CHP eNews 14 May 2015: Federal Budget Confirms NPAH Funding



CHP eNews 2015

14 May 2015

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Federal Budget confirms NPAH funding
The Federal Budget has confirmed that the NPAH will receive $230m over the next two years. However, that amount was not indexed and as a result CHP and the sector is concerned about the effect that will have on service delivery. For more information see the ACOSS and CHFA websites. 

Senate Committee into Affordable Housing: Australia’s housing market not meeting needs
The Senate Committee into Housing Affordability released its report this week. Unsurprisingly the committee found that Australia’s housing market is not meeting the needs of a “significant number of Australians.” The Committee recognised the importance of affordable, secure housing to general wellbeing and made 40 recommendations. They included the creation of a long term national affordable housing plan, and investigations into maintaining rent at sustainable levels. CHP was very pleased to see a number of its recommendations referred to throughout the report.
State Budget 2015-16: support for Innovation Action Projects
Last week the Andrews’ Government released its first Budget. Broadly, it delivers on the majority of pre-election promises in the housing, homelessness and related sectors, and provides a solid grounding for future investment in ending homelessness. CHP looks forward to working with Government on a long-term vision for addressing the housing affordability crisis for vulnerable people. An analysis of what the budget means for the housing and homelessness sector is available on our website.

National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services: grave weaknesses in the system
The National Mental Health Commission has conducted a review of federal mental health programmes and services. The report found there were “grave weaknesses” in the system, stemming from poor investment and spending patterns on mental health by the federal government which led to inefficiency and ineffective service delivery. Significantly, the Review found the current system was difficult to navigate, which is a large barrier to people living with mental illness, their families and carers. Fact sheets on specific topics are also available for download.
Pilot programs for innovative and accessible housing to be trialled under NDIS
Last Friday disability ministers from around Australia met in Melbourne to discuss the next stages of the NDIS roll out. One of the key developments was a commitment to set up a pilot program for accessible housing at the NDIS trial sites. No details were given regarding start dates or timelines. For more information, and updates, can be found on the Every Australian Counts website.
ABC Open to explore Housing Affordability
ABC Open and The Drum are exploring the issue of housing affordability as part of their fortnightly discussion forum. They want to hear from everyday Australians about how housing stress is affecting individuals and their families. If you’re a renter, public housing tenant, homebuyer or investor, share you stories here. Selected stories will appear on The Drum platform. Submissions need to be 300-700 words, and contributors may also be invited to be guests on ABC Radio.
The Yarra Ranges Youth Homelessness Prevention Project Report Launch
Dr Monica Thielking from Swinburne University and Professor Paul Flatau from the University of Western Australia have conducted a study into couch surfing amongst young people. The report, Couch Surfing Students: Yarra Ranges Homelessness Prevention Project will be launched at 12pm Tuesday 2nd June at the Sherbrooke Family & Children’s Centre, 1443 Burwood Highway Upwey. The Honorable James Merlino, Deputy Premier, Member for Monbulk and Minister for Education will open the launch. Please register your interest online. For information phone (03) 9870 4555.
Deadline: specialist homelessness services 3rd quarter data due June 1st 2015
All SHS data files for July 2014 – March 2015 must be loaded and validated by Monday June 1st to ensure all agencies data is included in the AIHW statistical summary reports. For assistance with data collection, SHOR or SHIP please call the AIHW hotline on 1800 627 191, email or visit the website.
Jobactive: are you interested in being a work for the dole host organisation?
Work for the dole is part of the Federal Government’s Jobactive employment services initiative. Not-for-profits, charity groups and local government bodies are host job seekers under the scheme. Interested organisations can attend one of the following information sessions:

  • Monday 18 May 2015 – Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth Street Melbourne (9am to 1pm)
  • Tuesday 19 May 2015 – Best Western Airport Hotel, Attwood (9am to 1pm)
  • Wednesday 20 May 2015 – Karralyka Centre, East Ringwood (9am to 1pm)
  • Thursday 21 May 2015 – Punthill, Dandenong (9am to 1pm)
  • Friday 22 May 2015 – Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre, Taylors Lakes (9am to 1pm)
  • Tuesday 26 May 2015 – Premier Function Centre, Traralgon (9am to 1pm)

To register your interest or find out more information click here.
Toolkit to tackle youth homelessness launched in Canada
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Home Depot Canada Foundation recently launched a toolkit to help communities provide a transitional housing for young people who are homeless or at risk. Based on the Rights of Passage and transitional housing programs run through the Canadian youth homelessness agency Covenant House, the toolkits can be adapted to local needs. The toolkits can be downloaded as a PDF or used online, and are supplemented by a series of short videos.

