Subject: INFORM 17 February, 2012, Homelessness Australia
Weekly digest from the homelessness and allied sectors in Australia and abroad
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
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: www.facebook.com/housingstressed
End Youth Homelessness
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
WEEKS & DAYS 2012
Sector related awareness days and weeks see webpage.
Youth week is 13 - 22 April
Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) day is 18 April
Monday 6 August – Sunday 12 August
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 email@example.com
Risk Factors in Homelessness Programs and Interventions
The S.W.A.S.H (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) Survey 2012
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
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: TSN@thenexus.org.au
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
Minister for Housing and Homelessness
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Disability Reform
Minister for Community Services, Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development and Minister for the Status of Women
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers
Grass is greener for house prices
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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'
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.
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
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.
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.
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
BBC News Magazine
Education Tax Refund
Homeless No More (Aus)
Homeless Directions (Aus)
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)
National Housing Supply Council
The National Housing Supply Council's 3rd State of Supply Report was released in December 2011
Create Your Better Life Index, an interactive website
Parliament of Australia
The Big Issue
The Treasury (Aus)
Urban Institute (USA)
University of Calgary (Can)
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