CHP eNews 22 January 2014: Unpacking the policy – Framework for Ending Homelessness



CHP eNews 2014

22 January

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CHP’s Framework for ending homelessness hits the news
Last week CHP released it’s 2014-15 budget submission calling on the State Government to invest $216 million over four years to end homelessness in all its forms.
Included in the $216 million spend is proposed investment in preventative programs, greater crisis accommodation assistance and rapid rehousing programs across the sector. 
The component of CHP’s budget paper that received the most media attention is a $143 million proposal to provide Permanent Supported housing for 100 rough sleepers each year for 10 years.
The plan most notably featured on the front page of The Age. Jenny Smith, CHP CEO, was also interviewed on ABC 774’s morning program and SYN FM. The budget submission is built around CHP’s Framework for ending homelessness, the major policy document responding to the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan System Reform project. The Framework for ending homelessness paper was developed over the past year in consultation with people from across the specialist homelessness and allied sectors, and consumers. Given the density of the paper, we’ll be unpacking it to the sector through eNews and a series of fact sheets in the coming months. Read the CHP media release here or the full CHP budget submission here.

New resources for emergency relief workers 
ER Victoria has developed two new resources for use by ER workers and community sector workers.The Advocacy Toolkit provides information and resources about effective advocacy to enhance ER workers advocating with or on behalf of ER clients. The  Advocacy Brochure  provides information in plain language to assist emergency relief clients understand ‘What is Advocacy?’. The brochure is available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Sinhala, Somali, Tamil, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day – competition to win an iPad mini!
Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD)  is annual national awareness day for youth homelessness in Australia. Yfoundations is organising a competition for young people 18-25 years old in preparation for YHMD 2014. Entries close on 26 January. To enter, participants must write a 100-500 word article about what home means to them and submit a picture of them to go with their story. 
A signed media consent form (download here) along with the article and photo can be emailed to Sophie. Participants could win an iPad mini or iTunes prizes. You’ll find more information on the Yfoundations website
or by emailing Jessie or  or phone (02) 8306 7904

Women-only Job Readiness Program ‘Building Brighter Futures: BE JOB READY’
WIRE Women’s Information in collaboration with the BAWM Group are offering a women-only Certificate I in Work Education called Building Brighter Futures: BE JOB READY. The course runs for 17 weeks and is delivered face-to-face to support women to be job ready. WIRE is holding a free orientation and information session.
Women may be eligible for a government-funded place if they are an Australian citizen, have not completed an Australian qualification higher than Certificate IV and have a disability, mental health issue or long term health condition.
What: Building Brighter Futures: BE JOB READY Information session
Date: Monday 10 February 2014
Time: 10am
Venue: WIRE 372 Spencer St West Melbourne
Please contact WIRE to determine eligibility on 1300 134 130 or Maxine (BAWM) 0427 744 294.

YACVic – Code of Ethical Practice Survey
The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) is carrying out an online survey to determine how widely their Code of Ethical Practice is being used. YACVic wants to hear from people working at all levels of the youth sector, regardless of whether you currently use the code. The survey can be completed here.

Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Practice Summit 2014
The Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Practice Summit 2014 is targeted at practitioners working with young people who are highly vulnerable or at risk, particularly those using substances.
The summit will give practitioners an opportunity to contribute their knowledge while developing their understanding and skills in areas that are critical to effective youth AOD service delivery
Date: Friday 28 March 2014
Venue: Melbourne Park Function Centre
Cost: Standard $170 | Early bird (EXTENDED to 31 January 2014) $145
 Register directly via Eventbright or for further information, check out the summit website, or email YSAS or phone (03) 9415 8881

In case you missed the news! 

