CHP eNews 8 January 2015: NPAH uncertainty remains; Parity safe despite funding cuts



CHP eNews 2015

8 January 2015

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Continued calls to renew NPAH funding
For the third year running, the Victorian homelessness sector has started a new year with no certainty about the future of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, which expires in June 2015.
As you would be aware, this joint agreement between Federal and State government’s provides $60 million funding per annum to Victoria for around 90 homelessness services to deliver a range of programs, including Melbourne Street to Home,  Supporting Families at Risk of Homelessness and A Place to Call Home.
The State Government has committed to fund the agreement for a further three years, but we await confirmation from the Federal Government that the NPAH will be extended beyond June.
As per previous years, CHP will be communicating our concern over the NPAH uncertainty to the Federal Government, and supporting Homelessness Australia in doing the same.
Late last year we sent a letter to the then Federal Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews. We encourage you to email the new Minister, Scott Morrison to explain how your service is affected by the funding uncertainty, and the importance of NPAH.
If you are a service that receives NPAH funding, please let CHP know if you’d like to be part of future activities to demonstrate the importance of this funding stream.

$21 million cut from national homelessness funding
On 23 December we learned that the Federal Government  will abolish the $21.13 million Housing and Homelessness Grants program, part of which funds three national peaks; Homelessness Australia (HA), National Shelter and the Community Federation of Housing Australia (CHFA).
We conveyed our grave disappointment to the Federal Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, in a letter that you can read here.
Although the Federal Government insists that the funding cuts will not affect frontline services, the value of a national peak body cannot be underestimated. They ensure that the voices of our most vulnerable citizens are included in Federal policy discussions. The impact of the cuts may not be immediately felt, but they will hurt the sector down the track.
A tangible example of the important work that Homelessness Australia undertakes is the strident campaigning they undertook last year to have the NPAH funding extended.

Heatwave responses to homelessness
The City of Melbourne recently released its Heatwaves and homelessness strategy which outlines a number of responses that will be implemented during days of extreme heat. These include free access to swimming pools and cinemas. The document also includes a useful map of cool places to seek refuge in the CBD and surrounds. The Guardian yesterday published an excellent article on hot weather and homelessness, including an interview with our PESP member, Danny.

Arts Centre Home Project: Everyone has a story. What’s yours?
CHP is excited to be part of the Arts Centre Home Project. This summer thousands of little houses decorated by people from all over Victoria will cover our streets.  People are encouraged to find them, move them, share them, photograph them and upload the pics to social media using the #homemelb hashtag.
CHP will be holding a stall on Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 January on the lawn outside the Arts Centre called ‘Conversations about home and what it means to lose your home.’
This will be safe space for the public to talk about what home means to them and hear from those who’ve had home taken away from them. PESP members will be sharing their lived experience of homelessness.

Koorie Energy Efficiency Program
Do you have an Aboriginal client concerned about their gas and electricity bills?
The Australian Government’s Koorie Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP) can help.

  • KEEP helps people gain control and confidence in managing energy bills
  • KEEP provides impartial expert advice through tailored home visits
  • KEEP workers are from the local KOORIE community

All Aboriginals in Victoria are eligible for the KEEP program
‘Warm transfers’ welcome – community workers can phone whilst with a client and make a booking for a home visit. All clients who have a KEEP visit will receive a $50 gift voucher to help with their budget.
Contact: Doreen Lovett 0408 170 873 or email Doreen

In case you missed the news!

Herald Sun Tony Abbott urged to help destitute veterans Wednesday 7 January
ProBono News DSS to negotiate NFP funding deals in January Tuesday 6 January
Herald Sun Help our homeless diggers the disgrace of our military veterans dying on our streets Tuesday 6 January
The Age Homeless camp reminder of what’s bad about Melbourne Monday 5 January
SMH A taxing tale of two peak bodies Friday 2 January
The Guardian Welfare to work programs have failed to reduce unemployment says report Saturday 2 January
The Age (Editorial) Homelessness a year-round issue Thursday 1 January
The Age More “desperately” homeless in Melbourne Wednesday 31 December
News Ltd Tourists abusing strangers’ charity to fund trips Monday 28 December
The Age Homelessness increasing in Melbourne; family violence and expensive housing to blame 28 December 2014
The Guardian Homelessness advocacy groups lose $21M in Federal government funding 24 December

Forum for homelessness and youth justice workers

This training forum provides an opportunity for homelessness and youth justice workers to come together to learn more about the homelessness and youth justice sectors and to implement new protocols between the two sectors, aimed at improving our responses to young people, involved in the youth justice system, who are homeless.
Date: 10 February 2015 
More info here.

