CHP eNews 2017
9 March 2017
Victorian Government housing plan released
On Monday, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas released the affordable housing plan ‘Homes for Victorians’. This includes several recent announcements, including the $1 billion fund to grow social housing announced last month, as well as new initiatives. The sections that will have most impact on homelessness include:
We encourage you to explore the full plan, which also includes strategies to lower the cost of home ownership for first home buyers, the introduction of a ‘vacancy tax’, and some small scale pilots of inclusionary zoning. You can read our media release here.
Speak up against proposed homeless by-laws
The campaign to stop proposed City of Melbourne by-laws that would ban camping in the CBD and inner Melbourne continues to gain momentum.
The current focus is on getting as many submissions as possible in via Council’s community consultation process before the deadline of Friday 17 March. We would encourage you and any organisations you are part of to put in a brief online submission highlighting both the harm of these proposed laws for people sleeping rough, and providing examples of the lack of housing options that results in rough sleeping.
We were also pleased to see ASU Victorian Branch Secretary Richard Duffy release a video about the by-laws highlighting the role of ASU members in homelessness services and local government compliance. Read more on our blog here or Justice Connect’s ‘Don’t Criminialise Homelessness‘ website.
International Women’s Day 2017
Did you know that almost 60% of people supported by specialist homelessness services are women? And that over half of all women experiencing homelessness do so due to family violence?
This week on Twitter, we have been highlighting the sobering statistics about homelessness and women and connecting the dots between issues of equality and issues of housing and homelessness. Homelessness is inherently a women’s issue and we can’t achieve equality until all women have access to the housing and support they need. Read our IWD blog post here.
There’s also some great work happening over at JusticeConnect in their Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project with their 10 Calls for Change Campaign. Check it out here.
The campaign for fair rental laws gathers pace
We are a proud supporter of the Make Renting Fair Campaign as we share the widespread concerns that weakening tenant protections will directly lead to homelessness for thousands of insecure renters. If private rental access and stability goes backwards for this group, the result will be longer housing waiting lists, more people in rooming houses and more people sleeping rough.
Sign the campaign petition here and add your voice to the call for fair rental reforms. You can also read CHP’s full submission to Consumer Affairs Victoria’s options paper. Please also join in support of this campaign by emailing the Tenants Union of Victoria for more information.
Challenging homelessness solutions that won’t work
Last week 3AW radio presenter Tom Elliott developed a solution to homelessness, which was widely promoted on 3AW and in the Herald Sun. This involved building a multi-story boarding house in the outer suburbs with hundreds of rooms and relocating people sleeping rough. To encourage homeless people to accept the accommodation, Tom proposed reintroducing vagrancy laws to enable prosecution of any one who remained on the street.
CHP responded to the proposal with a background briefing for Tom, and then discussed the plan and our proposed alternatives on his show. Using this link go to the podcast for March 3, and listen in at the 35 -43 minute mark to what was a great discussion.
Visit CHP’s what’s on page for more events and information.
In the news – in case you missed it!
Calls for contributions
You are invited to contribute an article to the April edition of Parity “Giving Voice: Young People Experiencing and Responding to Homelessness”. Contributions must be submitted by Friday 17 March 2017. Download the contributions flier for more details or contact Parity editor Noel.
Conferences and events
SAVE THE DATE: CHP Conference 13-14 September, Melbourne Town Hall
Keynote speaker: Professor Eoin O’Sullivan from Trinity College Dublin is a leading academic on homelessness in Europe, and editor of the European Journal on Homelessness. His particular experience relates to housing led approaches to ending homelessness, and to ending homelessness for young people who are experiencing more entrenched homelessness.
CEDA Keynote address: Affordable housing
Victorian Housing Minister Martin Foley and Chief Executive of Infrastructure Victoria Michel Masson will examine demand, new investment, policy changes and alternative approaches to the growing issue of housing affordability.
Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
Time: 12.00pm to 2.00pm
Trauma-Informed Care and Practice in Domestic and Family Violence Services
Provides the trauma-informed information and skills needed by personnel working with people and families with experiences of domestic and family violence, past and current.
Date: Friday, 10 March 2017
Cost: from $279
“…but he’s a good dad, right?” Responding to fathers who perpetrate family violence
Understand the risks and opportunities in working with fathers who perpetrate family violence.
Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
Supporting Practice with Complex Trauma Clients
Provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge, skills and tools for working clinically with adult survivors of complex trauma.
Date: Monday 8 May 2017
Cost: from $237 early bird (ends Mar 13) – full price $310