CHP eNews 13 November 2014: No change to public housing wait list numbers



CHP eNews 2014

13 November 2014

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September public housing waiting list data released
Last week the Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell released the latest quarterly public housing wait list figures which showed little change in the number of people waiting for public housing, with 34,632 waiting in the June quarter and 34,618 in September. Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing of any state or territory, with just 3.4% of all housing stock being social housing (the national average is 5%). Housing 35,000 vulnerable people is already a herculean task, but without a boost to social housing, it is impossible.
With 16 days until the election, we keenly await announcements from all political parties about how they plan to both address the chronic shortage of affordable housing in Victoria, and move people off waiting lists and into affordable, permanent homes.
Our ‘Making Social Housing Work’ plan calls for expenditure of $200 million per year over the next 20 years to create more social housing. View the Minister’s media release here.
Who should take the lead in improving housing affordability?
The Age recently examined Victoria’s ‘forgotten’ renters, highlighting the impact that rising rents and a lack of security of tenure is having on the renting population, particularly the very vulnerable.  There are one million renters in Victoria, a third of them families with children, and yet housing affordability has not emerged as a state election issue. With Melbourne’s median rent sitting at $360 per week, it is almost impossible for people on low incomes to find something affordable in the private rental market.  Last week’s blog discussed things that governments can do to help make housing more affordable and in turn guarantee housing for people on the lowest incomes, including  inclusionary zoning, inclusionary approvals and density bonuses. CHP joined with six other peaks to release the ‘Making Social Housing Work’ plan outlines a number of recommendations for improving the private rental market.
Yarra Community Housing reports a 23% increase in crisis housing requests
YCH last week revealed that demand for crisis accommodation increased 23% last year. CEO, Rob Leslie, said that many people in crisis accommodation do not put themselves on the public housing waiting list because of the long wait times, suggesting that waiting lists don’t represent the true number of people who need public housing. Read the full media release here.

Why should people who are homeless enrol to vote?
The Victorian State Election is on 29 November 2014.
Without having a permanent address, enrolling and voting might seem impossible. However everyone who is 18 + and Australian in our community, has the right to vote, regardless of their living circumstances.
People experiencing homelessness can enrol under a special category, which also means that if they are unable to vote during an election because of their personal circumstances – they will not be fined.
The Victorian Electorate Commission can assist your clients to enrol and vote.
VEC also provide:

  • information sessions about the electoral process for agency workers
  • Posters and Easy English information to display at your agency.

Other resources available include:

  • Workers guide to no fixed address enrolment
  • Easy English Guide to enrolling and voting for people experiencing homelessness
  • No fixed address enrolment form

Infographics – print them, share them, tweet them
The infographics we created for Anti-Poverty Week 2014 have been very popular. As with all CHP content, they are free to use and share through whichever channels you wish – presentations, websites, newsletters, noticeboards. A simple acknowledgement of CHP as the source is all that is required.
How much does it cost to be homeless and couchsurfing?
How much does it cost to be homeless and a single parent?

6th Annual Walk against family violence
Make violence against women and children a thing of the past
Date: Tuesday 25th November
Time: 1pm at Federation Square

Historic 45 Bedroom Residence for Long Term Lease to Registered Charitable Organisation
The Gualtiero Vaccari Foundation invites charitable organisations to register their interest in leasing Casa Elda Vaccari. This heritage listed property in Fitzroy North available for a long term lease (up to 25 years) at a nominal rate for the right not for profit organisation.
The heritage-listed building operated as a 45 bed low-care residential facility accommodating the local Italian community for more than 20 years. Situated at 863 Brunswick Street North, Fitzroy North, the premises are now available for lease. The Gualtiero Vaccari Foundation invites you to develop and submit your proposal to create a new chapter in the future for Casa Elda Vaccari.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) process to identify an appropriate prospective leasing organisation closes on 30th January. Organisations that are listed with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) can register to take part in the EOI process via this page.
Occupancy terms subject to negotiation and approval of the trustees of The Gualtiero Vaccari Foundation.