Effective Documentation
This one-day workshop will provide practical tips and guidelines for documentation of the care and support provided to consumers, families and carers. There will be a focus on clear documentation according to legislative requirements, organisational policy and procedures and sector best practice.
Date: Thursday 12 February 2015
Location: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria.
For more information and to register click here.

Recognising and responding to family violence – including risk assessment.
This introductory course is for workers with no specific family violence training. It covers the effects of family violence on adults and children, and provides an overview of legal responses, resources and referrals.
Date: 19 February 2015     
Location: Victoria University, Melbourne
Cost: $95 (SHS funded workers) or $250 (non-SHS funded workers.
More info here.
View the full Semester 1 Domestic Violence Resource Centre training courses here.

Single session family consultations and single session work with young people and families
Family Reconciliation Mediation Program is offering this training to the homelessness sector three times in Melbourne and five times in rural Victoria, with eight reflective practice sessions offered as follow up for training participants. Learnings from the training will be consolidated at the next FRMP Conference, currently scheduled for March 2015. 
More info available here.
Date: 23 February 2015
Location: Melbourne and rural Victoria

Challenging behaviours
MIND Australia is offering free half-day workshops which equip carers of people with mental health conditions with skills for managing challenging behaviours.
Sat 28 February – Hawthorn
Sat 21 March – Bundoora
Sat 2 May – Hawthorn
Sat 30 May – Cheltenham
Sat 20 June – Hawthorn
Time: 10am – 1pm\
More info here.

CHP Updates 

Parity lives on! 
We have received a number of enquiries from people worried about how Parity will be impacted by the pre-Christmas Federal funding cuts. To set the record straight, in recent years we have received Federal funding for a number of Parity editions. We applied to have this funding continued via the Federal grants process, but were advised we were unsuccessful.
We’ll continue to publish Parity, and we’ll also need to find new sponsors and attract new subscribers.
As Australia’s only dedicated magazine dedicated to homelessness, the Council to Homeless Persons is committed to continuing this publication. It is consistently rated as one of our most valued services by those in the sector here in Victoria and beyond.
Ways you can help Parity keep going strong:

  • Subscribe to Parity. An individual/organisation subscription is $100 per year ($50 concession)
  • Consider sponsoring a relevant edition. Check out the themes of this year’s editions in our 2015 Parity schedule and contact Noel to discuss further.
  • Write an article for Parity. We are always seeking  article contributions, and currently accepting articles for the February and March editions
  • Become a member of CHP – included in your membership is a subscription to Parity, as well as voting rights at our AGM.

Interested in joining the CHP team? Service Coordination Project Manager 
We are seeking an experienced Project Manager for a collaborative project being undertaken by the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) and the City of Melbourne (CoM).
The Improving Service Coordination for Rough Sleepers in the CBD of Melbourne Project Manager will play a key role in the design, implementation and trial of a model for a coordinated service system response to people sleeping rough in the CoM.
The position is full time 12 months fixed term, however we will consider part time for preferred applicants. While based in Collingwood, the position will frequently work in the city.
Further info can be found here or by emailing Ian Gough. For a detailed position description, click here.
Applications close: 5pm, Monday 19 January 2015.

Call for contributions – February 2015: ‘Homelessness Outreach: Reach Out’

Homelessness outreach is an integral part of the specialist homelessness services system. This edition of Parity will explore the the role of outreach in homelessness service delivery and in a growing number of mainstream welfare service providers.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of Friday 13 February
Contribution details can be found here.

Call for contributions – March 2015 ‘Responding to regional and rural homelessness  
Homelessness in Australia is sometimes mistakenly as a purely “urban” or “city” problem.  To balance this perception, this edition will be devoted to the many large and small regional cities and towns that also experience significant levels of homelessness.
This edition will also examine responses to the unique issues associated with regional and rural homelessness.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of Friday 13 March
Contribution details can be found here.

Australasian Housing Researchers Conference 2015

Hosted by the AHURI Research Centre, the Australasian Housing Researchers is open to all researchers concerned with housing affordability and homelessness, housing policy and planning, housing economics, housing sustainability, and regional, national and international housing markets.
Date: 18-20 February 2015
University of Tasmania, Hobart
More info here.

VAADA conference ‘Evolution: Innovation and reflection in Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector’
Date: 19-20 February 2015
Location: Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne
Registrations and more info:

National Housing Conference 2015
Opening doors…
Date: Wed 28 – Fri 30 Oct 2015
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth WA
Join us in Perth as AHURI convenes the ninth National Housing Conference in partnership with the Western Australian Department of Housing. Register now to take advantage of the special super saver registration fees!

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