Subject:                                     INFORM 17 February, 2012, Homelessness Australia


Weekly digest from the homelessness and allied sectors in Australia and abroad

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17 February, 2012


ACOSS: $35 a day is not enough!

Lift paltry allowances and help people into paid work

Could you live on $35 a day? That’s how much people unfortunate enough to find themselves out of work have to depend on - to put a roof over their heads, feed and clothe themselves, and get around as they try and find paid work – just $243 per week. Join our Campaign to raise unemployment allowances such as Newstart and demand better targeted jobs assistance

Twitter @ACOSS on hashtag #ImNoBludger.


Australians for Affordable Housing

Nearly one in ten Australian households are in housing stress. A startling 460,000 households spend more than half of their income on housing costs. It’s time to make some noise about housing affordability. Website. Facebook:  

Latest media:

- Queensland’s Housing Stress: Top 5 housing stressed regions revealed

- 450,000 renters deserve better


Activism 101: 16 Striking Campaigns for the Cause to End Violence Against Women


End Youth Homelessness

With Virgin Unite, sign the Petition. See the Partners. Watch the Media. Twitter: @EYHAustralia, Facebook.



ASU Training on Negotiating Domestic Violence Clauses



Safe in Oz

Addressing specialist mental health issues through training workshops and consultancy services, website.


Parental alienation, contact problems and the Family Justice System

Seminar, Melbourne, 20 February, website.


Pathways through the maze

National Hoarding and Squalor Conference, Sydney, 21 - 22 February, website.


Women and Homelessness in Ireland

Dublin, 23 February, website.


2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters

Scholarship applications are now open. Washington DC, 27 February - 1 March, website.


CSW 56

NGOs that are accredited to and in good standing with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, may designate representatives to attend the annual sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women. New York, 27 February to 9 March, website.



Identifying the Hidden Disaster: The First Australian Conference on Natural Disasters and Family Violence

Melbourne, 9 March, website.


Concentrations of social disadvantage in Australia's cities: key questions and hypotheses

Canberra, 14 March, website.


Housing and social wellbeing: new AHURI research

15 March, Melbourne, website.


Seeking asylum in Australia - mental health and human rights of children and families

Seminar, Melbourne, 15 March, website.


Housing First Partners' Conference 2012

New Orleans, 21 - 23 March, website.


ACOSS Media Forum

Sydney, 28 March, website.


New approaches to Indigenous housing

This AHURI Housing Research Seminar will present the findings from two new AHURI research projects. 

Adelaide, 28 March, website.


ACOSS National Conference

The ACOSS Annual Conference is a premier national event for policy-makers, researchers and those engaged in social services or advocacy in Sydney, 29 - 30 March, website.



The Big Issue Street Football Festival

The festival with corporate, government, junior events & National Championships of The Big Issue’s Community Street Soccer Program.

Cockle Bay, Sydney, April 11-22, website.


The inaugural Third Sector Expo

Free-to-attend two day professional development conference and exhibition, Melbourne, 16 - 17 April, website.


Homelessness Research Conference

From AHURI and RMIT University, Melbourne, 19 - 20 April, website.



The Connecting Up Conference

Sydney, 1 - 3 May, website.


The Australian Regional Women

Leaders Convention 2012

A national event for regional and rural women, Sydney, 3 - 4 May, website.


CLCNSW State Conference 2012

Sydney, 8 - 10 May, website.


ACTU Congress

Sydney, 15 – 17 May, website. 


National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference

Coffs Harbour, 18 - 20 May, website.


Specialist Homelessness Services Conference

Leading the Road Home, Perth, 28 - 29 May, website.



Shelter NSW Conference:

Explorations in nonprofit housing: models vicissitudes resurgence

Sydney, 14 June, website.


Australian Suicide Prevention Conference

Cairns, 13 - 15 June, website.


International Women's Conference: 
Connecting for Action in the Asia-Pacific Region

Cairns, 14 - June, website.



Australasian Conference of Child Trauma

Gold Coast, 4 - 6 July, website.


Missing People: Issues and Implications Conference

Brisbane, 5 - 6 July, website.


12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference

Melbourne, 25 – 27 July, website.


3rd National Affordable Housing Exchange

Australia Technology Park, Sydney, 26  - 27 July, website.



8th World Congress on Active Ageing

Abstract deadline is 31 Jan. Glasgow, Scotland, 13 - 17 August, website.



7th National Homelessness Conference: “Making It Home” the real issues in homelessness

Homelessness Australia’s 7th conference, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 5 - 7 September 2012, website.



The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health

Perth, 17 - 19 October, website.



