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Creating a framework for ending homelessness
02 December 2011
Weekly e-bulletin of advocacy, research and policy in homelessness.
Homelessness Australia - the peak national body for the homelessness support sector.
National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards
Australians are encouraged to nominate outstanding organisations committed to addressing homelessness in the first-ever National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards. Nominations are in seven categories, which celebrate excellence, quality, innovation and achievement by homelessness service providers. Nominations for the Awards close on Friday 16 December. Nominations here.
Australians for Affordable Housing
Nearly one in ten Australia 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
Every Australian Counts
Australians with a disability, their families and carers deserve a fair go. It's time to make every Australian count. Website.
Food for Families
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Wesley Mission Victoria's Food for Families Appeal. Wesley aims to feed 20,000 families in crisis this Christmas. Website.
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ACTCOSS: Policy and Development Officer
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
ACT Shelter Reviews the Year
Travis Gilbert from Homelessness Australia will talk about 2011 and the homelessness sector. Canberra, 5 December, website.
Safe at Home, Safe at Work: Conference and Workshop
Domestic Violence Workplace Rights and Entitlements Project, Melbourne, 5 - 6 December, website.
Working with People who have Hoarding
Workshop from Disability and Aged Care Education and Training, Melbourne, 5 December, see attached and website.
2011 Social Impact National Conference
Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship: New Models; Stronger Communities, WA, 6 December, website.
Housing & Affordable Living Forum
From WACOSS and Shelter WA, Perth, 12 December, website.
Housing Affordability Congress
The Housing Affordability Congress provides a holistic analysis of issues encompassing housing affordability in the housing industry today. Melbourne, 14 - 15 December, website.
After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation
Melbourne, 2 - 4 February, website.
Policy Research Methods Masterclass 2012
Promoting Professional Research, Consultation and Communication Skills for Policy Officers to Develop Robust Evidence-Based Policy. Canberra, 7 - 9 February, website.
6th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference 2012
Housing in an Era of Risk and Crisis, Adelaide, 8 - 10 February, website.
What's the rent?
Seminar from Shelter NSW and Tenants Union of NSW, Sydney, 15 February, website.
Pathways through the maze
National Hoarding and Squalor Conference, Sydney, 21 - 22 February, website.
Kids Central Training
From Institute of Child Protection Studies and
Australian Catholic University, Sydney, 22 - 23 February, see attached or website.
2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters
Scholarship applications are now open. Washington DC, 27 February - 1 March, website.
Lecture Series: How do housing and economics intersect? What are the key economic issues
shaping our housing? Mondays, 5, 12, 19 and 26 March 2012, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Sydney, website.
2012 Co-op Conference
Common Equity Housing, Melbourne, 8 March, website.
ADFVC, WHIN & Women’s Health
Identifying the Hidden Disaster:
The First Australian Conference on
Natural Disasters and Family Violence, Melbourne, 9 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.
Pathways to Housing & DESC Present the First:
Housing First Partners' Conference 2012
New Orleans, 21 - 23 March, website.
The Indigenous Forces at Work Conference 2012
Alice Springs, 21 - 23 March, website.
ACOSS Media Forum
Sydney, 28 March, website.
ACOSS National Conference
Sydney, 29 - 30 March, website.
Homelessness Research Conference
From the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and RMIT University, Melbourne, 19 - 20 April, website.
CLCNSW State Conference 2012
Sydney, 8 - 10 May, website.
The Homelessness NSW 2012 Conference
14 - 15 May, Newcastle, website.
National Rural and Regional Law and Justice Conference
Coffs Harbour, 18 - 20 May, website.
Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference
Melbourne, 25 – 27 July, website.
3rd National Affordable Housing Exchange
Australia Technology Park, Sydney, 26 - 27 July, website.
Violence Studies Conference 2012
The Humanities Research Institute and the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia, is holding its inaugural Violence Studies conference in Newcastle, 21 - 23 August, website.
7th National Homelessness Conference
Making It Home: The Real Issues in Homelessness
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 5 - 7 September 2012, website.
The National Housing Conference
Brisbane, 30 October – 2 November 2012, website.
