CHP eNews 2014
3 April 2014
Seven peak bodies join to launch ‘Making Social Housing Work’ plan
Yesterday CHP joined with six other peak bodies to launch a joint paper outlining a vision to grow social housing in Victoria, and address the chronic shortage of affordable housing.
The ‘Making Social Housing Work’ plan proposes the creation of 800 new social housing properties per year through an annual investment of $200 million, as well as the transfer of public housing stock to community housing, and changes to improve the private rental market.
The Victorian Government released their social housing plan just days ago. We are pleased to see that it includes investment to maintain and repair existing public housing stock, now it’s time to take steps to grow the pool of social housing.
For more information:
- Download ‘Making Social Housing Work’ report.
- Read CHP’s media release .
- Read the joint media release from Community Housing Federation of Victoria, Victorian Council of Social Services, Council to Homeless Persons, Victorian Public Tenants Association, Tenants Union of Victoria, Domestic Violence Victoria, Justice Connect Homeless Law.
NPAH uncertainty ends
Months of uncertainty around the future of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness ended on Sunday.
After sustained campaigning from state and national bodies, including a letter undersigned by 40 CEOs from homelessness agencies, Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, announced that $115m was to be allocated to the continuation of services for a further year. It’s a relief for services to know they won’t have to turn away clients or reduce staff.
However, the funding announced is a reduction of $44m from the previous year’s $159m. While the Government has said this won’t affect frontline services, it is funding that was targeted at building the homes and crisis facilities that provide immediate shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
We look forward to working with the State and Federal Government on an ongoing funding agreement, so that we do not find ourselves back here in a year’s time, arguing for the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community.
Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2014 #YHMD2014
A reminder that Youth Homelessness Matters Day is less than one week away – 9th April. This year’s theme is ‘Like, Share Act’ which encourages people to take action. Visit the websiteand get involved in some
- Like: give YHMD a thumbs up on Facebook, and learn about young people’s stories as well as receive campaign updates;
- Share: sharing information, tweets and links with friends and networks. Use the #YHMD2014 hashtag on Facebook and Twitter
- Act: host an event to show your friends that you are committed to making a difference
Webinar: Exploring Practical Ways of Helping Women and Children Who Have Experienced Domestic and Family Violence Stay in the Home
National counselling service 1800RESPECT is hosting a webinar that will explore ways of helping women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence, stay in their homes.
Housing academic Dr Angela Spinney will present her work on housing and domestic violence, in the context of the close relationship between homelessness and family violence. Practical strategies for assisting women and children to stay in their homes will be presented.
Date: Thursday 10 April
Time: 1.00pm – 1.45pm AEST
Location: At your computer!
Click here to register.
Homeground launches non-profit Real Estate Agency
Last week HomeGround Services formally launched its not-for-profit real estate agency offering property and tenancy management services to investors and socially minded property owners. HomeGround Real Estate will run as a social enterprise, with its proceeds to be reinvested in the community to assist a growing number of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Go to the Homeground Real Estate website to find out more.
SHIP Enhancement project update
AIHW released several new enhancements in SHIP last month, which aim to lift response rates, assist users to create presenting units correctly and ensure that housing outcomes are entered correctly on the Status tab. These updates are worth noting if you are responsible for collecting and reporting data via SHIP, and ensure that more complete and accurate data is gathered for our sector.
An overview of the full range of enhancements and changes is provided on the Homelessness Australia website.
Grants and awards
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – Exploration Grants
Exploration grants of up to $50,000 are available to organisations who are working in one of the Foundation’s six key Impact Areas including Youth, Ageing, Homelessness, Community &Preventative Health, the Environment (including Food Security), and Arts &Heritage.
Exploration Grants are provided for the following areas of support:
• Project funding to test, demonstrate, trial or pilot a new concept or idea that will lead to a service improvement or an advance in addressing a major community issue
• Research funding to build understanding of an area or issue, inform program design or practice, inform policy development and philanthropic investment, identify good practice or inform community behaviour
• Funding to support the initial development phase of a social enterprise.
To be eligible to apply for an Exploration Grant, an organisation must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity and usually a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).
More information is available from the website or by downloading the flier.
HESTA Unsung Hero Award
As part of this year’s ACOSS conference in June, HESTA will be sponsoring the Community Sector Awards, which celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the community service sector.
Unsung Hero Award – $10,000 Prize
An individual working within the community sector who has made an exceptional contribution to social justice in Australia by enhancing the well-being of individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage.
- Currently works (paid or unpaid) in the community sector or has done so during 2012
- At least 5 years’ experience within the community service sector.
- Demonstrated exceptional contribution and commitment through their work over time.