The National Housing Conference

Brisbane, 30 October – 2 November 2012, website.


3rd International Conference on Survivors of Rape

Galway, West Ireland, 9 - 10 November, website.


No To Violence (NTV) Conference

Melbourne, 14 - 16 November, website.



Sector related awareness days and weeks see webpage.


Youth week is 13 - 22 April

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) day is 18 April


Homeless Persons Week 2012

Monday 6 August – Sunday 12 August



Housing & Homelessness Services jobs in Australia


Part-time GPs required (ongoing)

Mobile GP is a non-government agency providing health services to the homeless and marginalised. For further information, please call Stephanie Dunstan on 0457 925 357 or email



Risk Factors in Homelessness Programs and Interventions

Managing Homelessness Services Survey, a collaboration between Flinders University and the South Australian Council of Social Service, funded by FaHCSIA under the national Homelessness Partnership.


NSW LGBTIQ relationships survey 2012


The S.W.A.S.H (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) Survey 2012

Between Sunday 12 - Sunday 26 February 2012, website.


Help shape the Victorian Whole-of-Government Alcohol and Drug Strategy forum and survey.


This survey is seeking information about the circumstances of low-income households as they pay rising electricity and gas bills, the amounts of income needed to pay energy bills, and the relationship between energy use and housing conditions



Australian Scholarships Foundation

It is the first-ever Fulbright Scholarship specifically for the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector in Australia.


Queensland Alliance for Mental Health

Resilient Places Project: Micro-grants, round 1.


Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship Program 2012. This program is aimed at increasing the skills and qualifications of women on not-for-profit boards and committees.


THANKS to...

The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.


The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) is an independent, unincorporated not-for-profit initiative delivering a range of services to social and affordable rental housing stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Email to subscribe:


-Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

-Australian Institute of Family Studies

-Australian Policy Online

-Breakfast Politics

-Twitter and Facebook just for existing!



Helping the most vulnerable avoid a jobs abyss

Reform of Australia's training system is vital as young Australians again bear the brunt of an uncertain labour market. The Brisbane Times,17 February.


Aged-care costs set to soar

The government is facing a $1.9 billion blowout in its aged-care budget as the amount it is paying to cover daily living help for the elderly and their healthcare climbed in an unexpected way. The Australia, 16 February.


A third of asylum seekers to live outside detention

A third of asylum seekers arriving by boat will be living in the community on bridging visas next year under a policy shift, the Immigration Department has revealed to a Senate hearing. SMH,14 February.


Families 'doing it tough' drown out pleas of real battlers

You'd need to be blindfolded, have a crayon jammed in each ear, and be stranded down a remote canyon to be unaware of the pressures on Australian families these days. The Drum,14 February.


Disability plan stalls over cost demands

Progress towards a no-fault national disability insurance scheme has stalled amid a standoff between the Gillard government and two state Coalition governments over whether start-up funding will be allocated in the May federal budget. The Australian,13 February.


Casual workers facing rent battle

Casual workers and freelancers are even more likely to struggle with their rents than the unemployed. SMH,13 February.


Backlash against big four

Fed up with rising interest rates, a growing number of home owners are escaping the stranglehold of the big four banks by signing mortgages with smaller financial institutions. The Age, 12 February.


There's no such thing as a good divorce: the kids always suffer

Even a ''good'' divorce may not protect children from the fall-out of a marriage breakdown. SMH, 11 February.


Retirement is a work in progress

Don't use the ''R'' word around baby boomers. ''Retirement'' has become a dirty word. It is not a term the '60s generation, now in their 60s, embraces, not as their fathers did. The Age,11 February.


Girls at greater risk of suicide since intervention

The rate of suicide among Aboriginal girls is believed to have greatly increased since the Northern Territory emergency intervention was introduced five years ago to combat systemic child abuse and neglect. SMH,11 February.


Govt to take tougher tack on alcohol abuse

ABC The World Today,10 February.


Minister for Housing and Homelessness

The Honourable Robert McClelland MP, media releases.


Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform

The Honourable Jenny Macklin MP, media releases.


Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for the Status of Women

The Hon Julie Collins MP, media releases.


Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas, media releases.



Grass is greener for house prices

The Canberra Times, 15 February.



Not enough new homes

Parkes Mayor Ken Keith is concerned at the low number of homes being built in Parkes – despite millions of dollars in overall development. Champion Post,15 February.


Drunk, drugged children rounded up in Sydney

A 14-year-old boy found drunk and drug-affected at Sydney's central station was one of 13 children detained by police in the inner city overnight. SMH,12 February.


