CHP eNews 29 June: Filthy Rich and Homeless – Poverty porn or documentary journalism?


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CHP eNews 2017

29 June 2017

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Filthy Rich and Homeless: poverty porn or documentary journalism?
#FilthyRichHomeless 

The airing of the SBS reality show/documentary Filthy Rich and Homeless is generating a great amount of public discussion about both homelessness, and, representations of homelessness in the media.  


While the show undoubtedly straddles a line between entertainment and reporting, it is also an occasion to focus public attention on some misconceptions and overlooked issues around homelessness.  Prominent among those issues are; the power that the media has to frame the conversation around homelessness in a constructive way; the misconception that rough sleeping is the dominant form of homelessness (rather than far more common forms of hidden homelessness) and, of course, the direct link between Australia’s broken housing market and the epidemic levels of homelessness that we are now experiencing.

The show will continue its run Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week from 8:30pm. A special live discussion will air directly after the last episode on Thursday, at 9:30pm.  As the topic continues to trend, we will be taking the opportunity to further evolve the public understanding of homelessness. 

CHP has responded to the show in depth on our blog, where we’ve also included guidelines for media on reporting on homelessness which we encourage you to share.  

Victoria’s public housing still needs growth: auditor general’s report
Victoria’s auditor general has released a new report, Managing Victoria’s Public Housing, which identified continued challenges for Government, including:

  • 60% of the state’s public housing is more than 30 years old.
  • The number of public housing properties has not grown to meet the increased demand.
  • Victoria’s public housing portfolio is not configured to meet the growing demand for one- and two-bedroom dwellings.
  • It takes 8.8 months to get public housing, even if you’re of highest priority 

The report makes the recommendation that the DHHS sets targets to address supply and demand over the short, medium and long term.  Read the full report here 

Source: VAGO, 2017

Census data: rental stress rising, social housing stock falling
#Census2016
Census data has confirmed that more Australians are renting than ever before, with rents increasing at twice the rate of inflation, and leaving more people in rent stress. Results show that since 2011, median rents in Melbourne have risen from $300/week to $350/week in 2016 and that the percentage of renters paying more than 30% of their income on rent has also risen from 9.1% in 2011 to 10.4% in 2016.  

CHP CEO Jenny Smith has told The Age, “As housing prices have skyrocketed, more Australians are forced to rent long term, creating greater competition and squeezing low-income renters out of the market and into homelessness.” 

The data also shows that overall rates of social housing have declined from 4.7% in 2006 to 4.0% in 2016.

Read our media release here

NAIDOC Week 2017- Special Guest Tweeter @CHPVic
#NAIDOC2017
NAIDOC week (2-9 July) is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This NAIDOC week, the @CHPVic account is excited to be hosting a special guest-tweeter – an Indigenous Australian with a lived experience of homelessness.  Stay tuned to our Twitter account next week to get their perspective on NAIDOC week, Indigenous homelessness and closing the gap.  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria experience homelessness at a rate four times higher than non-ATSI Victorians.  In 2014-15, 23 per cent of all people who sought assistance from homelessness services in Victoria were Aboriginal Victorians.

CHP has developed an Aboriginal Australians and homelessness fact sheet, which provides a snapshot of the data around Aboriginal homelessness and housing, and a brief overview of the contributing factors to the over-representation of ATSI people in the homelessness system.

We hope you join us this NAIDOC week is celebrating the Indigenous people’s of Australia and highlight the work that still needs to be done to #Closethegap!

Find out more at: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

City of Melbourne launches ‘Homelessness – How You Can Help’ 
The City of Melbourne has created a guide to assist members of the public interested in donating and volunteering to homelessness services.  The guide encourages people to make donations through specialist homelessness services and also provides details of the items that are most needed for donation by leading organisations.  

In the wake of increased public interest in helping the homeless, the page is a terrific resource to share amongst your networks and followers.  As we have seen in Melbourne recently, inappropriate donations can cause more harm than good with ‘dumped donations’ contributing to the perception of people experiencing homelessness intruding on public space.  You can find the page and accompanying resources on the Melbourne City Council website

Connect Respect – training for CBD workers 
The City of Melbourne and Council to Homeless Persons are partnering to deliver the Connect Respect  training program that helps business understand how to connect with people experiencing homelessness in an inclusive, helpful and respectful way.

