CHP eNews 12 June 2014: Affordable rentals are disappearing from Melbourne suburbs



CHP eNews 2014

12 June 2014

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Number of affordable rentals shrinking
CHP has recently analysed rental affordability data from the Office of Housing that shows that affordable rental properties have all but disappeared from many Melbourne suburbs, including the outer fringe which has long been thought of as offering low-cost housing.
CHP looked at the proportion of affordable retnal lettings by property type since 2000 and found that in 17 metro LGAs the proprtion of affordable rentals has plummeted by 70% – 93%. In 13 LGA’s, there was not a single 1-bedroom rental that would be affordable to someone on a very low income. The full analysis of these alarming trends can be downloaded here or read our blog post on the issue.

Outcome of recommissioned AOD services announced
On Friday 6 June, the Victorian Government announced the completion of the recommissioning of Victoria’s adult non-residential alcohol and drug services.
Twenty-seven organisations or consortia, comprising 83 agencies in all, will deliver adult non-residential services across 16 catchment areas, with $41 million of funding.
Details of the successful providers can be from the website, and more detail in this Ministerial Communique.
CHP will be examining the outcomes of the recommissioning process, and provide analysis in the coming weeks via our new blog.

Victorian Govt announces $30 million family violence funding
On Friday 30 May, the Victorian Government announced an additional $30 million funding for the prevention of and response to family violence.
The $30 million package will:

  • Expand statewide the successful Strengthening Risk Management program that brings together police, the courts, family violence and family services to keep women and children safe;
  • Fast-track support for women and children who have experienced family violence through an enhanced response to police reports and referrals;
  • Expand case management and practical support for women and children fleeing violence; and
  • Evaluate family violence initiatives, including perpetrator interventions, to ensure their effectiveness.

Domestic Violence Victoria and No To Violence welcomed the announcement saying it was “….an important first step in fixing urgent gaps in the family violence service system.”
Fiona McCormack, the CEO of DV Vic, said, “We are encouraged that this announcement has come from the Premier. It is heartening to see his recognition that family violence is completely unacceptable, and one of the state’s major social and economic issues.”
Read the Victorian Government’s media release.
Read the joint Domestic Violence Victoria and No To Violence media release.
Sign up for CHP’s training on working with men who use family violence.

Homelessness Australia wants to know how your service will be affected by the Federal Budget’s proposed welfare changes
HA is doing some work on the potential impact on homelessness services of the welfare changes proposed in the federal Budget. They seek your feedback on :

  • how the proposed changes could affect the mix of people who use your service, and any resulting implications for your existing clients;
  • if you are an emergency relief provider, any planning you are doing to address possible increased demand for that relief.

Please send your comments to Jennifer Clarke, or ring (02) 62477744 to discuss further.

Invitation to Services Connect Information and Consultation sessions
As you may be aware, the Victorian Government is delivering a major transformation program with reforms across many areas of human services delivery. This will include a trial of  Services Connect in the community sector, and DHS will soon be seeking submissions from community agencies. DHS is holding a series of information sessions around metro and regional Victoria on the human services transformation program. To register, go here.

FREE Accredited Training For Health Professionals Responding To ‘ICE’
Odyssey House Victoria is providing accredited two-day Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) training which equips workers with skills to work with individuals experiencing the effects of ATS use. Limited FREE positions are now available. The course is for workers in AOD, health and allied services dealing with clients affected by methamphetamines.
Registration: Please complete the registration form via this link
Further info: Full details of the course are available here. 

Southport Community Housing to purchase  Emerald Street community housing for the elderly
The Victorian Government has allocated $2.3 million for Southport Community Housing Group to purchase 31 one-bedroom units in Emerald St, South Melbourne. The building’s current owner had planned to sell the building, which would have led to the eviction of the elderly tenants who had lived there for a number of years. Southport Community Housing Group proposed the plan to purchase the units and continue their use as affordable housing.

