CHP eNews 6 March 2014: DHS workshops – have your say on future responses to homelessness





CHP eNews 2014

6 March 2014

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DHS workshops – have your say on future responses to homelessness
The Department of Human Services will be holding workshops for you to have your say on how the future response to homelessness is designed and how we get there. The workshops are targeted to homelessness agencies and other community service agencies that are involved in providing a response to homelessness.

These sessions will be held across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria in March. Please visit the DHS website to find your closest location and click on the corresponding RSVP link to register your attendance. Attendance will be limited to two representatives from each organisation.

Peak bodies warn of risk to homelessness and family violence programs
As a pre-curser to International Women’s Day, CHP, ACOSS and Domestic Violence Victoria  held a press conference warning of the potential loss of hundreds of homelessness programs, amongst  them family violence programs, which are all funded under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
Jenny Smith, CHP CEO, said at the press conference, “Ripping funding from homelessness services will result in more homelessness with women and children sleeping in their cars, in rooming houses and couch hopping.” The full media release can be viewed here.  

NPAH questions in the Senate
The National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) was given significant air time in Senate Estimates last week, when Senator Rachel  Siewert, the Australian Greens spokesperson on families and community services, raised some crucial homelessness issues. She echoed CHP’s own concerns, highlighting the hundreds of programs that are at risk if the funding is not extended past 30 June. In Victoria alone, 90 homelessness programs are funded through NPAH. The video and transcript of the questions and answers can be found here.

CHP seeks information on Victorian NPAH programs
CHP is seeking information from the organisations that receive NPAH funding for homelessness programs in order to get a full picture of the  wide-reaching consequences should NPAH funding not be extended.
If your organisation is interested in contributing to this information, please email Lanie, and provide as much of the following as you can:

  • Name of the NPAH-funded program
  • Number of clients currently being supported through the program
  • Number of staff (or EFT) attached to the program
  • Amount of funding received through NPAH

Targeted intervention at the right time is key to ending homelessness
In CHP’s Framework for ending homelessness paper, which was submitted to Government in December, we call for a greater focus on preventing homelessness and early intervention. We’ve prepared a 2-page ‘cheat sheet’ about preventing homelessness.
On an individual basis, preventing homelessness is a highly complex task. While practitioners can identify the risk factors for homelessness, research shows that it’s difficult to predict who, of the people displaying those factors, will actually become homeless. This is why targeted interventions, close to the point where homelessness is imminent, are most effective. However, general strategies aimed at alleviating poverty and creating affordable housing are critical to any prevention efforts. 

Half-day Sector Forum – Innovations in Mental Health and Homelessness
CHP is hosting a half-day Sector forum to discuss the policy, program and practice responses to the mental health issues experienced by people who are homeless. The Forum will feature speakers from VICSERV, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria, Alfred HOPS, NEAMI, Douta Galla, Alfred Psychiatry and Sacred Heart Mission, and also include a number of interactive break-out workshop sessions.
Date:     Tuesday 18 March
Time:     9am – 1pm
Venue:   Melbourne Town Hall
The event is free to attend, but please RSVP via EventBrite.
Prior to the launch, the Hon Georgie Crozier Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Mental Health will be launching the February 2014 edition of Parity: ‘Innovation in Mental Health and Homelessness’

AHURI Evidence Review – Will releasing more land lead to increased affordable housing?
A recent AHURI Evidence Review suggests that releasing new tracts of land on the outer fringes of a city for residential development would not push down house prices across the board.
Housing prices have risen not simply because of a lack of available land, but because of population and income growth, low interest rates, and the impact of increased property investors in the market. The complex relationship between these factors means that simply releasing more land to build new houses will not grow the pool of affordable housing. A more integrated approach is required.
Read the full Review on the AHURI website

Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project
Justice Connect Homeless Law is excited to announce the launch of its Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project. Women who are facing eviction into homelessness (including women on low incomes in public, community or private rental who have received notices to vacate or have a VCAT hearing) will be eligible for assistance. The Project will involve a weekly outreach clinic, staffed by pro bono lawyers as well as a dedicated social worker, who will attend client appointments and assist with case co-ordination. The Project aims to prevent the eviction of women and children into homelessness and sustain their tenancies in the long term. The first clinic appointments will take place on 8 April 2014. Call 1800 606 313 with any queries or to make referrals. Visit the Justice Connect website  for more information.

Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2014 #YHMD2014

Young people make up nearly half of Victoria’s homeless population, and yet homelessness is still seen as an issue facing older men who end up sleeping rough.
Youth Homelessness Matters Day is on 9th April, a day that aims to raise awareness of the problem of youth homelessness. This year’s theme is ‘Like, Share Act’ which encourages people to take action.

  • 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;
  • Act: host an event to show your friends that you are committed to making a difference

The YHMD website will go live on Monday 10th March 2014 to coincide with the launch of the online campaign.

Salvation Army’s ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Short Film Competition.’
Young people aged 12 to 25 are invited to make a film (maximum 5 minutes), that helps others understand the issue of youth homelessness. Finalists will have their films screened at a special event at Federation Square, Melbourne on YHMD starting at 5.00pm. Entries close 5.00pm, AEST Tuesday 25th March 2014.
For conditions of entry and more information on the competition visit their website.

In case you missed the news! 

CHP Updates

March 2014 edition: Foyers and Families: Housing Approaches to Supporting Young People
Foyers and ‘foyer-like’ programs have become an important part in  tackling youth homelessness in Australia. This edition will take a close look at their use and impact both here and abroad.
Please look at the Call for contributions  for further information. 

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.
Contributions are sought for the following  chapters or sections
Chapter 1: The Foundations of the Case Management Response to Homelessness
Chapter 2: How Does Case Management Work to Provide Homelessness Support?
Chapter 3: National Best Practice
Chapter 4: The Future of Case Management
Contributions close on 14 April. More details are available here.


Professional development, training and conferences

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.

VICSERV – Community Sector Reform Forum
In the current ‘reform rich’ environment, this is a forum that provides CEOs, senior managers and others operating at a strategic level in community mental health services with the opportunity to hear about and discuss the Victorian Government’s landmark initiative for broad community sector reform.
Date: Monday 24 March 2014,
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Venue:  Melbourne

Registrations close on Friday 14 March 2014. Click here to reserve your place.

Financial Literacy and Counselling 
Date: Wednesday 19 March
Time: 9.30 AM – 4:00pm Venue: CHFV, Level 1, 128 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000
Cost:  $440 inclusive GST (members)  $500 (non- members) for both days
Further enquiries can be directed to Holly Mullaney or check the CHFV website.

Introduction to Imprisonment in Victoria
Date: Wednesday March 19
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Flemington Kensington Bowling Club, Corner Smithfield & Racecourse Roads Flemington VIC 3031  
Cost: $25/$40 Melbourne $25/$40
The Centre for Human Rights of Imprisoned People are offering this training as part of their 2014 Effective Advocacy Training Calendar.  

People skills for working with complex behaviours (2 days) 
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, 18 & 19 March 2014
Time: 9.30 am – 4:30pm
Venue: Melbourne CBD (TBC)
Cost:  $88 (cross sector $440)
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Working with CALD consumers
This workshop covers the cultural awareness required for effective communication with people from diverse cultures.
Date:    Thursday 27 & Wednesday 28 March       
Time:   9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne,
Cost: $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Mental health first aid (2 days) Date: Thursday 27 & Wednesday 28 March     
Time: 9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:  $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Reflective practice (2 days)
Date:  Thursday 27 & Wednesday 28 March                       
Time:  9.30am
Venue: Centre for Adult Education,  4 / 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost:  $88
More info is available from the Wodonga TAFE website, or by emailing Wodonga TAFE.

Corrections Resource Centre Tour
Date: Thursday April 10
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Venue: TBC upon registration (Melbourne)
Cost:  $25/$40
The Centre for Human Rights of Imprisoned People are offering this training as part of their 2014 Effective Advocacy Training Calendar.

Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Practice Summit 2014
The Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Practice Summit 2014 is targeted at youth practitioners working with young people who are highly vulnerable or at risk, particularly those using substances.
Date: 28 March 2014
Venue: Melbourne Park Function Centre
Cost: Standard $170
Register directly via Eventbright or for further information, check out the summit website, or email YSAS or phone (03) 9415 8881


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