November 2017 Edition: Responding to Homelessness in Queensland

Contents for November

 2017 edition



The Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport and Digital Technology



Jenny Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons




Seven Years On: Continuity and Change in How We Approach Homelessness and Housing in Queensland

Phil Crane, Guest Editor and Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast



Chapter 1: The Current Approach to Homelessness in Queensland


The Queensland Housing Strategy 2017–2027

Department of Housing and Public Works


Assessing Queensland’s Housing Strategy

Jon Eastgate, 99 Consulting


Understanding and Meeting the Contemporary Needs of People Impacted by Domestic and Family Violence

Department of Housing and Public Works


Clean Clothes and Fresh Food Restore Dignity

Department of Housing and Public Works



Chapter 2: Program, Service and Practice Responses to Homelessness in Queensland


The Benefits of Good Governance

Helen Wood, Chair, Brisbane Youth Service Board


U1R Brisbane: A Synthesis of Collaboration and Imagination

Dominic Hale, Jenny Schulz, Travis Radunz and Fiona Caniglia, Under 1 Roof


Responding to Stigma

Chris Deighton, Operations Manager Queensland, Accommodation and Housing Services, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory


Including All, Working Together: Partnerships in 2017

Hazel Bassett, Team Leader, Gold Coast Homeless Health Outreach Team, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and Liz Fritz, Patron, Gold Coast Homeless Network Inc.


YFS Logan: Embedding Housing Responses Throughout a Multi-disciplinary Organisation

Judith Hunter and Christine Grose, YFS Logan


IT Solutions in Homelessness: Partnering with Business

Elizabeth (Liz) Fritz AM, Patron, Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc and 7CareConnect Project Manager for GCHN


SPER Work and Development Orders: New SPER Laws to Provide Fair and Flexible Fine Options

Paula Hughes, Policy and Casework Lawyer and Belinda Tang, Secondee Lawyer, Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, LawRight


Homelessness with HART: Our Story So Far

Jodie Cowie, Coordinator of HART 4000


The Art of Community Work: An Alternative Approach to Reducing Inter-generational Homelessness

Luan Murat, Programs Officer, Mareeba Community Housing Company Ltd



Chapter 3: Responding to Homelessness in Regional and Remote Queensland


Delivering Remote Housing that Meets the Needs of Individual Households and Communities

Department of Housing and Public Works


Cairns Street to Home, Douglas House and Woree Supported Accommodation

Dr Phil Flint, Regional Leader North Queensland, Natalie Musumeci, Program Manager Douglas House and Woree Facility and Mark Jentz, Program Manager Going Places, Mission Australia


Homelessness in Rural and Regional Queensland Mining Communities

Shane Warren, PhD Student, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith Health, Griffith University, Dr Donna McDonald, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University and Professor Donna McAuliffe, School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith


Keeping Homelessness on the Agenda

Jessica Vidafar, Operations Manager, The Cairns Housing and Homelessness Network


How to Keep Your Place: Vulnerability of Older Indigenous Women to Homelessness in Far North Queensland

Frances Every, Homelessness Support Service Worker


My Money Program: Supporting Pathways to Financial and Housing Stability

Sharon Edwards, Financial Inclusion Program Manager, Shelter Housing Action Cairns


Dignity First

Jessica Vidafar, Operations Manager, Access Community Housing



Chapter 4: Key Issues and Themes in the Response to Homelessness in Queensland


A: Housing and Housing Issues in Queensland


The Brisbane Housing Story

Jon Eastgate, 99 Consulting


Just Cause: A Just Outcome for Queensland Private Renters

Penny Carr, Chief Executive Officer, Tenants Queensland


Supplying Affordable Housing: Challenges and Solutions

Jamie Muchall, Chief Operations Officer, Horizon Housing


Australian’s First Rental Vulnerability Index

Penny Carr, Chief Executive Officer, Tenants Queensland


The Ache for Home: Rental Affordability in Brisbane

Leanne Wood, Research, Social Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Anglicare Southern Queensland


