CHP eNews 18 September 2014: How do we make social housing work?



CHP eNews 2014

18 September 2014

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Join our expert panel for a discussion on: Making Social Housing Work
Over 100,000 low income renters in Victoria are living in housing stress and 35,000 are waiting for public housing.  With just under four per cent of all housing in Victoria, the social housing system is failing vulnerable Victorians unable to secure a home in the private rental market.  Join high profile housing experts to discuss Victoria’s critical housing challenge: how do we make social housing work?

Speakers include: Judith Yates, University of Sydney; Caryn Kakas, The Property Council, Richard Wynne, Shadow Minister for Housing,  Bruce Guthrie, Broadcaster and Journalist; and Lesley Dredge, Community Housing Federation of Victoria.   

Time: 10am to 12pm
Date:  Wednesday 8 October 2014
Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
To register email Holly Mullaney at CHFV

Homelessness in Australia: an introduction
Last week CHP launched a new book on homelessness issues in Australia. Edited by academics Chris Chamberlain, Guy Johnson and Catherine Robinson ‘Homelessness in Australia: An Introduction’ explores the spectrum of causes and responses to homelessness.
Both new workers and seasoned practitioners will find new insights in this publication.
With 21 independent authors across research, policy and academia, the book covers issues such as gender, Indigenous homelessness, family violence, young people, older people, the effects of trauma and reforming the services system.
‘Homelessness in Australia’ is published by NewSouth Publishing and can be ordered directly from the Council to Homeless Persons.

CHP tells Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing of $500m social housing shortfall
Last week CHP appeared before the Senate Inquiry into Affordable Housing. Our key message was that the high cost of renting and a shortage of public housing are pushing more and more people into homelessness. At the moment only 8 out of 100 new private rentals in Melbourne are affordable to someone reliant on a Centrelink income.  CHP also reported to the Committee that social housing funding has been in chronic decline, with federal funding today calculated to be $500 million per year less than it was in 1996-97 in real terms. A transcript of CHP’s presentation will be available here.  CHP’s full submission to the Inquiry can be found here

Consumer Participation Forum: Houses, homes, relationships and participation
You’re invited to a forum for organisations, groups and individuals who are practicing consumer participation to:

  • Learn about others who are practicing consumer participation and create networks
  • Share ideas about best practice and innovations in consumer participation
  • Challenge the way we think about consumer participation
  • Develop recommendations for moving to higher level consumer participatio

Guest speaker will be Jacques Boulet from the Boarderlands Collective on ‘houses, homes, relationships and participation: what will it take for us to get this right?’

When: Monday 27 October, 2014
Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St., Fitzroy VIC

Young people leaving care need a safety net, like all young people who leave home
Of the 400 young people aged 16-19 who leave state care each year, around half will become homeless.
To help make sure all young people leaving care can get into and keep housing, CHP is calling on all political parties to commit to funding a leaving care housing guarantee. This would deliver a maximum payment of $4,160 per year to each young person leaving care, to help them secure housing. It might sound like a lot, but when the lifetime cost of youth homelessness is estimated to be over $700,000 per person, it’s a genuine investment in prevention. The payment could be used for a range of support methods, including

  • A rent guarantee so landlords are more likely to rent to young people
  • A rent supplement while finishing study and unable to work
  • A payment to call on in times of financial stress

CHP’s proposal would ensure that young people who leave state care have a backup, the role that immediate or extended family play for many young people when they leave home. For more on CHP’s leaving care housing guarantee see our recent blog post

CHP upcoming regional consultations
What policy issues should CHP be focussing on in the coming year? What is the most pressing concern for your service? How can SHS’s get their local politicians to take notice of homelessness issues? We’ll be talking about these issues and more at a consultation near you:

Bendigo: 19 September (9.30-11.30am)
Ballarat: 19 September (3-5pm)
Morwell: 23 September (9-11am)
Geelong 25 September (9.30-11.30am)

All SHS and allied services working with peoel at risk of or experiencing homelessness are welcome to attend. Please registervia EventBrite

VCOSS Community Sector Reform Council Consultations
VCOSS is hosting a series of consultations with community sector organisations giving participants a chance to discuss the objectives of the Community Reform Council. Feedback will be sought on the  future direction of the Reform Council.
Warrnambool      Wednesday 8 October                    1.00-3.30pm      
Traralgon             Monday 13 October                        1.00-3.30pm      
Melbourne           Thursday 16 October                      2.00-4.30pm      

Further information: If you require any further information about the consultations or assistance with booking a place, please contact or call 03 92351010.

