Subject: INFORM 2 March, 2012, Homelessness Australia
Weekly digest from the homelessness and allied sectors in Australia and abroad
2 March, 2012
ACOSS: $35 a day is not enough!
Lift paltry allowances and help people into paid work
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
Red Roses Musical
Touring nationally, website.
Housing economics for non-economists' lecture series
From Shelter NSW, 4 lectures, Sydney, website.
UN Women Australia Forum
Women’s economic empowerment: an Australian perspective. A panel discussion on gender issues in Australia, Canberra, 6 March, National Press Club.
International Women’s Day
Worldwide, 8 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
Melbourne, 15 March, website.
Seeking asylum in Australia - mental health and human rights of children and families
Seminar, Melbourne,15 March, website.
What works to increase Indigenous employment?
AIHW, Canberra, 19 March, website.
Young People from refugee & migrant backgrounds and homelessness forum
Multicultural Youth Affairs Network of NSW is hosting this forum, Sydney, 20 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
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.
Reforming Public Services Summit
Melbourne, 7 - 8 May, website.
CLCNSW State Conference 2012
Sydney, 8 - 10 May website.
Community Legal Centres NSW
Pushing the Boundaries, Sydney, 9 - 10 May, website.
Homelessness NSW Conference
Getting Results, Newcastle, 14 - 15 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.
7th Young Children Without Homes National Conference
The only national conference that focuses exclusively on young children and their families who experience homelessness, Boston, USA, 30 May, website.
prevention and communities
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
Glasgow, Scotland, 13 - 17 August, website.
Doing Justice for Young People -
Issues and Challenges for Judicial Administration in Australia and New Zealand
Brisbane, 23 - 24 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 7th National Housing Conference
Brisbane, 30 October - 2 November, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.
-ACOSS Media Monitor email@example.com
-The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) Email to subscribe
Changes to the Ministry
Brendan O’Connor moves into Cabinet to take the position of Minister for Small Business, as well as Minister for Housing and Homelessness. Website.
Aged care funding for the homeless
Services that help homeless older people all over Australia have received certainty that their funding will continue for at least another three years. Ageing Australia, 1 March.
Hope for children addicted to gaming
Children addicted to video games are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and social phobias as a result of their pathological gaming, and may need professional help to recover, a visiting American researcher says. SMH, 27 February.
Anxiety in school children cannot be ignored
When 10-year-old Justin couldn't bring himself to get out of bed and go to school, his father assumed he had a virus. SMH, 27 February.
Finalists announced in inaugural homelessness services awards
Affordable housing in ACT on the rise
Housing affordability in the capital has improved, so much so that the ACT has recorded one of the biggest jumps in housing affordability in the country. The Canberra Times, 28 February.
Claims young choose rent over food
The Youth Coalition of the ACT is calling for increased rental support for young people already on government allowances, stating that many are struggling to compete in the private market. The Canberra Times, 27 February.
Students find dead homeless man in Domain
Police are hoping an autopsy will help identify a man whose body was found by teenagers in The Domain in Sydney yesterday. SMH, 28 February.
Rough sleeper numbers down in Sydney: council
The City of Sydney is claiming a victory in its efforts to reduce homelessness, recording 25 per cent fewer rough sleepers on city streets in its biannual count this week compared with two years ago. SMH, 24 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.
Intervention Mark II remains a mystery in NT, despite consultations
Aboriginal people have little knowledge of the next phase of the Northern Territory intervention, despite the government embarking on a six-week consultation through communities, a Senate Committee has heard. The Australian, 27 February.
Stomp case sparks plea for homeless
A Territory magistrate called for long grassers to be treated as "human beings" after a man took out his anger on a sleeping homeless woman. NT News, 27 February.
Aboriginal alliance backs petrol sniffing controls
An alliance of Aboriginal medical organisations has thrown its support behind proposed legislation to ban sniffable fuel in parts of the Northern Territory. ABC News,1 March.