More Than Housing: More Than a Home: Once I Was Homeless…

Kaitlyn Crothers, Tenant Engagement Coordinator, Brisbane Housing Company


Housing is a Human Right, Not Simply a Human Service

Ross Westoby, Project Worker, Innovation, Performance and Evaluation and Karyn Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Micah Projects


Housing and Homelessness in Rural Communities

Cheryl Prosser, Business Development Coordinator, Horizon Housing Company Ltd


The Role of Neighbourhood Centres in Housing

Siobhan Delgado, Sector Development Officer, Queensland Families and Communities Association



B: Responding to Indigenous Homelessness


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Pathways

Department of Housing and Public Works


Systematic Improvement of Housing in the Aboriginal Community of Cherbourg

Phil Crane and Sean Nicholson


Aboriginal Sociality and Kinship in West End Street Life

Paul Memmott and Alex Bond, Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, University of Queensland



C: Responding to Youth Homelessness


Creating Brighter Futures: The Role of Youth Foyers in Providing Pathways to Independence for Young Vulnerable Queenslanders

Department of Housing and Public Works


Youth to Work: Opportunities to Break the Cycle of Intergenerational Dependency

The Department of Housing and Public Works


Social Bonds for Youth Homelessness

The Queensland Treasury


Youth Homelessness in Queensland

Darren Young, Queensland and Northern Territory State Director, Mission Australia


Youth CONNECT: Building Resilience to Homelessness in Young People

Leanne Rutherford, General Manager, Children, Youth and Families, Churches of Christ in Queensland


Sustaining Young Tenancies: An Innovative Program to Prevent Homelessness

Dr Nicola Brackertz, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and Adam Barnes, Brisbane Youth Service


We are not all the same: Exploring Difference in Young People’s Experiences of Couch Surfing Versus Sleeping Rough

Rhianon Vichta and Katie Hail-Jares, Brisbane Youth Service


The Recovery Orientation Model in Action: How Meaningful Change Can, and Does, Happen for Homeless Young People

Jacqui de la Rue, Brisbane Youth Service


On the Road to Independence

Kylie Dodds, Children, Youth and Families, Churches of Christ Care


Creating Digital Pathways Out of Homelessness: Digital Technology Design for Young People, Wellbeing and Engagement with Support

Rhianon Vichta, Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) and Dr Karleen Gwinner, Adjunct Research Fellow, Latrobe University, Health Sciences


The Ethical Dimension of Fundraising in the Homelessness Sector

Laura Watson, Brisbane Youth Service


Creating Community: Developing a Group Work Model for Young Women with an Experience of Homelessness

Laura Christie, Brisbane Youth Service Centre for Young Women


Using Art Therapy as a Tool for Relationship Management in Supported Residential Settings for Homeless Young People

Kristin Penhaligon and Tara Harriden, Brisbane Youth Service


Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness in Northgate

Laura Holdstock, Service Coordinator, The Lodge Youth Support Service Inc.



D: Domestic and Family Violence


‘Now it’s my time’ of Being an Expert in One’s Own Life

Leanne Wood, Research, Social Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Anglicare Southern Queensland with Carol Birrell, Service Manager, Homelessness Services Women and Families, Anglicare Southern Queensland


Intimate Partner Violence and Homelessness: Young Women Lost in the Intersectionality

Rhianon Vichta and Ashleigh Husband, Brisbane Youth Service


‘Homelessness is not who I am, it doesn’t define me as a person or a mother, it is not my identity’

Deb Blakeney, In-Place (Nambour, Queensland)



E: Consumer Perspectives


Digital Story Project, Council to Homeless Persons Queensland

Deborah Blakeney, President Council to Homeless Persons Queensland



F: Health and Homelessness


Supporting Homeless and Vulnerably Housed Patients: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Service Model

Christen Reid, Emergency Department Homeless Liaison Social Worker, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Metro North Hospital and Health Service


Integrated Mental Health Approach Sustains Tenancies

Department of Housing and Public Works


Working Outside of the Box: Community Clozapine Commencement for the Homeless Using Assertive Outreach

Barbara Baumgartner, Deanna Erskine and Briony, Homeless Health Outreach Team, Metro North Mental Health — RBWH, Metro North Hospital and Health Service (HHS)




Leone Crayden

Chief Executive Officer, QShelter