CHP eNews 16 November: 3 Days to Register for our AGM

CHP eNews 2017
16 November 2017

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Council to Homeless Persons 2017 AGM

You are warmly invited to CHP’s Annual General Meeting on Monday 20 November at the Richmond Town Hall from 2pm.

We’re very excited to have Senator the Hon. Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, as our Guest Speaker. Senator Cameron is expected to address the current and likely future of national homelessness and housing policy. We’ll also be releasing our 2018 budget submission, graduating the hard working PESP team and, having some celebratory drinks.

Book here to join us at Richmond Town Hall
Date: Monday 20 November, 2.00 – 4.30pm

Complete the CHP Communications survey, win a $100 Readings Gift Card

At CHP we do a lot of communication with our members and networks and we want to be sure that the information we provide, and the way that we provide it, serve you in the best possible way.

This 5-minute survey will help us understand how we can better communicate with people and organisations in the homelessness sector. There’s also a chance to win a $100 gift card from Readings

Your thoughts and feedback are incredibly valuable to us and we would greatly appreciate your time in completing the survey.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

Vacant Residential Property Tax to come into effect
More detail has been made available on Victoria’s new vacant residential property tax, announced as part of Homes for Victorians (the Victorian Government’s housing strategy).

The tax will only apply to 16 inner and middle local government areas in Melbourne, and will only apply to properties that are vacant for six months in the year, and exemptions exist for certain holiday homes, homes kept for work purposes, and deceased estates. Importantly, the tax requires owners to self-report that their property is liable for taxation, though monitoring will take place.

As the Premier said “we don’t want this measure to raise a cent – we just want these empty houses filled with families”. CHP welcomes this measure, which has long been called for by consumer advocates.

CHP submission on the Public Housing Renewal Program

Council to Homeless Persons responded last week to the parliamentary inquiry into the public housing renewal program. CHP’s submission (which you can read here) was largely supportive of the public housing renewal program, recognising that it forms part of a larger Victorian Government housing strategy, and also that many of the properties slated for renewal are currently in unacceptably poor condition.

While broadly supportive of the program, CHP called for true ‘salt and pepper’ interspersal of public housing among the proposed private stock, as well as for prioritising development of green and shared spaces on these sites to deliver great amenity.

Marriage equality survey result returns a ‘YES’ vote
We doubt you missed it but just in case; the results of the marriage equality survey have been released, with a majority supporting ending discrimination. The #VoteYes campaign was widely supported throughout the SHS sector, in no small part because of the insidious link between trans and homophobic discrimination, and homelessness.

Despite the outcome, we encourage anyone feeling overwhelmed to reach out and speak to someone.

2018 PESP recruitment – applications now open

A chance for consumers to improve the homelessness system

Have you experienced homelessness and want to help improve the homelessness service system? Do you know someone who fits that description?

Applications are now open to become a Peer Education and Support Program team member. Members commit to being involved for two years, during which time they take part in focus groups, media activities, public speaking, and consulting with services and government.

Our current PESP team has clocked innumerable hours helping the community, media and decision-makers better understand homelessness.

Team members receive training and ongoing support and, are reimbursed for their time.

Please contact PESP Team Leader Cassandra Bawden for more information.To display a PESP application flyer for your clients, download one here
Applications close: January 17, 2018

Pathways Innovation Fund – Applications open

Got an innovative solution to homelessness? Does your organisation have a new and creative idea that will help people experiencing homelessness in the City of Melbourne? The Pathways Innovation Fund is now open with $1.2m in funding available to support projects which will make an enduring difference to homelessness in the city.

Delivered in partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Fund is a key initiative of the City of Melbourne’s Pathways Innovation Package, which comprises a suite of programs to address homelessness, including assertive outreach, safe night time spaces, and support for businesses. There are three categories and grants are available to not-for-profit organisations with TCC and DGR1 status, as lead applicants. The Fund will look to support non-traditional models of partnering and empower people with great ideas to get them off the ground.

For further information, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Pathways Innovation Fund page on the City of Melbourne website or contact Kerry Hylton, Senior Project Coordinator – Pathways Innovation Package, on 9658 9658 or Applications close on Monday 8 January 2018.

The Health Translations Directory to include housing resources
The Health Translations Directory is an online library funded by the Victorian government, which provides links to more than 14,000 translated health and wellbeing resources produced in Australia, in over 100 languages.

We are now expanding the Directory to include housing resources on a range of topics and issues.

The Directory provides a fast, convenient and free way to access translated housing resources. You can search by topic, language or organisation. All resources are checked for quality so you know you are accessing reliable and up to date information.

To continue to effectively expand and promote the housing category, we need your help. Read more

Hosting a Christmas meal service? Let us know

Every Christmas, CHP compiles a list of organisations providing meal services on or around Christmas Day that are available to people experiencing homelessness or feeling isolated. The list goes up on our website and is promoted via our social media channels. If your organisation is hosting a meal service, please contact and we will include you on the list.

In the news – in case you missed it!

