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12th March 2015     OLDER WOMENS'S PATHWAYS OUT OF HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA: REPORT
by Mercy Foundation

The Hon. Anna Bligh, CEO YWCA NSW and Dr Maree Petersen, University of Queensland launched the report "Older women's pathways out of homelessness in Australia". 

There is strong anecdotal evidence that a growing group of people becoming homeless in Australia are women aged over 55.

The Mercy Foundation commissioned a research report from the University of Queensland to investigate this issue and look at possible solutions to the problem. Dr Maree Petersen and Dr Cameron Parsell undertook the research. Dr Petersen will be present at the official launch. more

12th March 2015     NEW AP TO BLOCK BULLYING
by Kerrys Computer Inc

A new app designed to stop and report bullies is set to take off on mobile phones around the world.

BullyBackOff is a password protected mobile phone app with built in settings to block and report messages classed as threatening. It sends out a strong message that the threatening behaviour will not be tolerated.

Versions are available for adults and children. more

27th February 2015     NATIONL SHELTER PEAKS CAMPAIGN
by National Shelter

Funded housing peaks critical to consultation processes  

National Shelter are continuing their campaign to stop federal government cuts to the voice of vulnerable people in the housing system. They recently appeared before the Senate Economics Committee to stress the importance of funded peaks in strong consultation processes.

National Shelter, CHFA and Homelessness Australia all face withdrawal of funding at 30 June this year. Without funded peaks, people who are vulnerable in or excluded from the housing system will be without a voice in the housing and homelessness policy decisions which have fundamental impacts on their lives.
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27th February 2015     NEW IPHONE APPLICATION TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERSTAND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS
by The Age Newspaper

There is a new free  iPhone app  called imatter  which was created by Doncare to help young people understand respectful relationships and provides information and support to young people around family violence. 

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27th February 2015     WOMEN'S HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM: WEEKLY OUTREACH CLINIC
by Homeless Law

Homeless Law is commencing a weekly outreach clinic for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness on:

8 April 2014. Free call 1800 606 313 for legal assistance.

The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project (WHPP) is an initiative of Justice Connect's
Homeless Law service.

WHPP provides a weekly outreach clinic, staffed by pro bono lawyers at a central CBD location on Tuesdays.  more

23rd February 2015     SINGLE SESSION FAMILY CONSULTATIONS AND SINGLE SESSION WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES - MELBOURNE
by Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP)

FRMP is very pleased to be able to offer this training to the homelessness sector, in partnership with the Bouverie Centre, on single session work with young people and families. This training will be offered three times in Melbourne and five times in rural Victoria, with eight reflective practice sessions offered as follow up for training participants. Learnings from the training will be consolidated at the next FRMP Conference, currently scheduled for March 2015. more

13th February 2015     WOMENS' EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM IN THE WEST
by VincentCare

The Women's Early Intervention Program offers case managed support to single women over 18 who are at risk of losing their tenancy. 


The person may present with a range of issues including:
Multiple and complex needs such as:
•Alcohol and Other Drugs
•Mental Health
•Legal
•General health
•Emotional Wellbeing
•Breakdown in coping skills threatening their capacity to live independently more

10th February 2015     INFORMATION FOR SEPARATING PARENTS
by Family Dispute Resolution

Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) can help families who are separating and want to resolve issues around arrangements for their children by creating opportunity for parents to discuss how they can best continue to parent while maintaining a focus on their child or children’s best interests. more

23rd January 2015     MULTIPLE FAMILIES LIVING TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE RENT
by The Age

Multiple families are cramming into single homes in Melbourne's suburbs because they cannot afford the rent by themselves.

This comes as a rising number of Victorian renters worry about losing their homes, in a real estate market where the median metropolitan rent has hit $365 a week.

In the past financial year, about 30,000 private renters asked the state's homelessness agencies for financial help to stay in their home – an annual increase of almost 30 per cent, the Council to Homeless Persons said.
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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/multiple-families-living-together-because-they-cant-afford-the-rent-20150120-12tjgp.html more

21st January 2015     CHP MEDIA RELEASE
by Council to Homeless Persons (CHP)

CHP Media release

High rents pushing more renters to brink of homelessness Wednesday 21 January http://chp.org.au/news-and-events/media-releases/21-january-high-rents-pushing-more-renters-to-brink-of-homelessness/ more

15th January 2015     REFORM OF FEDERATION ISSUES PAPER 2: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
by Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Australian Government would like as many people as possible to think about how our federal system of government can be improved, particularly in relation to roles and responsibilities in housing and homelessness. To this end  Reform of Federation Issues paper 2: Roles and Responsibilities in Housing and Homelessness has been developed.

This paper is one of several issues papers that will inform the Green and White Papers on the Reform of the Federation. more

23rd December 2014     HOMELESSNESS AUSTRALIA AND OTHER PEAK BODIES DEFUNDED AFTER 30 JUNE 2015
by Western Homlessness Network Coordinator

News has just broken that our National Peak Bodies (Homelessness Australia, National Shelter, Community Housing Federation Australia and Financial Counselling Australia) have been advised this week that they will lose their funding from 30 June. 

The Electoral Office phone number for the new Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison is 02) 9523 0339.

Sad news just before Christmas, significantly reducing our capacity to represent the voices of people who are homeless and/or experiencing family violence at the federal level. more

11th December 2014     AHURI REPORT: CHANGES IN THE SUPPLY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE PRIVATE RENTAL SECTOR FOR LOWER INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, 2006–11
by AHURI

This is the first publication from a project that investigated the supply of, and demand for, private rental dwellings affordable to lower income households in 2011 and compared this with the situation in 2006. more

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