New CHP Board members elected
On Wednesday 27 November, CHP held its Annual General Meeting. At the meeting, we farewelled retiring CHP Board Member, Shelley Mallet, and elected two new members to the Board – John Blewonski, CEO of VincentCare Victoria and VincentCare Community Housing and Heather Holst, CEO of HomeGround Services. Ian Coverdale was also re-elected to serve a further three-year term. A full list of board members can be viewed here. The CHP Annual Report is now available to download.
Research and resources
Building the evidence base around homelessness and family violence
Demonstrating the evidence-base and efficacy of service delivery is becoming more and more important. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has released a paper that summaries critical elements of the homelessness evidence base, as well as highlighting key areas for further research. You can read the report here.
Similarly, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has also released a report identifying critical evidence gaps surrounding domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia.
These reports provide useful directions for people engaged in researching and responding to homelessness and family violence.
Commonwealth Rent Assistance critical for low-income renters, says AHURI
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has written an evidence review of Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA), citing research that indicates that CRA has doubled the proportion of recipients paying an affordable rent, but also that the CRA payments have not kept up with the real housing costs. The importance of financial assistance for Australian households on low-incomes was emphasised in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, which reported that 1.2 million Australians receive CRA. The squeeze on rental affordability in the private market, together with a decline in the availability of social housing has led to greater numbers of households applying for and accessing Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA). Read the AHURI review of CRA here.
Homelessness Australia elects new Chair
Pauline Woodbridge has been elected as the new Chair of Homelessness Australia. Pauline has an extensive background in the homelessness sector and has been on the WESNET (Women’s Services Network) council since its inception in 1994. Pauline has been involved with HA, as a board member for many years and she is currently CEO of the North Queensland Domestic Violence Service.
ProBono Australia launches NFP salary survey
Pro Bono Australia, in conjunction with Westpac Social Sector Banking and BT Private Portfolio, has again launched Australia’s largest salary survey aimed specifically at the Not for Profit sector. To be part of this new Salary Survey initiative, click here. All participants will go into the draw to win a $300 Ticketmaster voucher.
StreetSmart Australia asks diners to add $2 to their bill for homeless
For the six weeks in the lead-up to Christmas, StreetSmart partners with restaurants to ask diners to make a small donation to StreetSmart on their bill. Every table is asked to add $2 or more to their bill for the DineSmart campaign. 100 per cent of donations go directly to charity partners. More info is available here.
For those who missed the news!
Salvos data reveals domestic violence and lack of affordable housing driving homelessness
On Monday, The Salvation Army released for the first time a snapshot of the issues that most affect the people seeking support from homelessness services. Bringing together data from 155 homelessness services, the report showed that 44 per cent of those accessing Salvation Army services identified housing affordability or housing crisis as their main presenting issue. Also striking is that more than half of the women seeking accommodation from the Salvos are facing domestic or family violence. Read the media release here.
HomeGround to open not-for-profit real estate agency to support homeless
The Age recently reported that a not-for-profit real estate agency will open in 2014, giving landlords the opportunity to have their property managed by HomeGround Services, with the agent's commission funding going back into their other initiatives. The agency will have a shopfront in HomeGround’s headquarters in Oxford Street, Collingwood, and two staff backed by HomeGround property managers. Read the article here.
Ireland aims to end homelessness by 2016
The Irish Government has pledged to end homelessness by 2016. With a population not much greater than that of Victoria, the government has said its homeless policy statement, published this year, emphasised a housing-led policy that was about accessing permanent housing as a response to all forms of homelessness. Read the Irish Times article here.
In the Twittersphere
@salvojdk : Homelessness doesn't have to exist. People don't want charity, they want justice. @JohnFalzon at the @CHPVic AGM.
@GeelongProject : Great read @geelongaddy article on how our #earlyintervention project is really changing lives
@StreetSmartAust : $2 may only buy you a slice of toast in cafe these days, but it can also change a life… DineSmart
@CHPVic : @salvojdk @VCOSS having good data and sharing it is a great strategy for making #homelessness everyone's business. Well done, @salvos!
@HomelessnessAus Today (2 Dec) is International Day of People with Disability #IDPWD – 25% of ppl accessing #homeless services report having a disability
Disability Self Help Group grants now open
Grants of up to $10,000 over two years are now available to assist disability self-help groups to increase the independence and community participation of people with disabilities.
This year the Government has simplified the application and doubled the funding period for this round of Disability Self Help Grants which closes on Friday 13 December 2013.
Grants of up to $10,000 over two years are now available. Grant funding is provided for a variety of practical purposes including general expenses, running costs, and minor works or equipment. For further information and application forms click here or telephone (03) 9096 9747DineSmart grants round is now open
DineSmart grants round is now open
The DineSmart fundraiser is in full swing and proceeds from this year's event will again be used for funding grants for smaller not for profits assisting people who are homeless or at risk. This grants round closes on the 13th December. Full details are available here.