafe training schedule for the homelessness sector has been released.

Here is a link to all new training courses/dates:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/wodonga-institute-of-tafe-2440708194 more

24th January 2019     HOARDING AND SQUALOR RESOURCES
by Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network

Below is a link to a hoarding and squalor resource put together by Maroondah Hoarding and Squalor Network. Their website, while focused on services in the east, has some useful information and links as well:
http://www.hoardingsqualormaroondah.org.au/ more

5th November 2018     NEW HOMELESSNESS FACT SHEETS
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

What are the leading causes of homelessness in Australia?
How much has homelessness among over 55's grown in a decade?
What's the most common type of homelessness?


CHP has updated homelessness fact sheets available, incorporating the latest data from the 2016 Census and the AIHW SHS Collection. 

Get them here:
Homelessness in Australia
Homelessness in Victoria
Homelessness and Older Australians 

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5th November 2018     STAYINN COBURG: INSIDE MELBOURNE'S WORST REVIEWED HOTEL
by Rohan Smith in news.com.au

RUBBISH piles up inside rooms at a motel in Melbourne’s north and visitors rarely open their doors. When they do, they reluctantly hand over rent.

The reviews are devastatingly honest.

“This place is junky city … never staying in this flea invested (sic) sh*t box they call a motel,” reviewer Kyle Windebank wrote.

“Terrible place. Police there every day. Other residents all druggies. Would not stay again,” Richard Williams wrote.

“If you would like to visit the worst hotel on the planet, here you are,” Michael Johnson wrote.

This is the StayInn Motel in Coburg, 11km north of the Melbourne CBD. In July last year, it was the site of a shooting when an argument over money spiralled out of control. A new documentary from the team at VICE saw filmmakers spend four months at the motel exploring the reasons behind the negative reviews and the characters who call it “home” — in the truest sense of the word.

Though the StayInn still functions as a commercial motel, it also functions as crisis accommodation, offering rooms to those who need it most.

To watch the documentary, click hereThe Stay Inn will also air on SBS VICELAND later in November. To read the full article click here. more

11th October 2018     SHADOW FEDERAL MINISTER FOR HOUSING PROMOTES INCLUSIONARY ZONING
by Western Homelessness Networker

Senator the Hon Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing, outlined yesterday Labor's housing policy for the forthcoming Federal election. Senator Cameron was speaking at a consulation on women, housing and homelessness, organised by Ged Kearney MP, Member for Cooper. 

Senator Cameron strongly endorsed the mandating of inclusionary zoning in new private developments, citing inclusionary zoning rates as high as 50% in London.  Senator Cameron also identified that the Labor Government will be focussing on the creation of housing options for older women and for young people leaving care. 

He also promoted an end to negative gearing and capital gains tax, a uniform vacancy tax, improved planning arrangements, support for the bond aggregator, with the additional of payments to address the gap between the development of community housing and the rent that someone in receipt of Centrelink payments can pay. 

Senator Cameron also identified that, if elected, the Labor Government would re-establish the Housing Supply Council and a National homelessness peak body.  more

11th October 2018     BEYOND 18 LONGITUDINAL REPORT ON YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING CARE
by Beyond 18

Beyond 18 Wave 1 report now available!

If you want to read about the first wave of Beyond 18 surveys, you can find the report here.

This first research report uses data from the first wave of surveys to focus on young people's preparations for transition from out-of-home care.

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11th October 2018     50 LIVES 50 HOMES HOUSING FIRST PROJECT
by Australian Policy Online

The 50 Lives 50 Homes project (hereafter referred to as 50 Lives) is a Housing First and collective impact response to ending homelessness in Perth, and the first of its kind in Western Australia. The project commenced in 2015 and takes a collaborative approach to house and provide support for Perth’s most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.

This second evaluation report describes the progress to date of the 50 Lives project in relation to housing and supporting vulnerable rough sleepers.

Click here for a link to the article and report more

8th August 2018     HOMELESSNESS WEEK STALL IN NORTHERN HOSPITAL
by Northern Homelessness Networker

The DPV Health Homelessness Team, with support from Whittlesea Community Connections and Have Home Safe Preston, have run an information stall at Northern Hall all week.

The stall will be open until 4pm on Friday 9 August. more

1st December 2017     SUPPORT AND SAFETY HUBS STATEWIDE CONCEPT PAPER
by NIFVs

Support and Safety Hubs Statewide Concept Paper


The Statewide Concept for Support and Safety Hubs, was released  recently by the Victorian Government. The Concept outlines design features of the Hubs, including access pathways and key functions.

The next stage will be the development of the practice framework, operational model and management and government structures. These will be informed by statewide and local co-design.

 A local Hub establishment group will be developed in the coming month to establish a launch site in the North-East Melbourne area. more more

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