Businesses, and people whose work brings them into contact with people experiencing homelessness, are encouraged to participate in the Connect Respect training, which is tailored specifically for their business and staff needs. Connect Respect is delivered by member of the CHP Peer Education Support Team

Homes for Victorians – Industry Engagement calendar
Earlier this year the Victorian Government released Homes for Victorians outlining the Government’s response to the housing affordability crisis. DHHS has released an Industry Engagement Plan outlining how it will connect with the full range of industry and government agencies to achieve the plan goals. The calendar can be viewed here

Homelessness Week 2017  


#HW2017 #endhomelessness  
Homelessness Week 2017 will be held from the 7-13 of August and in 2017 is themed to highlight innovation in ending homelessness, and action to achieve change. The week is an opportunity for us to highlight the work of the sector, recognise barriers to ending homelessness in Victoria and most importantly, to recognise our consumers.  

Homelessness Week is also an important opportunity to engage with local MPs and media and inform them about what is needed to end homelessness where we live and work. CHP is encouraging agencies and complementary services to host an event in the week prior to Homeless Persons Week to leverage a pre-Parliamentary sitting week. You can register your event here on the Homelessness Australia website.

CHP’s top picks

Visit CHP’s what’s on page for more events and information. 

 CHP updates

Parity – Call for contributions
You are invited to contribute an article to the July edition of Parity magazine: Poverty and Homelessness. Contributions must be submitted by Friday 17 July 2017. FInd the contributions flyer here.  

Grants

Human services scholarship and Ethel Temby research grant
Applications for the Human services scholarship and Ethel Temby research grant program are now open. The program is open to employees in the human services sector and provides a financial contribution towards either undertaking a qualification or completing a research project.

The Human services scholarships provides financial assistance to undertake study in 2018 and/or 2019 in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, or a course that leads to a qualification.  There are 4 types of scholarships available:

  1. Disability scholarships.
  2. Housing scholarships
  3. Child Protection scholarships
  4. Disability Development Support Officer (DDSO) Senior Leadership scholarships

The Ethel Temby research grant provides up to $9,000 to complete a research project during 2018.  The research will investigate new approaches which will support the vision of Absolutely everyone state disability plan 2017-2020, and may be undertaken locally, interstate or overseas.

Applicants are encouraged to apply if they are employed under the HACSU award, are interested in obtaining a qualification in leadership, work in housing or homelessness or child protection.

Applications close on Tuesday 18 July at 5pm.

More information about the program and the online application form can be found here.

Conferences and events

Victorian Homelessness Conference: Talking Solutions
13-14 September – New speakers and workshops announced!

#CHPConf2017

New speakers have been confirmed for the CHP conference including:

  • Professor Guy Johnston, Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, RMIT University
  • Paul McDonald, CEO Anglicare Victoria and Chair of the HomeStretch campaign
  • Dr Anita Morris, Family Violence Principal Practitioner, DHHS
The debate: Transitional housing continues to have an important role will include:
  • Heather Holst, Deputy CEO, Launch Housing for the affirmative, and
  • Michael Perusco, CEO Unison and Professor Guy Johnson, RMIT for the negative

New workshops have been included in the program to explore:

  • Innovations to manage impossible demand
  • GLBTIQ homelessness
  • Top tips to resolve tenancy issues
  • New research into family breakdown causing youth homelessness

Registrations are now open  
Early bird registration closes 20 July.  
Dates: 13 & 14 September

Does your program need recognition? 

The Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards are a great way to demonstrate to funders the importance of your work.The awards program provides great opportunity to nominate and recognise outstanding specialist homelessness services, consumers or other community members who work to end homelessness in Victoria. 

Nominations close on August 4. Check out the award categories and make your nomination here

Strength in the Difference
Northern Integrated Family Violence Services invites you to strengthen the links between family violence and family services.  Workers will hear from a panel of regional family violence and family services practitioners and work together to build a greater understanding of responses to family violence across each service system.  
Where: Preston
When: 18 July
Register here

The International Mental Health Conference 
The 18th International Mental Health Conference will focus on the range of complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 – 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis.

The conference will also examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.

To confirm your space this year, download the prospectus and return the booking form at the back:

Dhen: 21-23 August 2017
Where: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland
Register here

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