20th Annual Kids Under Cover Umbrella Ball
There’s no place like home!
Date: Saturday 19July 2014
Venue: Palladium, Crown Melbourne
Time: 6.30pm
Bookings: Book by Thursday 3 July online at or call 9429 7444.
Ticket: $265/person; $2335 for a table of 10

AHURI: What impact does a child’s housing on their development and wellbeing?
A recent AHURI research report examines the relationship between housing and children’s outcomes.
Though less important than socio-economic factors, housing plays a signficant role in children’s physical, social/emotional and cognitive outcomes.
The research found that the  children’s social and emotional outcomes were mostly affected by variables such as frequent moves, renting rather than owning and being in financial stress, as these issues are more likely to impact children’s relationships.
Crowding had the largest negative impact on children’s learning outcomes.
The children of sole parents and Indigenous Australians were particularly affected by poor housing. AHURI concludes by saying this suggests there a need to target existing housing assistance programs at these groups and the development of forms of assistance that address their particular needs.
Read the full report here 
AIHW: Children living in areas where social exclusion is high have poorer health
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released research that shows that children who live in small areas with high risk of social exclusion have worse health outcomes.
The rate of preventable hospitalisations and avoidable deaths among 0-14 year olds is higher in areas with high social exclusion, which is measured across socioeconomic circumstances, education, connectedness, housing and health service access. The findings are applicable to both remote and non-remote settings.
Read the full report here.

PESP update
Two of CHP’s PESP members, Vicki and Allan, recently participated in the Moreland City Council’s Moreland Housing Forum. The audience gave feedback that Vicki’s presentation was one of the most useful aspects of the forum, and that Allan’s presentation “introduced many complexities of homelessness, and questions about relationships, employment, variable services.” 

In case you missed the news!

CHP Updates

Membership survey – last chance!
We are mid-way through a major membership review project, the outcome of which will help shape CHP in the coming years.
As part of the review, we’re currently seeking feedback from members and non-members via an online survey. Please provide your feedback by Monday 16 June

Training seminar: working with men use family violence
Workers in the homelessness and related sectors may be working with men who use family violence, through direct support, workign with families or supporting women.
Understanding how to identify and work with men who use family violence is a critical skill for practitioners.
The Council to Homeless Persons and No To Violence, the peak body for the prevention of male family violence, are offering a one-day training course targeted at people working in the homelessness and housing field and allied services such as mental health and AOD. 
Date: 1 July 2014
Time: 9.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Collingwood Library Meeting Room, 11 Stanton Street
Abbotsford, VIC, 3065

Cost: $45 (includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch)
RSVP: To register via eventbrite click here

Call for contributions: June 2014 Parity – ‘Housing, Homelessness and Disability’ edition: call for contributions
Contributions are sought for this edition of Parity, which examines the housing and homelessness issues experienced by people with a disability, and in particular the housing and accommodation options that could be made available as part of the through the planned implementation of the NDIS.
Contributions close on 14 June. More details available here.
Call for contributions: July 2014 Parity ‘Education, Employment, Recreation and Volunteering’
Contributions are sought for the ‘Education, Employment, Recreation and Volunteering’ edition of Parity. This edition will be devoted to the the role that education, employment and other social inclusion activities play in determining life chances, including income, and ultimately access to housing and accommodation.
Contributions close on 10 July. Contribution details can be found here.

Empowering clients and their carers to self care
VICSERV is holding this workshop which equips attendees with strategies and key insights to enable us to empower our clients and carers to self nurture more effectively and sustainably. It includes plans for the care of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. For more information and to register click here.
Date: Monday 16 June 2014
Venue: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria

Understanding psychosocial development and trauma
VICSERV is holding an interactive one-day workshop to explore the major milestones, challenges and strategies for working with individuals at different stages of their psychosocial development. Mental health outcomes arising out of childhood trauma, abuse and neglect will also be considered. For more information and to register click here.
Date: Thursday 26 June 2014
VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria

COTA for older Australians presents: National Policy Forum – Making an Australia for all ages
The reality of a rapidly ageing society is at the centre of current debates on superannuation, workforce participation and the welfare system.
COTA’s National Policy Forum brings together a number of high profile and persuasive thinkers, academics and social commentators to discuss how ready Australia is to take advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges of this demographic change.
Date: Tuesday 22 July
Venue: National Press Club, Canberra
Time: 9am to 5pm
Registration: COTA Members $90 inc GST Non Members $210 incGST
More info is available on the website.

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.

Homelessness Australia Conference – Early Bird registrations close 11 July
Register before 11 July to get the Early Bird rate for the 8th National Homelessness Conference: Complexities & Countermeasures!
Date: 10 – 12 September 2014
Venue: Gold Coast
Cost: Early Bird  HA member – $1195; Early Bird non-HA member – $1295
Further information can be found on the conference website.

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