3CR Roominations Kate Colvin deconstructs the Federal Government’s new housing and homelessness bill
Parity: Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer, National Shelter Unsettled, Insecure, Expensive and Scarce: The Experience of #Rentinoz
ABC Online ‘Couldn’t pay $300 rent when my pension’s $280’: Growing number of elderly facing homelessness
ABC Online Moveable houses and vacant government blocks — a new way to tackle homelessness?
The Age Pretty vacant: 20000 properties empty across inner Melbourne
The Advertiser: Adelaide is uniquely situated to deal with the problem of homelessness
The Australian: Women three times more likely to experience violence by partners
The Age: Testing welfare recipients for drugs is wrong-headed
Crikey: Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable
SBS: Cost of fleeing violent relationship is $18,000 and 141 hours: ACTU

CHP Updates


Have your say on the future of the housing and homelessness sectors

In partnership with the homelessness sector, CHP is developing an Industry Transition Plan that will get us from where we are now to where we need to go in the future.
Australian governments are undertaking significant reforms across the community services sectors, including the disability, mental health, family violence, child and family, and housing and homelessness sectors.
Over the next five months, CHP will work in partnership with the Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS) and DHHS to develop an industry plan designed to identify the impact of government reforms, and create strategies to meet identified future needs.
To develop a robust, effective industry transition plan for the sector it is vital the SHS owns the plan. To that end, CHP is committed to a thorough consultation and communication with the sector.
Your input will shape the development of the transition plan and we encourage everyone within the homelessness and allied sectors to get involved. There are a number of ways to participate:

An online survey is being developed to capture feedback and will go live very soon

You can register your interest in participating here:

Two Industry Transition Planning Forum dates have been set::

  • Friday 8 December in Ballarat (10:00am – 1:00pm)
  • Wednesday 13 December in Melbourne CBD (9:30am – 12:30pm)
An SHS Transition Plan Discussion Paper is being developed and organisations and individuals will be invited to make written submissions responding to it

You are welcome to contact Nich Rogers ( /0404 808 452) and ask questions about the project, share your views and orgasnise focused consultations or interviews

To keep up to date about the development, go here on the CHP website, where new information will be regularly added and each eNews will include a progress update


16 days of activism starts 25 November


The 16 days of activism is an opportunity for the community to stand up against gender inequality and show that we reject violence against women and the attitudes that drive it.

Family violence is the second largest cause of homelessness in Victoria, and supporting this campaign which seeks to combat the underlying causes is an opportunity for the homelessness sector to engage in some primary prevention.

We love this new and updated social media toolkit from Women’s Health In the South East (WHISE) which explains each of the 16 days and its history. We encourage everyone with a social media presence to have a look.

Members’ Portal Coming Soon
A new Portal for CHP members will open soon. The portal will allow members to easily access a host of online resources – including full copies of Parity magazine. Stay tuned for more updates.

Become a CHP Member
Becoming a CHP member is the most effective way to support Council to Homeless Persons’ work to end homelessness.

National Housing Conference 2017

AHURI will convene the National Housing Conference 2017: Building for better lives, in Sydney from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017 at the International Convention Centre. As the largest cross-sectoral housing meeting in Australasia, it’s a must-attend event for housing industry specialists.
It is widely recognised by policymakers, housing experts and the public that Australians need greater access to safe, secure and affordable housing. The #NHCSydney program outlines a range of sessions focussed on these issues, which will provide a wealth of knowledge for specialist homelessness services providers, policymakers, and allied practitioners working to improve homelessness and housing outcomes.
Register here

5th National Elder Abuse Conference – ‘Together Making Change’ draft Program now available!
Proudly being hosted by Seniors Rights Service, 19-20 February 2018, Sofitel Wentworth Sydney. In bringing together over 500 people, the 2018 Conference comes at a pivotal moment in Australia’s response to elder abuse. We look forward to the exchange of ideas, solutions and experiences at the 2018 Conference where delegates will work together to make a change.

Register now and save with our early bird rates (closes 19 November 2017).

Boroondara White Ribbon Day forum

This year’s Boroondara White Ribbon Day forum will include a keynote presentation by Beth Mathison. Beth is a company director who in 2015 was awarded Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year. Beth has a lived experience of family violence and speaks out about the impacts of financial abuse. In sharing her triumphs and failures in the face of extremely difficult personal circumstances and financial set-backs, she challenges contemporary social stereotypes about family violence.
The forum will also feature an interactive panel discussion with representatives from the EDVOS, Eastern Community Legal Centre and Victoria Police.
Date: 11am to 1pm, Wednesday 22 November 2017
Where: Parkview Room, Camberwell Civic Centre, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Parity – Call for contributions
The March 2018 “The Future of Women’s Refuges” edition of Parity is now open for contributions. The central role and function of women’s refuges in meeting the crisis accommodation and support needs of women and children escaping domestic and family violence is at the heart of this edition of Parity; the fundamental question here being: What is the future for women’s refuges?
Contributions close 9 March 2018. Download the flyer here

View this edition’s full list of articles and contributors here. Subscribe to Parity here.


Safeguarding Yourself – Recognising and Responding to Vicarious Trauma
This one-day interactive professional development training explores the nature of vicarious trauma (VT), contrasts it with burnout and compassion fatigue, and supports you to stay healthy and safe in your work with people impacted by diverse traumas.

Material presented in the training will be comprehensive and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery and other relevant research.
Fri, 17 November 2017, Melbourne – from $279
Register here

Face-to-Face Ice Training
360Edge is delivering FREE Ice Training to frontline workers across Victoria in the housing and homelessness sectors, funded by the Victorian Government as part of the Ice Action Plan. These practical interactive workshops run for a half day and build the knowledge and skills of frontline workers to respond safely and effectively to people affected by ice.

To secure your place for a session in your area or get further information about the training go here. New workshop sessions are being added regularly!
Got questions? Contact the Ice Training team on 1300 988 184 or email

Upcoming sessions include:
Bendigo 21 Nov 1:30pm
Bairnsdale 28 Nov 1:30pm
Box Hill 11 Dec 1:30pm

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