November 2016: Responding to Homelessness in New South Wales

Part 1. Responding to homelessness in New South Wales

The Hon Brad Hazzard, Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing,New South Wales

Katherine McKernan, Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness NSW

Homelessness Doesn’t Discriminate: Responses to Homelessness in New South Wales, Our Journey: 2009–2016
Asha Richardson, Senior Program Officer, Homelessness Unit, Department of Family and Community Services, New South Wales

Chapter 1: The Policy Framework

Looking Beyond Specialist Homelessness Services
Kathryn Di Nicola, Senior Policy Officer, Sector Engagement, Mission Australia

Preventing Homelessness in New South Wales
Zema Rigzin, Department of Family and Community Services, Strategic Reform and Policy,New South Wales

A Cultural Understanding and Collaborative Approach is Needed
New South Wales Aboriginal Housing Office

How Have the Reforms Led to Changes in Early Intervention and Prevention Responses to Homelessness?
Kylie valentine, Fredrick Zmudzki and Ciara Smyth, Social Research and Policy Centre, University of New South Wales

New South Wales Housing Reform 2008–2016: Incorporating Housing Responsibility Aspects Into Future Evaluation
Daniel Kuzmanovski, University of South Australia

Chapter 2: Key Themes and Issues in the Response to Homelessness in New South Wales

A: Housing

Where to Now for the Response to Homelessness in NSW?
Shelter NSW

100,000 Affordable Homes — the 2016 New South Wales Affordable Housing Conference
Katherine McKernan, Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness NSW and Wendy Hayhurst, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Federation of Housing Associations Inc.

Reconsidering Evictions Without Grounds: ‘no grounds’ Evictions and the Risks of Homelessness
Jemima Mowbray, Policy and Campaigns Officer, Tenants’ Union of New South Wales

Older Women’s Housing Crisis
Deborah Georgiou, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Housing Company

Debt Set Unfair: Social Housing, Homelessness and Debt
Chris Hartley, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness NSW

Housing Affordability and the Role of Community Housing Providers
Scott Langford, CEO of SGCH Group

Housing First as a Solution to Chronic Homelessness: Reflections from a Community Housing Provider

Assessing the Effectiveness of Transitional Housing as a Homelessness Intervention
Dr Judith Stubbs, Principle, Judith Stubbs and Associates, and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, City Futures, University of New South Wales and John Storer, Judith Stubbs and Associates

B: Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and Family Violence and Homelessness in New South Wales
Emily Goldsmith, Senior Project Officer, Domestic Violence NSW

How Can We Support Young People in Youth Homelessness Services in New South Wales Who Have Experienced Domestic and Family Violence?
Helen Cooper, Living Skills Project Manager, Youth Off The Streets

Lost and Alone: Domestic and Family Violence Survivors with No Access to Income
Emily Goldsmith, Senior Project Officer, Domestic Violence NSW

The Nowra Domestic Violence Services
Neesha Eckersley, Head of Programs, YWCA New South Wales

C: Boarding Houses

Boarding Houses in New South Wales: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Paul Adabie, Manager, Boarding House Team, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

Boarding Houses: A Glass Half Full?
Digby Hughes, Senior Policy Officer, Homelessness NSW

D: Responding to Youth Homelessness

Building a Better Future for Young People in New South Wales
Jennifer Billard and Asha Richardson, Homelessness Unit, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Your Community’s Version of the Geelong Project: Implementing a Community of Schools and Services Approach
Chris Stone, Senior Policy Officer, Yfoundations

Where There’s Political Will There is a Way: The Future of Youth Housing In NSW
Associate Professor David MacKenzie, Chair of Myfoundations Youth Housing Co

E: Post-Release Issues

There’s No Escaping It…
Dougie Wells, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness NSW 

Shown the Exit: A Snapshot of the Issues Facing People Leaving Custody in New South Wales in 2016
Mindy Sotiri and Alex Faraguna, Community Restorative Centre

F: Employment and Unemployment

Employment Services: Tackling the Issue of Unemployment
Aaron Campbell, Student, Homelessness NSW

Chapter 3: Consumer Voices

Foundations for Change: Homeless Consumers Perspectives on the New South Wales Government’s Proposed Homelessness Strategy
Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Manager of the PIAC Homeless Consumer Participation Project, StreetCare

Why Do Some People Have the Hardest Lives?
Natalie Star

Homelessness: The Consumer Stories
Melissa Wolfshoerndl, Member of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre Homeless Consumer Advisory Committee, StreetCare

Chapter 4: Program, Service and Practice Responses to Homelessness in New South Wales

Mission Australia’s Room to Grow Pilot Program: Implementation and Evaluation of a Hoarding and Squalor Intervention in Greater Metropolitan Sydney
Leah Cave, Research and Evaluation Officer, Research and Evaluation, Gary Lazarus, Acting Area Manager, Central Sydney — Community Service, Sórcha O’Hare, Performance Advisor, Service Performance and Systems Support — Service Delivery, Mission Australia

Inner City Sydney Registry Week 2015
Katherine McKernan, CEO Homelessness NSW and Chris Hartley, Senior Project Officer, Homelessness New South Wales

Specialist Homeless Persons Criminal Lay and Law Advocates: Addressing Legal Need for People Experiencing Homelessness
Louis Schetzer, Senior Policy Officer, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Creating a Collaborative Approach: The Homelessness Assertive Response Team
Jamie Brewer, Inner City Place Manager, New South Wales Family and Community Services, Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald, Superintendent Kings Cross Police Command and Trina Geasley, Manager, Homelessness Social Programs and Services, City of Sydney

The Continuum of Care Model: Catholic Healthcare’s Coordinated Response to Homelessness in New South Wales
Bernadette King, Project Manager, Catholic Healthcare

Financial Inclusion and Homelessness
Jenni Beetson-Mortimer, New South Wales Financial Inclusion Network

HepCheck 1-2-3: Integrated Hepatitis Care for People Affected by Homelessness
Gary Gahan, HIV and Related Programs Unit South Eastern Sydney Local Heath District, Julie Smith, Matthew Talbot Hostel, Adrienne Lucey, Homelessness Health Program South Eastern Sydney Local Heath District , Sue Cripps, Independent Homelessness Consultant

Mental Health and Homelessness in Newcastle: A Failure in Service Delivery
Ashlea Gillies, Mental Health Nurse, Case Manager/Homelessness Specialist

Responding to Homelessness in the Hunter New England District
New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services, Hunter New England District

It’s About Systems Not Programs
Jonathan Park, Client Services Manager, YES Youth and Family Services, Albury

Chapter 5: Opinions

Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

Moo Baulch, Domestic Violence NSW

Andrew McAnulty, Chief Executive Officer, Link Housing