Parity – Call for contributions
The September 2017 edition of Parity “Current issues in housing tenure” is now open for contributions. The central aim of this joint edition of Parity and HousingWorks is 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.
Contributions are also still open for the August 2017 “The Future of National Homelessness Policy” edition of Parity and close Friday 11 August 2017. Download the August call for contributions flyer or contact Noel Murray for further details.
Current Parity edition: NDIS, housing and homelessness edition.
View this edition’s full list of articles and contributors here. Subscribe to Parity here.
$200,000 to build resilience and capability for people experiencing homelessness.
Community Sector Banking has announced its annual Social Investment Grants Program, with this year’s theme being building resilience and capability for people who are experiencing homelessness or domestic and family violence. Not-for-profits are invited to apply for grants totalling $200,000.
Download the fact sheet for the Social Investment Grants Program, and get your applications in by 4 August.
Conferences and events
We are excited to announce that we’ve locked in a very special guest speaker for a keynote address on Trauma and adolescent family violence: Delivering better homelessness responses. Dr. Anita Morris, Principal Family Violence Practitioner, will explore the complexities of young people who use violence in the home who are often both victims and perpetrators of violence. How can we both protect family members and best support young people with complex behaviour? Book your place today.
Subscribe to conference updates here
Dates: 13 & 14 September
2017 Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards
There are only eight days left to nominate an exceptional person or organisation for the Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards. This is a great opportunity to nominate and recognise outstanding specialist homelessness services, consumers or other community members who work to end homelessness in Victoria.
The winners will be announced at the Victorian Homelessness Conference in September. The award categories are:
Strength in the Difference Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum
The full program has been released for the upcoming Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum taking place in Melbourne.
Date: 30 August – 1 September
Download the full program here or register here now to save $200 with the early-bird.
- Minister Fiona Richardson shares Victoria’s plan for change
- FV Survivors’ Session: Breaking the cycle of violence – a Personal Perspective
- Elders Consultation: Engaging the community – men and women to overcome indigenous FV
- Police Liaison Officers Panel: Bridging the gap between Police and community
- Outcome focused session: Working and engaging with Men
- Community partnerships: collaboration for a more effective DV support system
Trauma and Homelessness
Trauma can be both a cause and consequence of homelessness, but recovery from trauma is entirely possible. It takes time, support, community and stable housing. To explore the topic in-depth, Sacred Heart Mission is holding a live question and answer session between Executive Director Client Services Stephen Schmidtke and Connections Practice Leader Tymur Hussein,
When: July 28 from 12pm
Homelessness Walking Tour
CHP supports and trains people who have experienced homelessness to become advocates and educators through the Peer Education and Support Program (PESP). A PESP member will take groups on a walking tour of the Melbourne CBD / inner city, talking them through sites of personal significance.
All are welcome. The tour may be of particular interest to school groups, volunteer organisations, community group or any individual who wants to gain greater insight into the challenges encountered by those experiencing homelessness.
When: Tuesday 8 August
Meeting point: CHP, 2 Stanley St, Collingwood (the tour will end at the St Vincent’s Hospital)
Housing Affordability: Melbourne Writers Festival
What stress is housing affordability placing on the people, the economy, and what is the effect on homelessness and other inequality? Lyn Craig (Australian Research Council), Glyn Davis (Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne) and George Megalogenis (Author of Australia’s second chance) investigate at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2017.
When: September 1
Book tickets: here
Pets in the Park
The next Pets in the Park Clinic will be on 30th July 2017 at Nicholas Hall/Wesley Uniting Church.
Pets in the Park (PITP) aim to support, build relationships with and improve the wellbeing of homeless people in society living with animal companions. Many people who are experiencing homelessness own pets that play a significant role in their lives. The Pets in the Park Clinic offers a range of free services to the pets of people experiencing homelessness but is available by referral only.
For more info and referrals, download the monthly flyer. referral instructions, info pamphlet and ongoing client referral form.
Wintringham Art Show
The second Wintringham Art Show will run from 28th July to 10th August at the Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith Street Collingwood. The show, which will display works from clients and resident of Wintringham, will be opened by the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
Find out more
‘Different voices, Common Goals’ Art Workshops
Regular workshops are being held for those living, working or connected to North and West Melbourne, who would like to explore themes of home, community, connection and dreams through art.
The North and West Melbourne Homeless Action Group will be holding workshops Mondays and Tuesdays until October, as well as a free BBQ this coming Tuesday the 1 August at 12pm.
Where: North Melbourne Community Centre
When: download the flyer here
Victorian Housing Register Information Sessions
The Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) are holding a series of information sessions around the state to inform stakeholders about the next phase of implementation of the Victorian Housing Register. The sessions will cover:
- Overview of the Victorian Housing Register – including structure and types of housing
- How the Register will be implemented in phase 2
- Enabling legislation to operate the Register
- Information sharing arrangements charter, and more.
Online application demonstration – for any participants who would like to know ‘how to’ use the online application form to register applicants onto the register, a demonstration will take place after the information session.
Download the calendar of information sessions and find your nearest session.
Promotion of Safe Sleeping Advice for Homelessness Sector
The Commission for Children and Young People has recommended that homelessness services promote safe sleeping arrangements for infants, and the use of infant safe sleeping resources. This follows a recent child death inquiry and the tragic death of an infant. Please share this advice with staff providing homelessness support to families and infants.
CIMS IT information sessions
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has developed a new client incident management system (CIMS) that will focus on the most serious incidents and strengthen processes to respond to and more effectively manage client incidents, and a new CIMS IT solution to support the new CIMS. In June 2017, the department held information sessions for all in-scope service providers to provide information about the new CIMS IT. Additional sessions are now available.
Download the session schedule here
Specialist Homelessness Sector Training – What’s on in August 2017.
14 August – Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP)
15 August – Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP)
25 August – Strength Based Practice
31 August – Introduction to Homelessness and Social Housing (2 days)
Bookings and more info on the Wodonga TAFE website.
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