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CHP eNews 2014

20 February

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Proposed changes to move-on powers pose a risk to the homeless
A proposal to extend police move-on powers has been met with concern by community sector, who fear it will affect vulnerable members of the community.  The new laws are being commonly referred to in the media as ‘anti-protest’ laws, however they  also provide police new powers to move people on and exclude them fomr a public place for up to one year.  By necessity, people experiencing homelessness live their lives in public places.  They are more likely to commit offences such as drinking in public, simply because they don’t have a private place to do these things.
The Fitzroy Legal Service has prepared a brief on this issue, which can be found on the Fitzroy Legal Service website.
Homeless Law has also made a submission to the Government laying out a case for the Bill to be rejected.

Senate Inquiry into housing affordability and homelessness
CHP is currently preparing a submission to the Senate Inquiry into housing affordability and homelessness.

The Terms of Reference of the Inquiry are wide-ranging and will cover rent and housing assistance programs, public and social housing and the future of the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
You can contribute to the Senate Inquiry by:

  • Making a submission of your own – due by 25 March
  • Sending CHP your thoughts on any of the Terms of Reference – email Sarah by 10 March

The campaign to end homelessness rolls on
A public rally on Sunday 16 February organised by The Salvation Army drew hundreds of people to Enterprize Park to celebrate the life of Wayne ‘Mouse’ Perry and demand an end to homelessness. CHP produced and distributed 1,000 postcards to rally-goers addressed to Premier Napthine which urged the Government to invest $200 million over four years in the sector to end homelessness as per CHP’s Framework for Ending Homelessness submission.
The postcard was an incredibly successful communication and campaigning tool and CHP plans to do another print run. If your organisation would like to receive a stack of postage paid postcards when they are ready, please email Lanie, or alternatively you can download a copy and print it by clicking here.

Who are the hidden homeless? – Opinion Editorial
With the continuing public attention on rough sleeping, CHP is working on communications that broaden public awareness about other forms of homelessness. Just a week prior to rally, another homeless man was stabbed, this time in a rooming house in Kew. CEO Jenny Smith submitted an Opinion Editorial to The Age which used this most recent tragic incident to highlight the hidden homeless –  people in rooming houses, couchsurfing and overcrowded dwellings. Jenny also tackled the often raised notion that ‘some people choose to be homeless’ suggesting that this was a defense mechanism that allows society to distance itself its responsibility for find solutions to difficult social problems, like homelessness.
Unfortunately the Opinion Editorial was not published, but you can read it here.

A calendar of significant days – a useful CHP resource
CHP has developed a calendar of significant days in 2014, which may assist in planning your own events and activities. The calendar can be accessed here.
 
Call for submissions for the 8th National Homelessness Conference
Homelessness Australia invites proposals for presentations, workshops and/or posters at the 8th National Homelessness Conference.
The central theme of the conference is Homelessness: Complexities and Countermeasures.
HA seeks presentations, workshop topics and posters which identify and address the complexities and how these complexities are dealt with.
Submissions can be made via the Homelessness Australia website.

Lunchtime seminar – Evidence for agile policy makers
Brotherhood of St Laurence is holding this seminar presented by visiting UK academic Professor Graham Room, University of Bath.
Advocates of evidence-based policy-making (EBPM) ask ‘what works?’ They believe that good policies should involve interventions that have a strong evidence base, and require careful measurement of impact.  This critique does not however go far enough, because the impact of an intervention also typically depends on the synergies it develops with other interventions. It is from this vantage point that the lecture will re-consider the theory and practice of EBPM. 
Date:                     Tuesday 4 March
Time:                    12 noon – 1pm
Venue: Father Tucker’s Room, The Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
RSVP:                 To RSVP to this event email Jane Douglas at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. 

 
Rooming house closure
CHP has been advised that the Rooming House located at 733-735 Punt Rd, South Yarra will close in the near future. The closure is expected to impact 15 current residents who have been given Notices to Vacate TUV is looking into the validity of these Notice periods.
 
In case you missed the news! 
 