WEEKS & DAYS 2012
Australia produced a collectible coin to celebrate the launch of the year!
Homeless Persons Week 2012
Monday 6 August – Sunday 12 August
Youth week is 13 - 22 April and Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) day is 18 April
Social Inclusion Week 2012: 24 November – 2 December
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
From Homelessness Australia, examples of how people can enter homelessness:
Nurse breaks silence on life inside detention system
A mental health nurse has broken her silence about working inside Australia's immigration detention system. ABC News, 2 December.
Job opportunities lacking for disabled
A report looking at employment opportunities for disabled Australians has painted a far-from-positive picture compared to other developed countries.
School, body image main worries for young: survey
Mission Australia's 10th National Survey of Young Australians surveyed almost 46,000 young people aged 11 to 24 (98 per cent aged 11 to 19). SMH, 30 November. Mission Australia’s survey. You’re probably wrong.
Our cities among the most liveable
The 2011 Quality of Living survey by Mercer has found Australia's cities ranked in the top 40 of the world's most liveable. Adelaide Now, 30 November.
MYEFO hits some targets and misses others: ACOSS
The Australian Council of Social Service says that the Federal Government has hit some good targets, such as targeting the wasteful Living Away from Home Allowance and deferring the 50% interest discount on bank deposits, but badly misjudged others, especially cuts to the Baby Bonus, which will hit low income families hardest, and the rolling back of the co-contribution superannuation arrangements for lower income earners, in today's Mid-Year Economic and Financial Outlook (MYEFO).
Commissioner says age crisis preventable
Speaking at the Australian Industry Group Personnel and Industrial Relations Conference, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan said that older people will continue to be pushed out of work at the expense of business productivity unless we start to reassess the way we think about the ideal employee. AHRC, 29 November.
Stronger human rights laws will ensure more scrutiny of law-making
The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the passage last week of laws that will strengthen Australia’s commitment to human rights. AHCR, 28 November.
Mental health counselling cuts hit hard
Jacqui Love is not looking forward to Christmas. She is worried about the financial and emotional strain, and going without the counselling she needs to cope. SMH, 28 November.
Hunger makes a poor incentive
It's been a tough year for the captains of industry. The galloping salary increases of pre-GFC days have slowed to a canter, The Australian Financial Review reported. But it's hard to feel sorry for, say, Westfield's Frank Lowy on a package of $16 million. SMH, 26 November.
Warning of plunge in house prices
Australian house prices could plunge by as much as 25 per cent if the European meltdown causes a global credit crunch, The Economist magazine predicts. The Age, 26 November.
Family violence reforms passed by Parliament
Beyond the boom: the new economic challenge
Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Online depression treatment helpful
A Canberra study has found online programs can help reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. ABC News, 2 December.
Union calls for Canberra hostels
The construction union is calling for hostels to be re-established in Canberra, amid fears a lack of accommodation is making it hard to attract interstate workers. ABC News, 2 December.
ACT to sign border deal
The ACT will gain a greater say in developments in the surrounding region under a major cross-border agreement with NSW to be signed today. The Canberra Times, 2 December.
Groups combine to help homeless
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Legal Aid New South Wales have combined to address the legal issues faced by the homeless in the New South Wales south east. ABC South East NSW, 30 November.
$5m accommodation plan for Muswellbrook TAFE
An estimated $5million project to help Muswellbrook TAFE students beat historically high rents in the Upper Hunter town will be submitted for federal infrastructure funds this week. Newcastle Herald, 30 November.
Complex about to take first tenants
The majority of units in $30 million public housing development will be allocated to people from the Port Macquarie area. Port Macquarie News, 30 November.
Rising housing costs mean that almost one-in-five Bathurst households is now struggling to make ends meet. Campaign manager of Australians for Affordable Housing, Sarah Toohey said the problem was worse for low income families ($600 a week or less in Bathurst) where high housing costs meant there was not much left over for “basics like food, clothing and transport, and also those irregular costs like birthdays and Christmas”. Western Advocate, 28 November.
Federal Government to set aside almost $1b for struggling NSW parents whose children stay in school until year 12
Teen mothers told take your HSC, go to TAFE or lose your welfare payment
Welcome to Fairfield: The welfare capital where one in five live on benefits
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.