Telstra pre-paid recharge program is still running for domestic violence agencies
The Telstra Pre-Paid Recharge Program provides $20 pre-paid mobile recharge cards, at no cost, to support community agencies helping survivors of domestic violence who depend on a Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile for their communications. The program is still running, and anyone who would like to inquire about the program can email or call 1800 804 591.
Please feel free to pass this on throughout your networks so that we can reach as many people that can benefit from this program as possible

Focusing on strengths at the National Homelessness Conference
Working with people’s strengths (consumers and sector workers) to get the best outcomes was the key message from Colin Falconer, keynote speaker at the 8th National Homelessness Conference that took place on the Gold Coast last week. Several hundred service providers, academics, agencies and people who have experienced homelessness attended the conference.  For a full report on CHP’s highlights from the conference click here

Homeless not voteless
The Victorian State Election is fast approaching.  The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) can assist your clients to enrol and vote. Book in for a visit to your agency and make sure everyone can have their say:

Enrolment Outreach Sessions
August – October 2014
VEC can contribute to the cost of putting on a morning tea or BBQ for this session.
To book your session please email Alex  with a suggested date.
 Other resources available include:

In case you missed the news!

CHP Updates 

We need you! CHP’s Professional Development Survey 2014
A skilled and passionate workforce is critical to end homelessness. CHP has developed a short survey to better understand the professional development goals and preferences of people who are working to end homelessness across Victoria. This is the second year that CHP has run this survey and it will help us compare training needs over time.
If you work with  people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Victoria, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. Every response is anonymous and will help to build better training opportunities into the future.
Click here to complete the survey now. For more information, contact Trish Westmore, CHP’s Capacity Building and Policy Officer on 8415 6207 or  email Trish

PESP Update
PESP member Mark recently spoke at Male Health Victoria Inc. conference. Patrick Mader of the management committee was amazed at Mark’s ability to capture everyone’s attention without notes. Of Mark’s speech, Mr Mader said “your speech really brought home what had been spoken about throughout the day … and made it tangible and real for everyone.” 

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.

Trauma informed practice for managers & leaders
Presented by experienced trauma specialist, Patrick Tomlinson, this session is designed to address the challenges faced by managers and leaders who work in organisations that support vulnerable or traumatised people. It takes an in-depth look at the best processes and practices for creating a whole-organisational environment to support the therapeutic task.
Date: 23-24 October 2014
Venue: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Bell St, Preston
Cost: $300
Registrations and more info on the Lighthouse Institute website.

Introduction to homelessness and social housing (2 days)
The training focuses on the causal and structural issues of homelessness, the current issues that impact on the sector and different models of work, the components and structure of the social housing sector (including the range and variety of service provision), the context of social housing provision including historical, social, political, and economic aspects, and the issues that clients face.
Date: Monday and Tuesday, 22 & 23 September 2014
Venue: CAE, Melbourne
Cost: $88
Registrations: Book via EventBrite

Home til stumps – housing options for older people in insecure housing
Hume Region Homelessness Network will present this forum to understand more about the housing and homelessness risk to older people in the Golburn Murray Ovens Region.
Date: Thursday 9 October
Time: 9.15am – 3pm
Venue: Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla
Registration via TryBooking.
More info: Download the flier  or contact Jan Armstrong

Working with CALD Consumers
This workshop covers the cultural awareness required for effective communication with people from diverse cultures. The workshop explores cultural awareness in the workplace, working within the cultural competenceframework, cultural diversity, and communication. 
When: Thursday 16 October 2014
Time: 9.30am – 4:30 PM
Where: North Melbourne Institute of TAFE, NMIT Conference Centre, 77-91 St Georges Road, Preston
Cost: $44
More info can be found here

Mental health first aid with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
This training offered by Connecting Home, and covers social and emotional wellbeing, anxiety, substance use, depression, psychosis, suicide and strategies to deal with mental health crises.
Date: 21 & 28 October 2014 (2 day course)
Venue: Connecting Home, 14 Gipps Street, Collingwood
Cost: $275.00 + GST (Certificate/manual/resources included)
To book contact AJ Williams‐Tchen on 0434049764 or email: 

Working with the impacts of sexual assault training
CASA House presents this interactive workshop which aims to extend the skills and confidence of those working with victim/ survivors of sexual assault who have completed Responding to Sexual Assault training.
Date: Wednesday, 29 October, 2014
Where: Melbourne CBD
Cost: $140 per person per workshop or $80 for students (inclusive of GST)
More information: CLICK HERE or telephone CASA House on 9635 3600

Mind Your Family – the impact and management of family violence
The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Greater Eastern Primary Health (GEPH) come together to present a special one-day conference for GPs, psychologists and mental health practitioners, dedicated to the identification, management and prevention of domestic violence.
Key speakers will describe clinical assessments, management strategies and other important aspects of assisting women experiencing intimate partner violence.
Time: 9am to 5pm
Date: Saturday 11 October

Venue: Monash University, Clayton
More information on the website
Social Work in the 21st Century – 17-21 October
The aim of the symposium is to showcase evidence based social work practice, research and education in health.
The symposium will highlight innovation in Social Work practice, how the discipline can influence service delivery in health, and creative ways of integrating Social Work practice.
Date: 17-21 October
Location: Gold Coast
More info online 

2nd Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference 

Date: 10 – 11 November 2014

Venue: Sydney Harbour Marriott.

Download conference brochure.

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