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CHP eNews 2017

7 September 2017

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Finland has eliminated chronic homelessness. What’s their secret?
With just days until the Victorian Homelessness Conference, we are particularly looking forward to the keynote address by Professor O’Sullivan, Editor of the European Journal of Homelessness, who will provide insights on Europe’s approach to ending homelessness. In 2008, Ireland, Denmark and Finland each set a target to end homelessness by 2016. Only Finland has succeeded. Today, Finland has no rough sleepers and just 52 shelter beds in the entire country. What is the secret to Finland’s success? Well, you’ll have to come to the conference to find out! There are still a handful of places, so get to it – book now

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
Today the High Court will decide if the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can survey Australians on the question of marriage equality. If the survey proceeds, survey forms will be received by mail between 13 and 25 September 2017.
The ABS have put in place ways to enable people who have no fixed address to participate in the survey – so long as they are on the electoral role. In summary, every elector will have a unique identifier that can be used to request a paper survey, or for an online or phone vote. The details are spelled out in this letter from the ABS. We encourage you to distribute this information to clients.

A lesson in Gaelic pronunciation
The CHP team was stumped for a while about the pronunciation of our keynote speaker’s name. We fiercely debated if it was Ewan? Ian? or E-Oan?
Well, let us put this one to bed. We can confirm that Eoin is pronounced ‘Owen’. Our gratitude to Eoin for answering this question on Skype, and for YouTube for providing this clip we can share with you.

Petition to oppose cuts to welfare
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has launched a petition opposing the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

The bill proposes nine more cuts to the incomes of people living insevere hardship, including cuts to the Energy Supplement and Bereavement allowance.

ACOSS has released a joint statement urging the rejection of the bill that has been signed by over 40 community organisations. You can support this important campaign by signing the petition to oppose the Bill here, and by sharing the campaign video on social media.

Sign up for cold weather alerts from DHHS
This week saw a particularly cold front sweep through Victoria. To assists homelessness services, The Department of Health and Human Services currently runs a Cold Weather Alert System developed as a part of the State Government’s Responding to people who are sleeping rough in extreme weather policy in which an email alert is issued whenever the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts weather conditions “near, at or above the cold weather thresholds for a monitoring station in a particular weather forecast district.” You can sign up to receive these alerts at via this website.

Client Incident Management System (CIMS) implementation date revised
DHHS has advised of a revised CIMS implementation date of 15 January 2018. The revised implementation date allows for further support to service providers by way of training and Information Technology (IT) support.

The department has developed a new CIMS IT solution to support the new CIMS. To assist service providers to prepare existing IT systems, specifications for the CIMS Application Program Interface (API) have been released in stages, most recently, the CIMS Application Program Interface (API) Specifications V1.1 on 24 August 2017.

Availability of the department-built client incident register
As you are aware, the department will make available the department-built client incident register (CIR) for funded organisations. This is intended to particularly assist providers who do not have a client incident information system. It can also be used by providers currently using third party software, should their IT provider be unable to update software for the CIMS implementation from 15 January 2018.

CIMS IT on-boarding
The department has requested feedback from funded organisations to indicate their intention to either use existing Information Technology (IT) systems or the department-built CIR. At this point in time only 40% of in-scope funded organisations have responded. In-scope funded organisations are requested to urgently advise the department of their intention by completing the following survey:
Organisations that have previously submitted this information will be contacted in September 2017 to commence their CIMS IT on boarding process.

Learning and development
Between June and August 2017, the department has conducted information sessions to further raise awareness of the new CIMS. Additional information sessions will be scheduled for October and December 2017. On-line learning modules will be released in September. Funded organisations will be advised of their availability via the Funded Agency Channel.
If you would like more information about this project, please email

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CHP Updates

Three new reasons to book your place for the Victorian Homelessness Conference:

(1) Sami Shah (ABC radio and The Project) will MC the Awards celebration

(2) New session just added: Advocating for Change – top tips on planning a successful campaign, engaging your local MP, and attracting media attention (with guest speaker Danny Pearson, ALP MP)

(3) Open Canvas Art exhibition (and competition!) – art by people who have experienced homelessness or other adversity

Book your place at the conference today and check out the full program here

Don’t forget!
Follow @CHPconf2017 for all the news and ideas from the conference

Jobs at CHP
Capacity Building Officer

The Capacity Building Officer will provide support across the range of capacity building activities undertaken by CHP. A key focus of the position will be maximising stakeholder engagement by supporting CHP’s capacity building consultation and communication strategies. More info here.

SHS Transition Planning Project Coordinator
The SHS Transition Planning Project Coordinator will be responsible for the development of a SHS Transition Plan and the delivery of related activities. More info here.

Parity – Call for contributions
The September 2017 edition of Parity “Current issues in housing tenure” is now open for contributions. This edition aims to examine the range of tenancy issues that impact on the ability of people, particularly people attempting to exit or at risk of homelessness, to sustain their tenancies. Contributions close 9 September 2017. Download the flyer here.

View this edition’s full list of articles and contributors here. Subscribe to Parity here.

Be in the know on social
Are you a CHP member, or just want to link-in with like minded tweeters? Follow our curated CHP members twitter list here to be up to date on what the homeless and housing sector is talking about.

#RUOKDay is this September 14. It’s a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life. For resources and to find out how you can get involved, check out their website

Call for Abstracts- 5th National Elder Abuse Conference
The Program Sub-Committee of the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference invites you to submit abstracts for consideration in the Conference Program
Elder Abuse affects at least 5% of Australians – that’s more than 182,000 people. The Conference will explore initiatives and solutions to tackle and reduce the number of cases of elder abuse in Australia.
Visit the website for more information and to submit an abstract

CHP State Budget submission consultation
The 2018-19 budget submission is an important opportunity for the Victorian homelessness sector. In recent years many recommendations in CHP budget submissions have been adopted by the Victorian Government. As homelessness continues to increase in this extremely competitive housing market, it’s important that we continue to get the right responses to help end homelessness in Victoria.

We’re inviting you to contribute your thoughts and expertise to the development of the State budget submission. This stage of the consultation will close at 9 am on Friday 8 September.

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