CHP eNews 24 August: No room for Nimbyism in the fight against homelessness


CHP eNews 2017

24 August 2017

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No room for Nimbyism in the battle against homelessness
Last week it was reported that Brighton East locals have made objections to the development of a homeless shelter, for fears of an influx of ‘junkies’ and ‘ex-criminals’ into their suburb. In an article that ran in the Herald Sun last week one local was also quoted as saying:

“I have five grandkids who play outside … if this plan goes ahead I won’t be allowing them out to play near drug or ­alcohol-affected people.”

The shelter is to be built on a vacant lot and will include five one-bedroom, self-contained units. The development is a part of Towards Home, a program designed to create more temporary housing for rough-sleepers.
The Council to Homeless Persons believes that the attitudes expressed in this article stereotype rough-sleepers and, come at a time when it is more important than ever that communities support these kinds of projects, not object to them. CHP has responded to these comments in full on our blog here.

Move on laws failed in Sydney and will fail in Melbourne
The City of Sydney’s latest homeless street count has found that the number of rough sleepers in the city has remained unchanged, despite harsh new move-on laws fast-tracked by the NSW Government in early August.

The failure of Sydney’s new move-on powers to impact rough sleeping numbers is yet further evidence that the City of Melbourne must abandon similar proposed bylaws – which are no replacement for affordable housing and preventative policies. Read out full blog on the issue here

#CHPConf17 Poll

Which session would you most like included in the Victorian Homelessness Conference?
CHP is selecting an extra conference session and we want to hear what you would like to see included. There are four possible sessions to choose from. Just head to our website to vote on the session that you’d most like to see at the conference.

Postal marriage survey: LGBTQI mental health
From the 12 September, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will post out an Australian Marriage Law Survey Form asking Australians for their views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry. The ABS is ensuring people who are enrolled to vote, but have no address, can participate in the poll either online or via phone – see here for instructions – and watch this space for more specific options for homeless voters.

News of the vote has sparked fears that harmful discourses around the vote will negatively impact upon the mental health of LGBTQI people, and increase community tensions directly resulting in homelessness.

Mental health issues, family conflict, and community isolation are known to contribute to LGBTQI people experiencing homelessness earlier in life, more often and, for longer periods that non-LGBTQI people. Moving towards marriage equality represents a step towards full social inclusion and equity and as such, is a moment to address some of the issues at the core of LBGTQI homelessness.

The time around the survey is also an important time to be watching out for the well-being of consumers, workmates, and friends.

More housing support throughout Victoria
Minister Martin Foley has announced that eight community and homelessness organisations across the state will share in $27 million in funding through phase two of the Labor Government’s Accommodation for Homeless program. The program is designed to increase the supply of crisis and longer-term accommodation options for vulnerable Victorians. Read the full release here:

End the Housing Crisis: 100,000 Homes

“What we desperately needed was housing we could afford, but there was nothing. The housing crisis is devastating so many families. There’s 200,000 families like mine waiting for public or community housing, and every night over 100,000 people in Australia are homeless.” – Christine

During Homelessness Week CHP joined with national and state homelessness peaks in Sydney to launch the 100K Homes campaign which calls on the Federal Government to fund 100,000 new public and community housing properties for low-income earners to help people like Christine (below), who is the face of the campaign. The campaign has already attracted nearly 2,000 signatures as well as solid media coverage, including ABC TV, online news sites, and local news.

We’re now aiming to have 10,000 signatures by Christmas.
Please sign and share the 100K Homes petition and use the #100kHomes hashtag.

‘Hidden’ homelessness videos
We’ve released five videos featuring five different stories of #homelessness. With the intense focus on rough sleeping, it’s important to raise community awareness of ‘hidden’ forms of homelessness. ABS data indicates 95% of people experiencing homelessness are not on the streets. These five videos explore the experience of living in rooming houses, crisis accommodation, couchsurfing and sleeping in cars. Click the thumbnails below, or visit our YouTube channel.

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CHP Updates

Victorian Homelessness Conference 2017

Don’t forget
Follow @CHPconf2017 for all the news and ideas from the conference

New speakers

  • Stephanie Gunn, Deputy CEO of the NDIA is confirmed to discuss the NDIA and homelessness
  • Lucy Adams, Homeless Law and Jo Swift, Kids Under Cover have joined the debate team arguiing against transitional housing
  • Christine Thirkell, Jody Letts, Trevor Brown, and Jason Russell, from CHP’s Peer Education Support Program are confirmed to talk about post-housing support

New sessions
We have some exciting additions to our conference program which is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and varied yet.

We’re very happy to announce the additional sessions:

  • Exploring the use of Animal Assisted Interventions with homeless young people
  • Getting young people engaged: Music therapy in youth homelessness

Book your place at the conference today and check out the full program here

Parity – Call for contributions
The September 2017 edition of Parity “Current issues in housing tenure” is now open for contributions. This edition aims to examine the range of tenancy issues that impact on the ability of people, particularly people attempting to exit or at risk of homelessness, to sustain their tenancies. Contributions close 9 September 2017. Download the flyer here.

View this edition’s full list of articles and contributors here. Subscribe to Parity here.

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 twitter list here to be up to date on what the homeless and housing sector is talking about.

Equal Pay Day

Recent reporting from SBS highlights that the gender pay gap has dire long term implications for the financial stability of women over their life times. And as we know, in Australia, women over 55 are now the fastest growing cohort presenting to homelessness services.

Equal Pay Day is held on September 4 every year to mark the additional time from the end of the previous financial year that women must work to earn the same as men and, promote discussions around the importance of equal pay. Find out more about the day and how to mark it here.

Money minded workshops
Money Minded is a program delivered by Spectrum. They are holding 2-hour workshops, which will assist people to:

  • create an in-depth budget
  • receive assistance to reduce the cost of bills and understand paperwork, NILS loans, contracts, financial risk and
  • access affordable credit and receive assistance to reach savings goals

Money minded is seeking expressions of interest. Please contact Jordan if you have a client who is interested, and want to find out more.


Specialist Homelessness Sector Training – What’s on in August 2017.
25 August – Strength Based Practice
31 August – Introduction to Homelessness and Social Housing (2 days)
4 September – Promoting recovery: understanding complex trauma and trauma-informed practice (1 day)

For bookings and more info, download the flyer: Wodonga TAFE

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