CHP eNews 13 July: One month until Homelessness Week #HW17


CHP eNews 2017

13 July 2017

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Countdown to Homelessness Week #HW17
With just one month until Homelessness Week (7-13 August), it’s time to lock in your plans for this year’s national week of action and awareness-raising. 

#HW2017 #endhomelessness  
Homelessness Australia and CHP have produced a Digital Supporter Kit  and Event Kit to help you plan get behind Homelessness Week. We’re encouraging services to get political by inviting their local State or Federal MP to visit to the service and talk to them about homelessness in their electorate. Homelessness Week falls on a Parliamentary sitting week, so we suggest inviting MPs to visit the week before. We’ve has produced a template letter to send to MPs and also a template media release which you can send to your local newspaper to let them know about your #HW17 activity. We are currently working with the Leader newspaper group to generate local media coverage for Homelessness Week. Let Lanie Harris know if have an event you’d like listed in your local Leader.
Don’t forget to register details of your HW events on the Homelessness Australia #HW17 calendar.

City of Melbourne bylaws vote POSTPONED
The decision on proposed bylaws banning camping in the CBD has been postponed. Melbourne City Councillors were due to vote on the proposed bylaws on 25 July, but it is now likely to happen in September (date TBC). 
This will give the Council more time to consider the Human Right implications of such bylaws, and also for Council and services to continue to explore initiatives and responses to the rough sleeping crisis that don’t involve laws (see the 14-point proposal endorsed by 54 organisations). Lend your support to the #KeepYourHeart Melbourne campaign to help influence the outcome of this important issue.

Melbourne’s rental affordability plunges to historic lows
The latest DHHS rent report shows that Melbourne’s rental affordability is the worst on record, with just 5.7% of all rentals in Melbourne affordable to someone on a low income. Put simply, today 1-in-20 rentals in Melbourne are affordable to someone on a low income compared to five years ago when 1-in-5 were affordable.

As a sector, we are well aware that behind the homelessness crisis is a chronic shortage of affordable housing for people on low incomes, both in the private market and public and community housing. Despite a shrinking pool of rentals being affordable for low-income earners, successive Governments have allowed Victorian social housing housing stocks to fall to the lowest on record, at just 3.52% in 2017/18. Recent State investment under Homes for Victorians is promising, and will deliver 6,000 social housing properties in the coming five years. In the context of 35,000 Victorians waiting for public housing, more action is needed at both State and Federal level to address the housing crisis in all parts of the market.

Changes to Federal housing taxation would allow more people to buy their first home, freeing up rental properties for those on low incomes, and reducing pressure on social housing. Direct investment in social housing plus better use of planning mechanisms (such as Inclusionary Zoning) is needed to boost the social housing to at least 4% of all housing stock. This week’s blog examines the issue more closely.

#KeepYourHeart update
We have released a new YouTube video for the #keepyourheart campaign which features the story of Courtney, who cycled in and out of homelessness, including sleeping rough. 1-in-5 rough sleepers are under 25. The #keepyourheart campaign aims to persuade the City of Melbourne Councillors to vote down proposed bylaws banning camping in the CBD. 

Also worth a watch is this excellent ABC News story about the futility of fining people for behaviour related to their homelessness, such as parking fines for those who sleep in their car.

Trauma and Homelessness: A position statement from Sacred Heart Mission
Trauma can be both a cause and consequence of homelessness, but recovery from trauma is entirely possible. It takes time, support, community and stable housing. Sacred Heart Mission has released a position paper about Trauma and Homelessness
To explore the topic in-depth, Sacred Heart Mission is holding a live question and answer session between Executive Director Client Services Stephen Schmidtke and Connections Practice Leader Tymur Hussein, on July 28 from 12pm on Facebook.

Rooming House Outreach program saved
The Victorian Government has announced it will extend funding for TUV’s Rooming House Outreach Program for two years. This is good news for rooming house residents and the homelessness sector as a whole. Read TUV’s media release here.

CHP’s top picks

Visit CHP’s what’s on page for more events and information. 

 CHP updates

Parity – Call for contributions 
The August 2017 “The Future of National Homelessness Policy” edition of Parity
While the funding framework for the NHHA has apparently been set, the details of the agreement are still to be worked out. In this context, you are invited to contribute an article to the August edition of Parity magazine: The Future of Homelessness Policy. Contributions must be submitted by Friday 11 August 2017. Download the Call for contributions flyer or contact Noel Murray for further details. 

Current Parity edition: NDIS, Housing and Homelessness edition
View this edition’s full list of articles and contributors here. Subscribe to Parity here.


$200,000 to build resilience and capability for people experiencing homelessness
Community Sector Banking has announced its annual Social Investment Grants Program, with this year’s theme being building resilience and capability for people who are experiencing homelessness or domestic and family violence. Not-for-profits are invited to apply for grants totalling $200,000.
Download the fact sheet for the Social Investment Grants Program, and get your applications in by 4 August.
Conferences and events

Victorian Homelessness Conference | 13-14 September 
Just one week to take advantage of Early Bird rates!

We are excited to announce that we’ve locked in a very special guest speaker for a keynote address on Trauma and adolescent family violence: Delivering better homelessness responses.
Dr. Anita Morris, Principal Family Violence Practitioner, will explore the complexities  of young people who using violence in the home who are often both victims and perpetrators of violence. How can we both protect family members and best support young people with complex behaviour? Book your place today and take advantage of Early Bird rates which end on 20 July.  

Victorian Homelessness Awards – nominations close 4 August
There are 4 weeks until nominations close for the Victorian Homelessness Awards. The award categories are: 

Strength in the Difference Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum
The full program has been released for the upcoming Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum taking place in Melbourne.
Date: 30 August – 1 September
Download the full programme here or register here now to save $200 with the early-bird.
Sessions include:

  • Minister Fiona Richardson shares Victoria’s plan for change
  • FV Survivors’ Session: Breaking the cycle of violence – a Personal Perspective
  • Elders Consultation: Engaging the community – men and women to overcome indigenous FV
  • Police Liaison Officers Panel: Bridging the gap between Police and community
  • Outcome focused session: Working and engaging with Men
  • Community partnerships: collaboration for a more effective DV support system

Specialist Homelessness Sector Training – What’s on in August 2017.
14 August – Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP)
15 August – Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP)
25 August – Strength Based Practice
31 August – Introduction to Homelessness and Social Housing (2 days)
Bookings and more info on the Wodonga TAFE website

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