Care Connect (Ongoing)

Service to help At Risk of Homelessness in Inner West Sydney. Care Connect’s Community Options Program (Housing Support) provides short-term to medium-term support services to people who are at risk of being homeless or being marginally housed. The Program has vacancies now. Please contact Lisa Clarke, Intake Case Manager on (02) 9830 8903 or



NT intervention hearings hit the road

Aboriginal community groups are expected to voice their opposition to the federal government's planned second phase of the Northern Territory intervention, during parliamentary hearings next week. SMH, 16 February.



Town being torn apart by suicide 'epidemic'

The remote Indigenous community of Doomadgee in north-west Queensland is in crisis after a spate of suicides. ABC News,17 February. AM Extras.


Rent stress soars

A tight housing market combined with low income has hit Bundaberg tenants hard, with about 44% in the region experiencing rental stress. News Mail, 16 February.


Coast in top 5 for home stress

The Sunshine Coast is one of the five top housing stressed council in Queensland, according to new figures released this week. Sunshine Coast Daily,15 February.



Advocates warn of water torture

The South Australian Council of Social Service has warned of a repeat of the increased disconnections caused by the privatisation of ETSA when SA Water has to compete with companies and councils. The Advertiser, 17 February.


Welfare agencies say cuts are hurting

Welfare agencies say they are struggling to cope because of South Australian Government spending cuts. ABC News,15 February.



Tassie tops jobless rate

Tasmania’s economic outlook has taken a fresh blow, with new figures revealing the state's jobless rate is the worst in the nation. The Mercury, 17 February.



Rents price out Wyndham battlers

Low-income earners in Wyndham are struggling to pay rent in the private market, new figures reveal. Wyndham Weekly, 15 February.


Struggling family forced to live in tent

A brief camping trip might bring a lot of enjoyment for most children, but sleeping rough in a tent has become the only option for one homeless family of five. 7News,14 February.


Eight-year housing wait for family in tent

A Melbourne family of five has been living in a tent for four months because of a lack of low-cost housing.

The Age, 14 February.


G-G applauds Melbourne home for teen mums

Homeless teenage mothers often escaping abusive home situations are being helped by an innovative program in Melbourne.9 News,14 February.


HAVE YOUR SAY: Public housing reform fight

Melbourne Leader, 14 February.


Brunswick rents up as portion of wage

Well-off renters are benefiting from increased rental vacancy rates in the inner city, but the poor are still feeling the squeeze, Tenants Union of Victoria spokesman Toby Archer has said. Melbourne Weekly, 14 February.


Children suffer the most as dental waiting list pain starts to bite

More than half our six-year-old children are losing their baby teeth to decay. Herald Sun, 13 February.


Life on the great dividing range

While vacancy rates have improved at the top of the market, that doesn't help those at the bottom. Domain, 11 February.


La dole cheque vita is not so sweet on $16 a day

Your task is simple. Here is $115.50. It must last one week. You have no savings, no assets, but thankfully you’ve already paid your rent. That’s about $16 a day to cover food, bills, transport, entertainment and hygiene products. The Punch, 10 February.



Low income struggling to rent in tight market

The state's peak community housing body says more needs to be done to address the lack of affordable rental properties in Western Australia. ABC News,15 February.




CMHC predicts stable Canadian housing market

Canada's housing market will remain stable for at least two more years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. predicted Monday, with the expected slow growth in the economy keeping house prices in check. CTV, 13 February.


Working Poverty Increases in Toronto Region

New Metcalf Foundation Report: Full-time job earnings often not enough to escape poverty. Metcalf Foundation, 11 February.


Canada #Homeless & Poverty News



UchodŸcy w Polsce bez dachu nad g³ow¹

Refugees in Poland homeless



Nurse advice cuts binge drinking in Cardiff University project

Nurses will be trained to help patients with alcohol problems across Wales after a pilot project led to about a quarter of people cutting drinking. BBC News, 11 February.



Ali Forney Center (NYC) Post Regarding Homeless LGBTQ Youth


Homeless Advocates Divided Over Bill Aimed At Helping Kids

Homeless kids have the right to an education. That's the basic rationale behind the McKinney-Vento Act of 1987, a law meant to ensure that homeless kids receive the same quality of schooling as everyone else. Huff Post, 12 February.


Deadly Rooming House Fire

WREG,10 February.


