CHP eNews 19 October 7 Things Australians can do to help people experiencing homelessness


CHP eNews 2017
19 October 2017

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7 things Australians can do to help people experiencing homelessness

We’re constantly being asked by members of the community how they can help people experiencing homelessness. 

To help answer this question, we’ve put together a guide detailing seven practical and achievable things that Australians can do to help people without homes. The guide was published on World Homeless Day and has proven to be very popular – please share it around with your networks and anyone who might be interested in knowing how best to help out.  

Labor promises National Strategy on Homelessness

Opposition leader Bill Shorted has pledged that the Labor party will develop a National Strategy on Homelessness. Check out the media release here.

Mr Shorten made the promise when meeting with the Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle at the conclusion of his 40-day walk to Canberra to raise the profile of the national homelessness crisis and the need for Federal action. 

As reported by Pro Bono news, Mr Shorten stated:

“There’s no doubt that homelessness has been a neglected issue in recent years. It is unsatisfactory for the soul of the nation to have 100,000-plus people sleeping rough every night of the year. And there is much more that can be done and should be done.

“And I promise Brendan Nottle that Labor will take up a national homelessness strategy to the next election because that’s what Brendan and, more importantly, homeless Australians expect from their Parliament.”

It’s a positive sign that at least one major party is making moves towards a national strategy. The rise in homelessness has been a long-term, sustained trend and affects every electorate in Australia. As such, a national strategy is long overdue and we will continue to demand this commitment from every major party.  

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? Or, 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. Listen to our current PESP member Jason speaking to his experiences of homelessness on ABC radio.  

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

Anti-Poverty Week 2017
October 15 – 21 is Anti-Poverty Week. As poverty is both a major driver of homelessness, and homelessness and housing stress further entrench vulnerable households in cycles of poverty, the week is important to our sector.  The recent attacks on social security benefits are also playing a significant role in weakening safety nets, entrenching poverty and causing more homelessness. We continue to call on both the State and Federal Government to take action to fix the broken housing system and to protect welfare benefits so that people aren’t forced to live in poverty just to put a roof over their head. Read more in our blog post: Anti-Poverty Week 2017: A perfect storm of housing (un)affordability and welfare cuts

Preparing for extreme heat events
As the weather warms, now is a good time to keep an eye out for extreme heat events that may impact people sleeping rough or, staying in poorly airconditioned accommodation.  
You can also sign up for the Department of Health and Human Services Heat Health Alert System which will run from December to the end of February. The department’s program areas, hospitals, health, community service providers and the general public are informed via email about forecasted extreme heat conditions which are likely to impact human health. To subscribe to receive heat health alerts and other emergency advice from the department go to: 

Getting the language right

The language media use when reporting on homelessness has a great influence on the perceptions of the general public and decision makers.  While we’ve largely moved on from derogatory terms like ‘hobo’ and ‘dero’, language that perpetuates stereotypes and victim-blaming persists. Because of this, CHP has developed a set of guidelines to help media discuss homelessness in a way that is both constructive and respectful.  These guidelines are outlined in our recently updated blog: Getting the language right when we talk about homelessness – we encourage you to share these with your networks, media and anyone interested in writing or talking about homelessness. 

Make your voice heard in the marriage equality survey
CHP encourages everyone to return their Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey form before October 27.

The ABS can still replace lost or stolen forms up until 20 October. For additional information, please visit or call 1800 572 113.



CHP Updates
Council to Homeless Persons 2017 AGM – save the date
CHP’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 20 November at the Richmond Town Hall from 2pm.  Put the date in your diary now.  

Members event – meet the media
VCOSS and CHP members are invited to ‘Meet the media – and ask them anything’.

Along with Good Talent Media, we’re assembling an exciting panel of journalists from print and broadcast to answer all of your burning questions and discuss what makes a news story these days.
Tuesday 14 November, 1-3.30pm at VCOSS offices in Melbourne.
Put it in your diary and keep a lookout for further details.

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

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.  

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.  

Be in the know on social

Are you a CHP member, or just want to link-in with like-minded tweeters? Follow our curated CHP members and networks Twitter list here to be up to date on what the homeless and housing sector is talking about. 

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.

ACOSS National Conference
The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. Leading thinkers and decision makers from the community, public, and private sectors will collaborate to identify challenges and workshop responses to move us towards a brighter and more equitable 2030.
When: 24-25 October
Register here

Workshop: Food justice in the City 
This interactive workshop has been designed for individuals and organisations interested in ensuring that everyone living in Australia has access to good, healthy food. The workshop will also feature Council to Homeless Persons’ PESP team leader Cassandra Bawden as a panellist. 
The event is for practitioners, business-owners, researchers, public servants, entrepreneurs and/or people part of the food or community workforce – everyone is welcome!
Date: 14 November
Bookings: here

NDIS: Helping people with psychosocial disabilities navigate the scheme
The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) have launched a new website designed to help people living with a psychosocial disability to better understand and access the NDIS. 
The website has been co-designed by people with experience of living with psychosocial disabilities and with accessing the NDIS. It includes information and instructions on what support is available to people with mental health conditions, NDIS eligibility, and making applications. You can find the website here: 

16 days of activism against gender-based violence
Family violence is a contributing cause to 42% of homelessness experienced by women.  Nearly two-thirds of homelessness is experienced by women.  Homelessness is a gendered issue and attitudes to towards women are a major driver.

CHP is supporting the 16 days of activism running from 25 November to 10 December.  You can learn about last year’s 16 days of activism here and we’ll keep you up to date with new resources for 2017 as they become available.

Health of Australia’s males and females
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released two new web reports updating the AIHW’s existing web report on male health, as well as creating a new report focused on female health.
The reports contain data on chronic conditions, risk factors and comorbidities, including some information on sex-specific health issues (for example, maternal health).
Download report: The health of Australia’s females
Download report: The health of Australia’s males


Advanced Case Management – 19 & 20 October 2017
This two-day workshop aims to assist practitioners to understand and explore theoretical frameworks and models that underpin effective case management and how to assess and engage individuals and families who are experiencing complex and multiple issues in their case planning and goal setting. This workshop will explore attachment theory, the effects of trauma and how this knowledge informs case management practice.
Specialist Homelessness Information Platform – 24 October 2017
This workshop is for new workers. It explores the Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP).
All resources in class – no prior learning required.

Face-to-Face Ice Training
Free training is now available for all Victorians who come into contact with ice-affected people as part of their job.

360Edge, consultants in alcohol and other drug responses, will deliver half day face to face workshops to frontline workers across Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s $45.5 million ice action plan ‘Taking action, Stopping ice.’ The training will roll out in multiple locations across the State over the next three years. New training sessions will be added to our booking platform regularly.
To see all sessions available and to register, visit:
Download the flyer

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