Reminder: Royal Commission into Family Violence submissions close on 29 May
The Royal Commission into Family Violence is seeking submissions from organisations and individuals with an interest in ending family violence. Given the inextricable link between family violence, homelessness and the chronic shortage of affordable housing, it is imperative that the views of the homelessness and housing sector are given significant consideration by the Royal Commission. The Commission has released an issues paper to guide submissions which can be viewed here. Submission Close on 29 May. If you would like to provide feedback to CHP for our submission to the royal commission please email Sarah Toohey. For more information visit the website, phone 1800 365 100 or email

Grants and opportunities

Call for applications: RACV Community Foundation Grants 2015
The RACV Community Foundation is calling on organisations to apply for grants. Grant requests for up to $20,000 will be considered. The grants focus on mobility and an emphasis is placed on projects targeted to people experiencing disadvantage. For more information on eligibility and deadlines visit the website.
Mercy Foundation Small Grants Program
The Mercy Foundation Small Grants Program is offering grants of up to $5000 for a range of social justice and community initiatives. Priority is given to those activities and projects which focus on addressing the disadvantage of women/children in project areas such as poverty, domestic violence, groups and activities, disability, mental health and addictions. More information is available here.

Myer Community Investment program
Retailer Myer has announced a new program which could see charities receive more than $1 million in funding. The Community Investment Program will see Myer partner with community organisations on projects that will support and empower women and strengthen families.  More information here

In case you missed the news!

CHP Updates

Nominate a colleague for a Victorian Homelessness Achievement Award
Nominations are now open for the Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards 2015, with winners announced at the Victorian conference in October. Take a moment to help us to celebrate the organisations and people who show excellence in working towards an end to homelessness. 
There are seven categories to nominate practitioners, organisations and consumers and the winners will be announced at the CHP conference on 17 September. Nominations close 15th July 2015.

  1. Excellence in ending homelessness among young people
  2. Excellence in ending homelessness among families
  3. Excellence in ending homelessness among adults
  4. Excellence in ending homelessness among older people
  5. Leading practitioner award
  6. The Consumer Achievement Award
  7. The Beth Thomson Lifetime Achievement award

Call for contributions for Parity’s June edition “Dear Landlord: Private Rental and Homelessness”
This edition of Parity will examine the nexus between homelessness and private rental. Issues explored will include the various government policies designed to assist people into private rental, the legislative and policy frameworks governing the regulation of renting and the support frameworks in place to assist tenants maintain and sustain their tenure. If you have any questions about contributing please email the editor. Submissions are due by COB Friday 12th June.


VCOSS Regional Training Program: Shepparton (21/5) and Mildura (4/6) registration now open
The training day is organised around four themes: governance and strategic planning, developing financial capacity, good governance and the characteristics of highly successful community service organisations. Free for VCOSS members and $300 for non-members. More information on the VCOSS Regional Training Program and registration is available here.

Understanding grief & loss through a trauma informed lens
In this session, participants will discuss various types of grief, grief and loss responses and strategies to effectively respond to grief. Participants will also gain an understanding of the loss experiences for survivors of complex trauma and the impact this has on the recovery process.
Date: Friday 22 May 2015
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston
Cost: $180 + GST
To find out more and register, please click here.

CASA House – Working with the Impacts of Sexual Assault training workshop (full day)
This interactive workshop will extend the skills and confidence of those working with victim/survivors of sexual assault who have completed Responding to Sexual Assault training. Participants will actively engage with concepts and strategies consistent with a socio-political understanding of sexual assault. The workshop will strengthen theoretical foundations and practical responses to the trauma of sexual assault. Completion of Responding to Sexual Assault is a prerequisite for this workshop.
Date: Wednesday 27 May 2015
Location: Melbourne CBD
Cost: $140 or $80 for students
More info: go the CASA House website or ring 9635 3600

Challenging behaviours 
MIND Australia is offering free half-day workshops which equip carers of people with mental health conditions with skills for managing challenging behaviours, 10am-1pm: 
Sat 30 May – Cheltenham
Sat 20 June – Hawthorn

CHFV Conference – View to a Room; Planning the future of community housing

Date: 21 May 2015
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Check the CHFV website for more info.

CHP 2015 Victorian Homelessness Conference 
Thursday 17 September & Friday 18 September 2015 – save the date! For more information visit the conference website.

8th ACSO International Criminal Justice Conference 
ASCO invite you to attend the 8th International Criminal Justice Conference. The conference will compare jurisdictions that are building more prisons with those investing in community based diversion. This will be a future shaping forum for those who are passionate about reducing recidivism and diverting people from the criminal justice system. For information contact the conference office via email, phone (03) 9870 2611 or visit the website.
Date: 21 – 23 October 2015
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

National Housing Conference 2015
Opening doors…
Date: Wed 28 – Fri 30 Oct 2015
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth WA
Join us in Perth as AHURI convenes the ninth National Housing Conference in partnership with the Western Australian Department of HousingRegister now to take advantage of the early bird registration fees!

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