CHP eNews 4 September 2014: Youth unemployment at 15 year high



CHP eNews 2014

4 September 2014

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Proposed Federal budget will have extra-sting in light of increased youth unemployment
Youth unemployment has risen to 13.8 per cent, the highest rate in 15 years, according to analysis by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Youth underemployment (where someone has some work, but wants more) is creeping up as an even bigger problem.
Rising youth unemployment is particularly worrying with looming Federal budget changes which, if passed, will see a six month waiting period for Newstart for those under 30. The changes also mean that people can only stay on Newstart for a maximum of six months in any 18 month period.
A recent Youth Budget Forum held by four Victorian community peak bodies (VCOSS, YACVic, CFECFW and CHP) saw 120 represenatives from the community sector discuss the impacts of proposed changes. Some points from the day include:

  • a call for the reinstatement of Youth Connections, a program that has helped 74,000 vulnerable young Australians to re-engage with study and work since 2010
  • that the false assumption that families can and will continue to financially support offspring until they’re 29 will lead to increased family conflict
  • the budget should invest in an employment program that provides intensive case-managed support for vulnerable young people
  • that changes to income support will lead to greater homelessness, as those without any Centrelink income will be unable to pay for housing, and those who are currently  homeless may be misclassified by Centrelink and have income cut off

A full summary of the youth budget forum can be found on our blog.

Changeover to new Alcohol & Other Drug service delivery
On Tuesday new arrangements for the provision of alcohol and drug services in Victoria officially came into effect. Twenty seven community organisations are leading the delivery of adult non-residential treatment and support services across 16 catchments in the state, with a total of 83 providers participating, most through consortia arrangements. A table outlining all approved providers by catchment and function can be found here.
CHP’s regional consultations continue
What policy issues should CHP be focussing on in the coming year? What is the most pressing concern for your service? How can SHS’s get their local politicians to take notice of homelessness issues? We’ll be talking about these issues and more at a consultation near you:
Bendigo: 19 September (9.30-11.30am)
Ballarat: 19 September (3-5pm)
Morwell: 23 September (9-11am)
Geelong 25 September (9.30-11.30am)

Financial abuse common after women and children leave family violence
A new report from WIRE Women’s Information called ‘Money problems with your partner? Dealing with financial abuse’  shows that many ex-partners deliberately use the legal, child support and income support systems to cause long-term financial hardship and psychological distress to women and their children long after the relationship ends.
The report found that although legally recognised as a form of family violence, financial abuse is generally not well understood and commonly unrecognised, even by women who experience it.
WIRE have also produced an information booklet to complement the research report.

Invitation to participate in a CHP Focus Group
In April, of this year CHP received a grant through the Mercy Foundation to examine the support interventions that directly assist people to gain and sustain a home after homelessness
The project will:

  • bring together evidence of the support interventions that directly assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access and sustain housing
  • develop a complementary housing-focused support practice guide and training module
  • deliver two housing-focused support training sessions to people working in homelessness services across Australia

We are currently seeking leading practitioners in the  SHS to participate in  a two hour focus group to contribute to this important research. The focus groups are an opportunity for leading practitioners to help CHP articulate how they are able to successfully house people, how they find and sustain housing, and how they creatively respond to barriers faced in providing housing-focused support.
Focus groups will be held at CHP on:

  • 18th September 2-4pm
  • 30th September 10-12am
  • 2nd October 2-4pm

Places are limited! If you are interested in participating, or want to suggest a fantastic practitioner you work with,  please contact Trish Westmore, Capacity Building & Policy Officer by email or call 8415 6207.

Frontyard Basement Drop In program
Frontyard has started a Basement Drop In Program, with various activities run each weekday afternoon. From DJ workshops to Jiu Jitsu, iSkills and Women’s Self-defence, young people can just show up at 1.45pm to participate. Accredited training sessions will run once a month. All are free. Download the flier.
MISHA outcomes prove yet again that Permanent Supported Housing model works
Last week Mission Australia launched The MISHA Project: From Homelessness to Sustained Housing. Following participants over two years, the report demonstrates the effectiveness of a Housing First Approach combined with intensive wrap-around supports in sustaining housing outcomes for a group of previously homeless men.
·         Around 90% of participants were able to sustain their tenancies for the entire two year period, despite many experiencing tenancy issues intermittently
·         Incidence of a number of mental disorders were halved. The drop in substance use disorder was particularly dramatic: from 37% to 7%
·         In total, the cost of mainstream health, justice and welfare services reduced from $32,254 per participant in the baseline period, to $24,251 per participant in the 24 month follow-up period. This represents a large saving to Government of $8,002 per participant per year. This handy infographic provides a snapshot of outcomes.

In our state election platform, CHP calls for a $54 million over the next term of Government for a Permanent Supported Housing program that would help 400 long-term homeless get housed, and support them to keep their tenancies.

VCOSS Community Sector Reform Council Consultations
VCOSS is hosting a series of consultations with community sector organisations giving participants a chance to discuss the objectives of the Community Reform Council. Feedback will be sought on the  future direction of the Reform Council.
Geelong               Monday 8 September                    1.00-3.30pm      
Bendigo               Wednesday 10 September          1.00-3.30pm      
Mildura                Friday 12 September                      12.00-3.00pm    
Shepparton        Thursday 18 September                1.00-3.30pm      
Warrnambool    Wednesday 8 October                   1.00-3.30pm      
Traralgon             Monday 13 October                        1.00-3.30pm      
Melbourne         Thursday 16 October                        2.00-4.30pm      
Further information: If you require any further information about the consultations or assistance with booking a place, please contact Renata or call 03 92351010.