(Research, publications, audio, vision & social media)

8th Annual Demographia

International Housing Affordability Survey



5671.0 Lending Finance, Australia, Dec 2011


5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Dec 2011


4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009


8731.0 Building Approvals, Australia, December 2011 (Additional Information)



The ACNC Discussion Paper has been released to seek feedback on the functions and operations of the ACNC. Closing date for submissions: Monday, 27 February 2012



Investments in energy efficiency will benefit low income households and social services


Policy priorities for 2012: jobs and services, ABC, The Drum



What’s new


Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario

Right to Housing Challenge



Quicker action needed to Close the Gap


Stronger futures requires stronger consultation


National Apology anniversary reminds us of how far we’ve come



The role of ‘assertive outreach’ in addressing primary homelessness



Life around here: Community, work and family life in three Australian communities


Results of the Clearinghouse Consolidation Survey


Protecting children: Evolving systems



Comorbidity of mental disorders and physical conditions 2007


Juvenile detention population in Australia 2011


Tell us what you think about Australia's welfare 2011—complete our two-minute survey!



Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws Report



Position Paper on Homelessness of Asylum Seekers Living in the Community


Destitute and Uncertain: the reality of seeking asylum in Australia


Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse


BBC News Magazine

Why do some people never get depressed?


Calgary Homeless Foundation


Centre for Multicultural Youth

CMY’s Sector Development and Policy team has produced a series of five Good Practice Guides


Coalition for the Homeless

Record Homelessness in the Spotlight, But With Little Focus on the Root Cause


Department for Child Protection (WA)

Opening Doors to address homelessness, Western Australian State Plan


Department of Human Services

A guide to Australian Government payments


Education Tax Refund

The Education Tax Refund provides up to 50% back on a range of children's education expenses


Facebook sites

Homeless No More (Aus)


Homeless Directions (Aus)



Consultations concerning a National Quality Framework for the Provision of Services to People who are Homeless or at Risk - Stage 2 Report


2012 FaHCSIA Ministers


Better Start KPMG report, on review of evidence for the effectiveness of early intervention for children with a range of developmental disabilities,19 Dec.



Another European Parliament Call for an EU Homelessness Strategy: When Will EU Action Come?


Flying Solo

Introduction to cloud computing


Health and Ageing

A New Ten Year Plan for Mental Health

PDF printable version of A New Ten Year Plan for Mental Health (PDF 17 KB) 


The Australian Government is seeking public opinion on the draft Ten Year Roadmap for National Mental Health Reform (PDF 2156 KB) (the Roadmap) via an online survey


Home Instead (USA)

10 Warning Signs That Seniors Need Help



Mental Health Resource Centre


Mercy Foundation

Small Grants Open

Flick’s Housing & Homelessness Blog



Psychosis in Indigenous populations of Cape York and the Torres Strait


Mental health of Indigenous Australians: a review of findings from community surveys


Targeted primary care-based mental health services for young Australians


National Alliance to End Homelessness (USA)

The State of Homelessness in America 2012


The Emergency Solutions Grant, Recommendations From The Alliance


National Coalition for the Homeless


Hate Crimes against the Homeless

Violence Hidden in Plain View


National Housing Supply Council

The National Housing Supply Council's 3rd State of Supply Report was released in December 2011



Equity and Quality in Education - Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools


Create Your Better Life Index, an interactive website


Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising



Homelessness requires focus and commitment


Parliament of Australia

Inquiry into the prevention and treatment of problem gambling


Reconciliation Australia

Relationships key to creating sustainable opportunities


The Big Issue

Our 400th edition!


The Centre for Independent Studies

Do Not Damage and Disturb: On Child Protection Failures and the Pressure on Out-of-Home Care in Australia


The Homeless Hub (Can)

Homelessness curriculum for teachers and students


The Treasury (Aus)

Consultation Paper - A Definition of Charity


United Nations

World Youth Report


The eight Millennium Development Goals


UN Women

Progress of the World’s Women, factsheet


Urban Institute (USA)

Vulnerability, Risk, and the Transition to Adulthood


University of Calgary (Can)

Housing Subsidies and Homelessness: a simple idea



State Homeless Resources Map


Vic Health

Sharing the evidence: Preventing violence against women


Victoria Online

Victorian Homelessness Action Plan 2011-2015




-Homeless health,15 February.

-Insecure work, 14 February.

-Violence towards women, 13 February.


Health Report

Exercise may prevent depression, 13 February


Life Matters

-Hoarding Talkback, 17 February

-Going soft on crime or a long overdue fix?, 15 February

-Men and Retirement,15 February

-Agenda 2012: work


Media Report

Claire Wardle on Social Media, 10 February.



The BarrierFreeLiving Daily Blog



Inception of the London Pathway


Good Samaritan Shelter Night Of Awareness Promo


Just our Plan to Help the Homeless in Orlando, St Cloud, Kissimmee and other major cities.







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