 A Weekly Women’s Art Group
Living Room holds a weekly women’s art therapy program available to women who may be experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless. All art supplies and refreshments are supplied free of charge.
When: Wednesday’s from 4 – 6pm
Where: The Living Room, Level 3
Why: For you to share a safe creative space where all materials will be provided as well as some food and refreshments.
No bookings needed, just rock up! 
By: Emilie – Art therapist
Download a flier or phone Emilie for more information 9945 2100

Health Time: Taking services to marginalised communities  
Report and DVD launch by David McKenzie, Associate Professor, Swinburne University of Technology
 Health Time programs provide assertive outreach services to people who would otherwise fall through health, housing and support services gaps.
The primary target groups for Health Time programs are people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The Health Time programs are designed flexibly around the needs of their clientele to provide outreach and mainstream service access across the spectrum of health, housing and social services.
Date: Tuesday 25 November
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (parking available at Melbourne Museum)
RSVP: Email Lisa by Thursday 20 November

Women and Mentoring website re-launched
WAM has launched a new website. Women and Mentoring (WAM) is a unique, early intervention program which supports women charged with a criminal offence by matching them individually with a supportive female mentor.

In case you missed the news!






CHP Updates 

CHP Annual General Meeting
At this year’s Annual General Meeting where we’ll be launching a major evaluation of CHP’s PESP program. We’ve also invited housing and homelessness spokespeople from each party to talk about their homelessness policies ahead of the State election.
Date: Wednesday 19 November
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Melbourne City Mission Conference Centre, 24 Tope St, South Melbourne
RSVP:  via eventbrite
The meeting is open for anyone in the sector to attend.

Call for contributions – November 2014 ‘Living in Limbo: Asylum seekers and homelessness’ 

Many asylum seekers on bridging visas living in the community who are waiting until their asylum claims are resolved have little or no access to financial support and assistance. In recent years specialist homelessness services have been seeing increasing numbers of asylum seekers who have sought housing and other forms of assistance. This edition of Parity is devoted to examining the homelessness experienced by asylum seekers and in particular the program and service responses to these issues.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of Friday 14 November.
Contribution details can be found here.

Call for contributions – February 2015: ‘Homelessness Outreach: Reach Out’
Homelessness outreach is now an integral part of the specialist homelessness services system. This edition of Parity will explore the the role of outreach in homelessness service delivery and in a growing number of mainstream welfare service providers.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of Friday 13 February
Contribution details can be found here.

Wodonga Institute of TAFE has released their SHS training calendar for August-December 2014. Wodonga Institute of TAFE are the key provider of training to the Specialist Homelessness Sector offering a range of tailored low cost training programs. Download the calendar here.

Mindfulness in the workplace
Mindfulness is becoming an established discipline within the therapeutic and helping professions and are emerging in educational and school settings. This two day training program focusses on a number of essential techniques to improve your skill set.
Date: 26 to 27 November, 2014, Docklands
To access a flyer click here. To register for the program click here.
VICSERV training: Working Effectively with Clients Considered ‘Complex and Challenging’
This interactive and exploratory workshop is developed for CMMH workers, mental health clinicians and others working with clients considered complex and challenging. This workshop addresses client and system level issues, provides practical, grounded strategies and effective work practices and enhanced processes for decision making around managing risk. For more information and to register
Date: Monday 24 November 2014,
Location: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria.
More info click here.

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care
This workshop will explore how we can all work more supportively – as individuals and organisations – within the context of trauma. Course material will include a balance of different approaches, including both lived experience and professional perspectives. For more information and to register click here.
Date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2014,
Location: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria
Effective Documentation
This one-day workshop will provide practical tips and guidelines for documentation of the care and support provided to consumers, families and carers. There will be a focus on clear documentation according to legislative requirements, organisational policy and procedures and sector best practice.
Date: Thursday 12 February 2015
Location: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria.
For more information and to register click here.

Challenging Responses to Family Violence Conference
This conference will promote opportunities for practitioners, organisations and funding bodies to explore best practice models for the ongoing provision of prevention and support programs for those affected by family violence.
Date: 12-13 November 2014
 Ballarat, Victoria.
 For more information and to register click here.

6th Annual Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
Date: 12-14 November 2014
Location: Albury, Victoria.

The number of Australians experiencing mental health problems in rural and remote areas is estimated to be comparable to major urban centres. However, the rural and remote community faces a greater challenge with limited access to mental health services and support. The Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to those practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. For more information click here, or contact the Symposium Secretariat, Sarah Jones on (61 7) 5502 2068.

Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2015
Hosted by the AHURI Research Centre, the Australasian Housing Researchers is open to all researchers concerned with housing affordability and homelessness, housing policy and planning, housing economics, housing sustainability, and regional, national and international housing markets.
Date: 18-20 February 2015
Location: University of Tasmania, Hobart
More info here.

VAADA conference ‘Evolution: Innovation and reflection in Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector’
Date: 19-20 February 2015
Location: Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne
Registrations and more info:


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