CHP eNews 2 October 2014: If the housing system is broken, how can we fix it?


CHP eNews 2014

18 September 2014

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How can we fix a broken housing system? Join us to discuss the answers.
“The private rental market is broken,” said CHP’s Policy & Communications Manager, Sarah Toohey in a recent Age article, “because it doesn’t provide for low-income households.”
Yet the safety net of social housing is failing our most vulnerable, with Victoria’s social housing stock lagging behind every other state and territory. There are 35,000 people waiting for public housing, and no plan to boost stock.
So, how can we make social housing work?
Join us to discuss this, and other questions, with a panel of experts.
Speakers include: Judith Yates, University of Sydney; Richard Wynne, Shadow Minister for Housing and Bruce Guthrie, The New Daily; 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

“Intellectually rewarding and politically energising”: John Falzon praises new book
We are delighted with the response to the recently launched book ‘Homelessness in Australia: An introduction’ . Don’t miss out on your chance to own a copy. You can order directly from CHP the special price of $55 for members ($65 for non members)
John Falzon, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society National Council, recently penned a review of the book, saying, “It is both intellectually rewarding and politically energising (…) for all who engage in the theory and praxis of social justice and social change. It is for this reason that I found Homeless in Australia to be such a good read.”
John’s review will appear in full in CHP’s 2014 Annual Report.
AIFS seeks young people for leaving care study
Beyond 18 is an important new research project that seeks to improve the experience of young people transitioning from care. 
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has been commissioned by the Victorian Government to run the project and is currently recruiting young people to participate in the study. If you know someone who was born between 1 July 1996 and 30 June 1997, and has spent time living in out-of-home care, we need your help.
Please encourage anyone you know who fits the eligibility criteria to get involved by contacting the Beyond 18 team on 1800 352 275 or by email at Participation will involve a couple of hours of time each year for three years, to speak with a researcher and complete a survey. 
Participants will receive a gift card worth $50 at the end of each survey.
Better understanding young people’s experience of out-of-home care is important for our sector. CHP has been working hard to highlight the poor outcomes for young people leaving care, many of whom become homeless. Our state election platform calls for a $16 million investment for a guaranteed housing fund to help young people who exit care to find affordable housing.

Event: Homelessness in Geelong – Legal and non-legal collaboration
Justice Connect will host this forum for workers across different sectors in Geelong to contribute to a discussion about the links between disadvantage and access to justice.
Date: Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Time: 11am – 1pm
Venue: Geelong City Hall, 30 Gheringhap Street, Geelong
RSVP: by Tuesday 7 October online 
This forum aims to identify current and future collaborations which would make access to legal services in Geelong easier for clients and workers. The keynote address will be presented by Richard Coverdale, Director of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice at Deakin University, Geelong.
There will be a panel made up of representatives from legal and non-legal services in Geelong including: Barwon Community Legal Service, SalvoConnect, and Victoria Legal Aid.
ACOSS – 2014 Australian Community Sector Survey.
ACOSS co-ordinates the only annual, national survey of the community services sector in Australia. The survey results provide a critical evidence base for the sector’s policy development and platform for advocacy. ACOSS is asking service coordinators or program managers who are responsible for direct services, including information, advice, referral and individual advocacy services to complete the survey. In larger organisations that run many services or operate in many communities the survey can be completed multiple times by different service coordinators or program managers. 
The survey takes 15-20 minutes and is confidential.
More information about the survey can be found on the ACOSS website

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

Odd Socks Day for Mental Health – Friday 3 October 2014
Grow is running a mental health anti-stigma campaign titled ‘Odd socks day – because anyone can have an odd day’. A national Odd socks day will be held on Friday 3 October 2014 in the lead up to Mental Health Week. By donning a pair of odd socks, it is hoped that more people will strike up conversations that break down the stigma attached to mental illness. Visit for more information about the campaign, or contact Grow on 1800 558 268 or email
Community housing residents share their stories with Xavier students for new book
The stories of 12 residents from Servants Community Housing, as told to student authors from Xavier College, will form the basis of a book called Narrative.  The book will be launched at the end of October.  
Date: Friday 31 October
Venue: The Great Hall, Xavier College, Barkers Rd, Kew
Time: 7-9pm
RSVP: Trybooking

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:

 20th Annual Maurice Blackburn Oration 2014: ‘Shaping Life Chances – our city and housing affordability’
Date: Monday 10 November 2014
Time: 7pm
 Venue: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St Coburg
The speaker at this year’s Maurice Blackburn Oration will be the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Executive Director, Tony Nicholson, with the theme of housing. Following this will be a panel  of engaging and well-informed local residents. This will be a free public event.
This event forms part of Moreland's commitment to address the housing affordability as gentrification spreads North from Brunswick through previously affordable suburbs like Glenroy and Fawkner.
RSVP: by 31 October

National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference

The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference 2014 aims to ensure that the needs of older LGBTI people are understood, respected and addressed in Australia’s aged care policies, programs and services. Conference presentations will assist service providers understand LGBTI ageing and strategies for LGBTI inclusive aged care.
Date: Tuesday 28 &Wednesday 29 October
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
More information available here.

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

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.



CHP Updates 

We need to hear from 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

SAVE THE DATE! CHP’s Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 19 November 2014
In the lead-up to the Annual General Meeting, nominations to the Board of Directors of Council to Homeless Persons are being accepted. If you wish to nominate, please complete the forms below and return them to Lynette Deakes at by 5:00pm Friday 17 October 2014. 
Further information can be found in the:

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.

CHRIP Effective Advocacy Training Program session: Cultural Literacy Training – Working With Immigrant and Refugee Women
The Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (CHRIP), a project of Flat Out is running its 5th annual Effective Advocacy Training Calendar. This Cultural Literacy Training session will help participants understand culture, intersectionality, power and privilege, provide an overview of migration and settlement issues for immigrant and refugee women and look at best practice principles for working with these people.
Trainers: Dr. Regina Quiazon, Senior Research and Policy Advocate, and Maria Hach, National Training Officer, at The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Date: Friday 24 October
Time:  9:30am-4:30pm
Cost: $25/$40
Venue: Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE) 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne
Registration: Download the full calendar and registration form 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.

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

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