The Age Fears Newstart cuts will plunge most vulnerable into poverty 
ABC TV (video) Homeground will help the homeless find somewhere
The Age Melbourne’s homeless moved on from sheltering in cool public spaces 
 Sydney Morning Herald The homeless feel unwelcome in their own city  

In the #Twittersphere

@TheHoopla explores how welfare cuts will hit hard those who are already marginalised ARTICLE 

@CHPVic “putting more people into poverty does not increase economic participation” Jenny Smith, CEO ARTICLE 

@_HomeGround HomeGround real estate agency to launch in march. Do you have a property in Melbourne we could manage? 
@FlickReynolds 50% of funds for new tennis facilities at Melbourne park could solve street homelessness. ARTICLE
@HomelessInMelb: 44% of homelessness VICdue 2 family violence @CHPVic’s framework 4ending St homelessness
@CHPVic “We know what the solutions are, we just need the political will to make them happen” Jenny Smith CHP

@SmartJusticeAus 23hTonight at 6.30pm @theprojecttv is covering mandatory sentencing and homeless. Our factsheets here
@ScdHrtMission‘It almost seems as if homelessness piques mass attention only when someone gets killed.’ Sydney Morning Herald ARTICLE  

‏@pcflynnGreat to see people who’ve experienced homelessness directly shaping policy and your advocacy, CHPVic!

CHP Updates

February: Innovation in Mental Health and Homelessness edition
The edition will look at four central areas in Mental Health and homelessness
evidence and innovation, best practice, lived experience and policy directions. Please look at the Calls for contributions for further information. Submissions are now open.

March 2014 edition: Foyers and Families: Housing Approaches to Supporting Young People
Foyers and ‘foyer-like’ programs have become an important part  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 Calls for contributions  for further information. Submissions are now open.

Peer Education Support Program (PESP) seeking applicants for 2014
This is an excellent opportunity for people who have experienced homelessness to take part in a highly-regarded, professionally run volunteer program where they have a chance to influence and educate the community on homelessness. More info on applications is available on the CHP website.

Training opportunities

Case notes and record keeping workshop
This workshop stresses the importance of timely, concise, accurate and standardised records and case notes, and demonstrates how the case record is used to provide program accountability. The session is targeted at regulatory staff, customer service staff, HR professionals, staff who work with youth and tenancy workers.
Date:  Tuesday 11 February
Time: 9.30 am – 1:30pm 
Venue: CHFV Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000
Cost: $165 inc GST for CHFV members –  $198 inc GST for non-members
Further enquiries can be directed to Holly Mullaney or check the CHFV website.

Preparing for VCAT – training
This full-day course provides training and information on Consumer Affairs notices and appearing at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).  
Date:  Monday 17 February
Time: 9.30 am – 4:30pm 
Venue: CHFV Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Cost: $220 (inc GST) members – $264 (inc GST) non members
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
This half-day workshop equips participants with strategies for minimising risk to themselves and others when confronted with angry or threatening individuals, as well as ways to manage their own emotions when in situations of threat. 
Date: Tuesday 25 February 
Time: 9.30 am – 1:30pm (morning tea provided)  
Venue:  CHFV Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Cost: $165 inc GST for CHFV members –   $198 inc GST for non-members
Further enquiries can be directed to Holly Mullaney or check the CHFV website.

People skills for working with complex behaviours (2 days) 
This workshop focuses on developing participants’ skills and abilities to engage with people who have complex needs and what are often referred to as ‘challenging behaviours’. This includes dealing with anger, grief and loss, and mental health issues (risk of suicide is also discussed). Training provides strategies, possible interventions, and new ways of looking at
complex behaviours.
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.

Grant opportunities

Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust 2014 General Grants Program
VWBT is seeking to fund ground-breaking projects that advance conditions for Victorian women and girls and lead to long-term, socially progressive change. The 2014 grant round will be particularly focussed on projects that support asylum seekers, refugee and newly arrived migrant women and girls. Applications close 3 February 2014.

Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program 2014-15 
Administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program provides funding of up to $100,000 for projects undertaken in partnership by two or more of Victoria’s diverse ethnic, cultural and religious communities. The Program closes on 28 February 2014.

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