How developers gagged a frustrated Mt Barker
Documents released by the District Court reveal developers branded the views of Mt Barker residents and the local council "parochial, conservative and emotional" when they sought special Ministerial approval to bypass community concerns and speed up the rezoning. Adelaide Now, 28 February.
Dividing a family in pain
The family of a Warrane man left a paraplegic after a car smash at Otago Bay last year have accused the Motor Accidents Insurance Board and Housing Tasmania of turning their backs on him. The Mercury, 2 March.
Home of light and respite for young mothers
When Emily discovered she was pregnant at 19, she knew she had to escape the unpredictable home she shared with her mother. The Canberra Times, 27 February.
City housing crisis
The Salvation Army has revealed the dire state of Geelong's housing shortage as more than 216 adults and children wait for its crisis accommodation. Geelong Advertiser, 27 February.
Police to revamp training for handling mentally ill
All operational police and new recruits are to receive special coaching to deal with the mentally ill after an internal review found previous training was flawed and increased the risks of violent confrontations. The Age, 25 February.
Public housing an issue for whole community
Public housing in Victoria (and elsewhere around Australia) is in a state of crisis. For at least the last two decades, successive state governments have failed to meet the challenge of providing public housing to all who need it. Green Left, 25 February.
Evictions increase under 3-strikes
The Department of Housing has almost doubled the number of evictions of public housing tenants under its three-strikes policy in the past 13 months. The West, 27 February.
Work-for-the-dole 'paid to prisoners'
Leaders in Balgo allege people not living in the remote Kimberley community, some even in jail, have been recipients of the local Aboriginal work-for-the-dole program. The Australian, 25 February.
Fears Housing NZ changes will hurt vulnerable families
There are fears that Housing New Zealand's move to shut its offices to clients and only talk to them through a national call centre will hurt those most in need. TV NZ, 28 February.
Sleeping rough is street legal
"I'm sick of the fluffy bullshit and the niceness," sighs Corie Haddock, who runs an innovative, well-regarded Auckland homelessness charity, Lifewise, a $1 million-turnover operation that receives "not a single cent" from government. "It's time to be controversial." Stuff NZ, 26 February.
Government project refuses to help rough sleeper in McDonalds
Claimant turned away from £20m scheme to keep people off the streets because he was inside a public building. The Guardian, 24 February.
With spotlight on homeless kids, parents get short shrift
Guilford County Schools reports 1,895 homeless youth (1,552 of whom are housed, just not in a home their parents own or lease). News-Record, 27 February.
Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Touts Progress
In late 2010, a group of business leaders from the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce teamed with the United Way of Greater L.A. to tackle homelessness in the region. LA Downtown News, 24 February.
Report: 5-Year Plan to End LA Homelessness
The "Home For Good" report touts successes and highlights shortcomings for a region called LA's "homeless capital", NBC Los Angeles, 24 February.
VA Committed to Ending Veteran Homelessness in Five Years
Risk Factors in Homelessness Programs and Interventions
The S.W.A.S.H (Sydney Women and Sexual Health) Survey 2012
Survey of household energy use and affordability
Energy Efficiency Information Grants
For information on how to apply see: Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program Round One.
Mental Health Conference Funding Program
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing funds the Mental Health Conference Funding (MHCF) Program to provide limited financial assistance to support conferences and events in related areas. Website.
Quiet possibly the hardest working Indigenous entertainer in Australia is Shellie Morris. Shellie tirelessly spends no less than 9 months of each year on the road. Her work is divided up between her music, community development, as an educator and mentor. AWAYE, 18 February.
Young city couple starts a new life in the country
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
Cloud Computing Explained
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
Parity publication commences in April: Philanthropic, Corporate and Private Sector Responses to Homelessness edition. May edition is on: Policing Homelessness. Contact Noel Murray: email@example.com Back issues.
Parliament of Australia
How to be Ethical in Social Media
The BIG ISSUE
The Treasury (Aus)
University of Calgary (Can)
Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the United Nations Thematic Study on Violence Against Women With Disabilities, December 2011
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