- Recognised for the effectiveness and impact of their work.
Nominations can be made on the Community Sector Awards website.
VCOSS Link is a practical resourcing hub specifically for the Victorian community sector including everything from evaluation to governance to finance. VCOSS Link provides a training calendar, free specialist professional development opportunities (including the bankmecu Finance Network), the Pieces e-bulletin and a database of resources to help save your organisation time. Explore the VCOSS Link website and contact Amy for more information.
In case you missed the news!
The Age: Victoria has severe shortage of public housing, says report Wednesday 2 April
ABC News Radio: Lack of public housing a ‘significant factor’ in levels of homelessness, says CHP
ABC Radio : The World Today Homeless services say another year’s funding is not enough certainty (interviews with Heather Holst, Homeground and Jacinta Wainwright, WRISC) Monday 31 March
Herald Sun : No more public housing high-rise, as calls grow for sell-off Monday 31 March
ProBono News: Govt announces stopgap arrangement for homelessness Monday 31 March
The Age : Poor left stranded in public housing revamp Monday 31 March
Geelong Advertiser : Welfare agencies fear rise in homelessness after cutbacks Monday 31 March
Join us on Youth Homelessness Matters Day to launch the March 2014 ‘Foyers and Families: Housing Approaches to Supporting Children and Young People’ edition of Parity.
The Victorian Minister for Housing The Hon Wendy Lovell will be launching the edition, and will also be giving the audience the first viewing of a very special video that CHP and YACVic have created in partnership for YHMD.
Time: 9.45 am till 11.00am
Date: Wednesday April 9th 2014
Location: Melbourne City Mission’s ‘Step Ahead’ foyer @ The Precinct, 6 Church Street, Fitzroy North
RSVP ASAP Helen Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2014 edition: ‘Case Management and Homelessness’
Contributions are sought for the ‘Case Management and Homelessness’ edition of Parity. Case management has been central to homelessness assistance in Australia for some decades. This edition gives the SHS a chance to explore the origins and future of case management.
Contributions close on 14 April. More details are available here.
May 2014 Parity: ‘Housing Insecurity and Homelessness’ edition
Contributions are sought for the ‘Housing Insecurity and Homelessness edition of Parity.
Contributions close on 16 May. More details available here.
PESP training continues
PESP members are continuing their training program, most recently being put through their paces in mock media interviews as part of preparation.
New PESP member Joal, is already out and about, speaking last week at the inaugural Youth Refuge Forum held at Melbourne City Mission about how important youth workers are. Joal also spoke at the ‘Not So Hypothetical – A Heated Conversation’ event at Melbourne University, which explored how Melbourne’s systems would cope during a heat wave.
PESP Graduate Vicky, spoke at the Homeground Real Estate launch last week about her long wait for a safe, permanent home for her and her kids. Vicky and fellow graduate Allan will be presenting at the Moreland City Council’s affordable housing strategy launch on 10 April, having both experienced homelessness in the City of Moreland.
Managing stress in the community services environment
This workshop explores stress and its signs and symptoms, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, strategies for managing stress, reflective practice, and identifying possible sources of professional support.By Wodonga Institute of TAFE
Date: Friday 23 May
Venue: Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne
‘Understanding financial abuse in FV’ workshop (PD)
WIRE is running our popular one-day professional development workshop for financial counsellors, social and community workers, counsellors and any professionals that work with women who have experienced family violence.
Date: Wednesday 16 April
Venue: WIRE 372 Spencer St, West Melbourne
Bookings here or for more info email Julie or phone 9348 9416
13th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference – Families in a rapidly changing world
Date: 30 July – 1 August
The AIFS conference will showcase cutting-edge research on topical issues relating to how families are adjusting to a rapidly changing world. It will outline key policy priorities for advancing the wellbeing of Australian families.
Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre
More information at the conference website.
8th National Homelessness Conference: Complexities & Countermeasures
At this biennial conference front-line providers, academics, governments and agencies and those with a lived experience of homelessness will connect to identify the multiple and interwoven causes of homelessness, unpack the elements of successful programs, policies and practices, and seek ways these can be applied to prevent and end homelessness.
Date: 10 – 12 September 2014
Venue: Gold Coast
Further information can be found on the conference website.
ACOSS National Conference – Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond
The ACOSS National Conference connects people in the community sector, along with business and government, to discuss the latest directions, ideas and action to address poverty and inequality in Australia.
The ACOSS conference will feature leaders from across Australia to illuminate developments in social and economic policy and opportunities for community sector advocacy and action.
Date: 11 & 12 June 2014
For registrations and program information, go to the conference website.