Homeless not voteless
The Victorian State Election is on 29 November 2014. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) can assist your clients to enrol and vote. Book in for a visit to your agency:
Enrolment Outreach Sessions
August – October 2014
VEC can contribute to the cost of putting on a morning tea or BBQ for this session.
To book your session please email Alex  with a suggested date.
 Other resources available include:

What happens when disadvantaged people are clustered in the one place?
AHURI will host an event that sees visiting researcher Professor George Galster (Wayne State University, US), Professor Hal Pawson (AHURI Research Centre—The University of NSW) and others discussing the challenges presented by spatial concentrations of disadvantage.
Date: Thursday 25 September
More details:
In case you missed the news!

CHP Updates 
Have you got what it takes to end homelessness? CHP’s Professional Development Survey 2014
A skilled and passionate workforce is critical to end homelessness. CHP has developed a short survey to better understand the professional development goals and preferences of people who are working to end homelessness across Victoria. This is the second year that CHP has run this survey and it will help us compare training needs over time.
The results of the survey will be shared with training providers and used to develop relevant and engaging practice development opportunities. In October, you’ll also be able to view the results via the CHP website to see how your skills and perspectives compare to other people who are also responding to homelessness.
If you work with or for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Victoria, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. Every response is anonymous and will help to build better training opportunities into the future.
Click here to complete the survey now. For more information, contact Trish Westmore, CHP’s Capacity Building and Policy Officer on 8415 6207 or

Call for contributions: October edition of Parity: “Homelessness and the law: Access to justice”

People who are homeless have almost twice the need for legal assistance as the rest of the population and over 85 per cent of homeless people have experienced at least one legal problem over a one-year period, compared to 49 per cent of people living in non-disadvantaged housing. The September edition of Parity will examine how homelessness and the law intersect, with a particular focus on legal need, and current responses to legal need.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of 15 September.
Contribution details can be found here.

PESP Update
PESP members Ben, Vicky and Joal recently participated in a DHS workshop to develop a paid participant handbook for consumers. Following the activity, DHS told us that their contribution ‘made us reflect differently on the material we had produced’, and as a result that they’d be producing a code of conduct, and greater safeguards for peoel around their personal information. This is a true sign that consumer participation is doing what it should.

Wodonga Institute of TAFE has released their SHS training calendar for August-December 2014. Wodonga Institute of TAFE are the key provider of training to the Specialist Homelessness Sector offering a range of tailored low cost training programs. Download the calendar here.

Trauma informed practice for managers & leaders
Presented by experienced trauma specialist, Patrick Tomlinson, this session is designed to address the challenges faced by managers and leaders who work in organisations that support vulnerable or traumatised people. It takes an in-depth look at the best processes and practices for creating a whole-organisational environment to support the therapeutic task.
Date: 23-24 October 2014
Venue: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Bell St, Preston
Cost: $300
Registrations and more info on the Lighthouse Institute website.

Introduction to homelessness and social housing (2 days)
This workshop explores the social housing sector. The training focuses on the causal and structural issues of homelessness, the current issues that impact on the sector and different models of work, the components and structure of the social housing sector (including the range and variety of service provision), the context of social housing provision including historical, social, political, and economic aspects, and the issues that clients face.
Date: Monday and Tuesday, 22 & 23 September 2014
Venue: CAE, Melbourne
Cost: $88
Registrations: Book via EventBrite

Home til stumps – housing options for older people in insecure housing
Hume Region Homelessness Network will present this forum to understand more about the housing and homelessness risk to older people in the Golburn Murray Ovens Region.
Date: Thursday 9 October
Time: 9.15am – 3pm
Venue: Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla
Registration via TryBooking.
More info: Download the flier  or contact Jan Armstrong

Male Health Victoria, 3rd Annual Victorian Male Health Gathering.
The Social Determinants of Health: Finding the Keys to Better Male Health and Wellbeing
Date: Wednesday September 10
Lyrebird Community Centre, Carrum Downs
Speakers include Dr Dianne Currier from Ten to Men Australian Longitudinal Study, Anthony Smith speaking on “Links between Unemployment and Suicide” and Mark Towler speaking on “How does Homelessness Impact Health” for more information and registration email Stephen at  or phone 0401876646. Visit the website here.
MHV Members Free, Non Members $50 which includes 12 month membership.

3rd National Hoarding and Squalor Conference
Date: Thursday 18 and Friday 19 September
Cost: 2 day conference $654.50 (inc. GST) 1 day only $330.00 (inc. GST)
Conference registrations: to register, click here.
Location:  Melbourne
Mind Your Family – the impact and management of family violence
The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Greater Eastern Primary Health (GEPH) come together to present a special one-day conference for GPs, psychologists and mental health practitioners, dedicated to the identification, management and prevention of domestic violence.
This important one day conference will be held between 9am-5pm on Saturday October 11th 2014 at Monash University, Clayton. Key speakers will describe clinical assessments, management strategies and other important aspects of assisting women experiencing intimate partner violence. A Practitioner’s toolkit will be available, along with other important resource materials.
Date: Saturday 11 October
Venue: Monash University, Clayton
More information on the website
Social Work in the 21st Century – 17-21 October
The aim of the symposium is to showcase evidence based social work practice, research and education in health.
The symposium will highlight innovation in Social Work practice, how the discipline can influence service delivery in health, and creative ways of integrating Social Work practice.
Date: 17-21 October
Location: Gold Coast
More info online 
Design for social innovation  – NSW 20-21 October
A two day conference on the latest thinking, doing and change emerging in the field of design‑led social innovation.
Date: 20-21 October 2014
Location: NSW
More info online


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