CHP eNews 1 May 2014: State budget countdown… homelessness services await news on funding



CHP eNews 2014

1 May 2014

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CHP’s State Budget wish list
The Victorian State budget will be released next week on Tuesday 6 May. In CHP’s 2014-15 pre-budget submission, we called on the State Government to invest $216 million over four years in programs that:

  • Provide streamlined access to make sure people can find the assistance they need, when they need it = $7.2m
  • Target prevention to stop people losing their homes and guarantee housing for 400 new young people leaving out of home care every year = $29m
  • Assist 5,287 people a year in crisis accommodation, staying temporarily with other households and other temporary accommodation to get back into housing fast and build the supports they need to remain housed = $118.4m
  • Deliver permanent supportive housing to secure long term affordable housing and for people who have experienced long term homelessness = $54.4m
  • Make sure mainstream services can to help prevent homelessness for occurring and recurring= $7.2m

With a growing demand for homelessness services, we are hopeful that the State Government will see the need for increased funding to bolster our sector.

What is rapid re-housing? A plain-speak fact sheet.
As part of ongoing efforts to put into plain English some of the policy issues that we advocate for, we have produced a fact sheet on Rapid re-housing. Rapid re-housing is premised on a ‘housing first’ philosophy, which prioritises getting people into housing as soon as possible, so they can address the issues that contributed to their homelessness.  This requires both financial assistance to set up a tenancy and time limited rent subsidies. There is international and emerging local evidence that shows rapid re-housing is effective in ending homelessness for many households.

Trauma levels are greater for LT homeless: Sacred Heart research
A new study by Sacred Heart Mission has found that trauma levels are far greater for peopel who have experiences long-term homelessness than the general community. The study also identified a cyclical relationship between trauma exposure, mental health difficulties, social disadvantage and long-term homelessness which explains how some people get trapped in a cycle.
Lead author, Associate Professor Meaghan O’Donnell says that only about 4% of people in the general Australian community experience a traumatic event more than four times in their lives. But that figure was 97% for study participants.The researchers have subsequently produced a framework for trauma-informed practice together with a worker guidebook, which can be downloaded here.

An evaluation of the nature and effectiveness of models of supportive housing
AHURI has recently published a Positioning Paper which examines supportive housing in Australia as a response to rough sleeping and chronic homelessness.
It focuses on two distinct models: the Common Ground model of congregated housing with onsite support and social services, and scattered-site supportive housing models where a various range of support services are provided by alliance organisations through outreach services.
As part of its pre-budget submission, CHP called on the State Government to invest $14 million per year over four years in a Permanent Supported Housing program that would see the creation of 400 new homes for rough sleepers, complemented by ongoing support to address the cause of the person’s homelessness. The details of CHPs Permanent Supported Housing policy can be found on page 8 of the pre-budget submission.

DHS Sector Briefing – National Regulatory System for Community Housing
At a DHS Sector Forum in February it was decided that Victoria would not participate in the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. DHS has produced a briefing note outlining the reasons for this decision. Registered housing agencies in Victoria have assets in excess of $2.5 billion on their balance sheets – the highest level of asset ownership by community housing agencies in Australia.
The decision not to participate in the NRSCH is believed to better protect Victoria’s investment in community housing. Victoria will instead make administrative changes to align Victoria’s performance assessment and reporting requirements with the National Regulatory Code (NRC).
StreetSmart DineSmart Community Grants announced
StreetSmart recently announced the recipients of its most recent Community Grants distribution. Dozens of Victoria homelessness services received DineSmart Community Grants including Zena Women’s Services, WRISC Family Violence, Loddon Mallee Homelessness Network, Bethlehem Community and Flat Out.
A full list of Victorian recipients can be found here.

In case you missed the news!

The Age Snapshot of affordable housing around the country reveals a bleak picture Wednesday 30 April

The Age State’s public housing worsens, with more joining queue  Friday 25 April

The Age The brutal price of domestic violence Sunday April 27

Preston Leader  Rentals out of reach Tuesday 29 April



CHP Updates

May 2014 Parity: ‘Housing Insecurity and Homelessness’ edition
Contributions are sought for theHousing Insecurity and Homelessness edition of Parity.
Contributions close on 16 May. More details available here.
PESP Update
We are proud to announce that all seven PESP members have now completed the 8-week training program. This week Bill presented to a group of trainees in a Wodonga TAFE ‘Introduction to Homelessness’ course about mental health and homelessness.

Surviving or Thriving? Older Victorians at risk of homelessness
The surviving or thriving forum is hosted by the Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and is designed to discuss the current state of older person’s housing the needs of older people who are at risk of homelessness. The Forum will be opened by the Hon Minister Wendy Lovell, and feature the latest academic research on older people and homelessness.
Date: Thursday 5 June
Venue: Victoria University, City Flinders Campus, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street
Cost: Early bird: $55; Regular: $70
For more information, download the flier or email Kaye.
Walk for Justice – 13 May
Justice Connect invites you to join the annual Walk for Justice to celebrate National Pro Bono Day and Law Week, and to raise much-needed funds for the work of Justice Connect.
The Walk for Justice in Melbourne will focus attention on the work of the Homeless Law program and the Women’s Homelessness Prevention Program, which aims to prevent women and their children from becoming homeless
Date: Tuesday 13 May
Location: 7.30am @ Parliament House steps

Working with the Person who is Suicidal (PreSAP) – An Introductory Workshop
The Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP) a project of Flat Out is running this program for  legal and non-legal advocates and community members. The sessions have a focus on increasing our capacity to undertake individual and systemic advocacy that upholds the rights of criminalised and incarcerated people.  In particular, they reflect our concern with the nexus between homelessness, drug and alcohol use and criminalisation.
Date: Wednesday 4 June
Time:  9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Melbourne
Cost: $40
For more information, please contact Phoebe on (03) 9372 6155 or go to the Flat Out website.

Managing stress in the community services environment
This workshop explores stress and its signs and symptoms, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, strategies for managing stress, reflective practice, and identifying possible sources of professional support.By Wodonga Institute of TAFE
Date: Friday 23 May
Venue: Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne
Bookings: Click here.

VCOSS Summit: Setting the agenda
Finding smarter, better and fairer ways to address Victoria’s social and economic challenges must be on the agenda for the 2014 State Election and beyond.
The VCOSS Summit is bringing  together leaders and strategic thinkers from the community sector, government, business, and the media to explore the big issues facing our state and how we can better address disadvantage.
Date: Friday 30 May
Time: 9:00am – 4.30pm
Venue: ZINC at Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: $165 (members) $330 (non-members)
Tickets and more info available via EventBrite 

ACOSS National Conference – Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond
The ACOSS National Conference connects people in the community sector, along with business and government, to discuss the latest directions, ideas and action to address poverty and inequality in Australia.
Date: 11 & 12 June 2014
Venue: Brisbane
For registrations and program information, go to the conference website or download the flier.

13th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference – Families in a rapidly changing world
Date: 30 July – 1 August
The AIFS conference will showcase cutting-edge research on topical issues relating to how families are adjusting to a rapidly changing world. It will outline key policy priorities for advancing the wellbeing of Australian families.
Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre
More information at the conference website.

8th National Homelessness Conference: Complexities & Countermeasures
At this biennial conference front-line providers, academics, governments and agencies and those with a lived experience of homelessness will connect to identify the multiple and interwoven causes of homelessness, unpack the elements of successful programs, policies and practices, and seek ways these can be applied to prevent and end homelessness.
Date: 10 – 12 September 2014
Venue: Gold Coast
Further information can be found on the conference website




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