CHP eNews 2017
10 August 2017
Ending chronic homelessness: A Permanent Supportive Housing solution
As Sydney grapples with a surge in CBD rough sleeping, it was encouraging to hear their Lord Mayor insist that shutting down the encampment wouldn’t solve the problem unless there was appropriate housing to accommodate the rough sleepers. But as we know, ending chronic homelessness involves more than just putting a roof over someone’s head.
The recent situational appraisal of rough sleeping released by Tony Nicholson identified a dire need for more intensive and effective support for highly vulnerable people who secure social housing. Securing housing for people with very complex needs is only half the challenge. Keeping them housed with long-term support tailored to their needs is equally critical.
In Victoria there is currently no system which provides flexible and long-term support to people with complex needs, and those that do exist are time limited. CHP has proposed addressing the gap by building Permanent Supportive Housing capacity within Victoria. The approach would feature portable, flexible long-term support able to move with people irrespective of housing type, and would focus on rough sleeping hot spots in the outer suburban and regional areas. The proposal is outlined in this position paper Ending chronic homelessness: A permanent supportive housing solution.
ABC TV took interest in this proposal, incorporating it into a story about the rise of rough sleeping in outer suburban and regional areas.
End the Housing Crisis: 100,000 Homes
To mark the beginning of Homelessness Week 2017 (7-13 August), yesterday CHP joined with national and State homelessness peaks in Sydney to launch the 100K Homes campaign, which calls on the Federal Government to fund 100,000 new public and community housing properties for low income earners, over the next five years. Proving housing that people on low incomes can afford is the single most important thing we can do to reduce homelessness.
The campaign has already attracted solid media coverage, including ABC TV, online news sites, and local news. Sign and share the 100K Homes petition and use the #100kHomes hashtag.
MPs follow Jason’s homelessness journey
As part of Homelessness Week a group of State MPs were lead on a Homelessness Walking tour by our PESP member, Jason. We were delighted to have ABC 774 Drive program join this tour, with video of the walk uploaded to the ABC Facebook page. Jason is a Melbourne Street to Home success story, providing an excellent opportunity to talk to MPs about the importance of Permanent Supportive Housing. Homelessness Walking Tours can be booked by request by contacting Cassandra Bawden.
‘Hidden’ homelessness videos
We’ve released five videos featuring five different stories of #homelessness. With the intense focus on rough sleeping, it’s important to raise community awareness of ‘hidden’ forms of homelessness. ABS data indicates 95% of people experiencing homelessness are not on the streets. These five videos explore the experience of living in rooming houses, crisis accommodation, couchsurfing and sleeping in cars. Click the thumbnails below, or visit our YouTube channel.
Rise in older women couchsurfing as private rental squeezes them out
Couchsurfing among older women has almost doubled in four years according to analysis of Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data undertaken by CHP. Last year 1,618 women aged 50+ presented at homelessness services who were couchsurfing; an 83% rise in four years. Older women sleeping in cars has also risen drastically, with 75% more women over 50 found to be sleeping in their cars last year compared to 2012-13. The face of the 100,000 Homes campaign is Christine, aged 53, who found herself sleeping on the floor of a friend’s spare room after a marriage breakdown. Christine was not a priority for public housing, and was unable to find a private rental she could afford on a single income.
Traditionally ‘cheap’ areas for rent are increasingly out of reach for low income households
Recent analysis of DHS rent data by CHP has shown that traditionally cheap areas for rent in Melbourne’s outer suburbs have suffered the greatest declines in affordability over the last 10 years. The top 15 worst metro LGAs for declining affordability are almost all in the outer suburban ring, including Frankston, Dandenong, Casey, Brimbank and Hume. Read the Herald Sun report on the rental crisis.
Homelessness Week Highlights
Suffice to say that this Homelessness Week has been a resounding success. We’ve been thrilled to see the huge range of events and initiatives involving not just the sector, but decision makers, consumers and the community. There’s not room to list all the highlights, so we’ve put together a HW2017 Highlights reel on Twitter. Check it out and remember – the week isn’t over yet, so please, keep the tweets and photos coming with #HW2017!
Money minded workshops
Money Minded is a program delivered by Spectrum. They are holding 2-hour workshops, which will assist people to:
- create an in-depth budget
- receive assistance to reduce the cost of bills and understand paperwork, NILS loans, contracts, financial risk and
- access affordable credit and receive assistance to reach savings goals
Money minded is seeking expressions of interest. Please contact Jordan if you have a client who is interested, and want to find out more.
AFL players support #HW2017
AFL players have joined forces with Ladder for National Homelessness Week. Players from across the AFL and AFLW have featured in a video series that will help raise awareness of youth homelessness. To view the videos, please visit ladder.org.au.
Parity – Call for contributions
The September 2017 edition of Parity “Current issues in housing tenure” is now open for contributions. This edition aims to examine the range of tenancy issues that impact on the ability of people, particularly people attempting to exit or at risk of homelessness, to sustain their tenancies. Contributions close 9 September 2017. Download the flyer here.
Contributions are also still open for the August 2017 “The Future of National Homelessness Policy” edition of Parity and close Friday 11 August 2017. Download the August call for contributions flyer or contact Noel Murray for further details.
Parity in Tassie
The July edition of Parity: Poverty and Homelessness: The Elephant in the Room, was launched in Tasmania on 4 August, with keynote speaker John Falzon.
The poverty edition of Parity includes an interview with Dr Catherine Robinson, Social Researcher at Anglicare Tasmania and co-host of the recent SBS ‘Filthy Rich and Homeless’ series. In the interview, entitled Poverty or Pedagogy? Dr Robinson gives a frank account of her time working on the SBS series.
View this edition’s full list of articles and contributors here. Subscribe to Parity here.
Victorian Homelessness Conference | 13 & 14 Sept
The conference program is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and varied yet. This week, we’re thrilled to announce a panel discussion in partnership with the Victorian Indigenous Statewide Homelessness Network
Panel: Aboriginal homelessness: Strengthening cultural responses and improving outcomes
What are we doing well around prevention, early intervention, and tenancy sustainment with Aboriginal consumers, and where do we need service reform?
Facilitator: Dan Laws, Ngwala Willumbong
Jamie Waring, Wadamba Wilam, NEAMI
Karen Derschow, Southern Metro, Ngwala Willumbong
Faye Chapman, Child and Family Services Ballarat
Book your place today.
Victorian Housing Register Information Sessions
The Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) are holding a series of information sessions around the state to inform stakeholders about the next phase of implementation of the Victorian Housing Register. The sessions will cover:
- Overview of the Victorian Housing Register – including structure and types of housing
- How the Register will be implemented in phase 2
- Enabling legislation to operate the Register
- Information sharing arrangements charter, and more.
Online application demonstration – for any participants who would like to know ‘how to’ use the online application form to register applicants onto the register, a demonstration will take place after the information session.
Download the calendar of information sessions and find your nearest session.
Specialist Homelessness Sector Training – What’s on in August 2017.
15 August – Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP)
25 August – Strength Based Practice
31 August – Introduction to Homelessness and Social Housing (2 days)
4 September – Promoting recovery: understanding complex trauma and trauma-informed practice (1 day)
For bookings and more info, download the flier: Wodonga TAFE
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