Grant opportunities

Funding available for non-profit CEOs to attend Harvard Business School program in Massachusetts
The Harvard Club of Victoria provides funding to up to three CEOs of Victorian-based non-profit organisations to attend the one-week Harvard Business School program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July. The $12,000 award covers course fees and travel. Organisations must be based in Victoria, have DGR status and annual revenues over $3 million. Applications open on 25 February.
Program briefing session
Date: Monday 24 February
Time:  6.30-7.30pm
Venue:  Leadership Victoria, Old Treasury Building, Spring Street
More information about the program can be found on the HCV website.

HEY Grants applications now open for youth mental health support
A new round of grants of up to $40,000 are available for groups and organisations to support and promote mental health initiatives for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex young (GLBTI) people in local communities.
Applications are now open for the fourth round of Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) grants, which deliver new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of GLBTI young people.
Grant applications close on 29 May 2014. For more information please visit the YACVIC website.

 

CHP Updates

Parity
Launch of Innovation in Mental Health and Homelessness edition  + Sector Forum
The February edition of Parity: ‘Innovation in Mental Health and Homelessness will be officially launched by the Hon Georgie Crozier Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Mental Health on 18 March.
The launch will be followed by a half day Sector Forum  on the innovative policy, program and practice responses to the mental health issues experienced by people who are homeless.

Date: Tuesday 18 March
Time:  9am – 1pm                         
Venue: Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall

The event is free to attend, but please RSVP via Eventbrite.

March 2014 edition: Foyers and Families: Housing Approaches to Supporting Young People
Foyers and ‘foyer-like’ programs have become an important part in  tackling youth homelessness in Australia. This edition will take a close look at their use and impact both here and abroad.
Please look at the Call for contributions  for further information. Submissions are now open.

Training opportunities

Outreach Work
Date:  Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 February           
Time:  9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost: $88
Further enquiries can be directed to Holly Mullaney or check the CHFV website.

Handle with Care – Managing Violent and Potentially Violent Situations for Frontline Staff
Date: Tuesday 25 February 
Time: 9.30 am – 1:30pm (morning tea provided)  
Venue:  CHFV Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Cost: $165 for CHFV members – $198 for non-members
Further enquiries can be directed to Holly Mullaney or check the CHFV website.

Provide supervision
Date:  Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 March     
Time: 9.30am
Venue:  Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:  $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Case file notes
Date:  Wednesday 12 March     
Time:   9.30am
Venue:  Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:  $44
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Financial Literacy and Counselling (two-day)
Wednesday 19 March
Time: 9.30 AM – 4:00pm Venue: CHFV, Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000
Cost:  $440 inclusive GST (members)  $500 (non- members) for both days
Further enquiries can be directed to Holly Mullaney or check the CHFV website.

Introduction to Imprisonment in Victoria
Date: Wednesday March 19
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Flemington Kensington Bowling Club, Corner Smithfield & Racecourse Roads Flemington VIC 3031  
Cost: $25/$40 Melbourne $25/$40
The Centre for Human Rights of Imprisoned People are offering this training as part of their 2014 Effective Advocacy Training Calendar.  

People skills for working with complex behaviours (2 days) 
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, 18 & 19 March 2014
Time: 9.30 am – 4:30pm
Venue: Melbourne CBD (TBC)
Cost:  $88 (cross sector $440)
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Working with CALD consumers L1
This workshop covers the cultural awareness required for effective communication with people from diverse cultures.
Date:    Thursday 27 & Wednesday 28 March       
Time:   9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne,
Cost: $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Mental health first aid (2 days) L1
Date: Thursday 27 & Wednesday 28 March     
Time: 9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:  $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Reflective practice (2 days) L1/2
Date:  Thursday 27 & Wednesday 28 March                       
Time:  9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:  $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Corrections Resource Centre Tour
Date: Thursday April 10
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Venue: TBC upon registration (Melbourne)
Cost:  $25/$40
The Centre for Human Rights of Imprisoned People are offering this training as part of their 2014 Effective Advocacy Training Calendar.

Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Practice Summit 2014
The Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Practice Summit 2014 is targeted at youth practitioners working with young people who are highly vulnerable or at risk, particularly those using substances.
Date: 28 March 2014
Venue: Melbourne Park Function Centre
Cost: Standard $170
Register directly via Eventbright or for further information, check out the summit website, or email YSAS or phone (03) 9415 8881

 

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