Darwin's Aboriginal housing woeful: report
The Danila Dilba Health Service report found many homes are overcrowded, dilapidated and 14 per cent of houses in the city's Aboriginal communities have no showers or toilets. ABC News, 30 November.
Indigenous doctors 'critical' to closing health gap
The head of medicine at Queensland's James Cook University says more Indigenous students need to sign up to medical courses to help improve health standards in remote communities. ABC News, 30 November.
Development of a National Regulatory Framework
Establishing a national regulatory system for housing providers is a whole-of-government reform commitment under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (2009–14). Communities Queensland, November.
Bonig: Tenant and landlord rights
If you are involved in renting residential property, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you will need to know your rights and obligations. Adelaide Now, 28 November.
Hobart Womens’ Shelter
The Hobart Women’s Shelter’s new website will help women experiencing domestic violence or homelessness find the support they need, the Minister for Human Services, Cassy O’Connor. Hobart Women’s Shelter website.
Harsh realities for homeless
Nearly half the homeless people surveyed in Hobart this week were at high risk of death, and those interviewed had spent an average seven years living on the streets. The Mercury, 1 December.
Needy on the home straight
Volunteers who walked the streets and parks of Hobart this week searching for the city's chronically homeless encountered some sceptical subjects. The Mercury, 1 December.
Move to house vulnerable
Under the 50 Lives for 50 Homes project some of those worst off will be matched with an apartment and support run by Common Ground Tasmania, which is building affordable inner-Hobart housing. The Mercury, 28 November.
Regional Victoria needs a plan for a smart future
Next year’s State Budget will be a battleground for families in regional Victoria, as the State Government looks to slash spending on services, warns a report from the Victorian Council of Social Service. VCOSS media release. VCOSS report Stronger People, Stronger State.
Planning should be about creating communities, not just buildings
Good urban and regional planning depends on it being a system – a series of connected and inter-related components that together achieve things. SMH, 30 November.
Great Australian dream still alive
For some time, the great Australian dream has been out of reach for many, with house prices soaring to unaffordable levels in many property markets. Bendigo Advertiser, 29 November.
Department overhaul after lonely death independent audit has found
AN elderly man's body was left unnoticed for two years because public housing staff did not inspect his unit when they said they had visited three times, an inquiry has found. Perth Now, 30 November.
Hungary outlaws homeless in move condemned by charities
A new legal regulation has come into force in Hungary making homelessness punishable by a fine of around $600 (£384) or prison. BBC News, 1 December.
Social survey: doubt on end of crisis continues, but trust in EU's ability to make positive impact remains
Council teams up with landlord to improve services to vulnerable tenants
A partnership agreement between a council and a social landlord will unlock £250,000 a year for disabled facility grants for tenants in Kent. 24 Dash, 30 November.
Study: Half of Iraq war veterans homeless
Jacksonville veteran gets help; Sulzbacher Center serving more vets
See poverty rates, trends for every California school district
Poverty is one of the most reliable predictors of student success -- poor children tend to perform worse academically than students who aren't poor. Almost 1.4 million California schoolchildren lived below the poverty line last year, up 32 percent from 2007, new census figures show. The Sacramento Bee, 30 November.
Lines Grow Long for Free School Meals, Thanks to Economy
Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program. NY Times, 29 November.
Recession Leaves Young Adults Most Financially Vulnerable: Study
While the Great Recession has affected nearly all Americans in some form, it's young adults who have suffered some of the worst economic losses since the start of the downturn. Huffington Post, 29 November.
Los Angeles Mission Cuts Jobs To Feed Homeless
Here's The Heartbreaking 60 Minutes Interview That Will Have You In Tears
Austin and Arielle Metzger have lived out of this yellow truck for months with their father, Tim. Business Insider, 28 November.
City Council Plans Suit Over Homeless Policy
Christine C. Quinn, the speaker of the City Council, announced plans Monday to sue the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloombergover a new policy that imposes stricter requirements on homeless people seeking shelter. NY Times, 28 November.
Thousands of Massachusetts homeless families still hotel-based not HomeBASEd
The lobby is swarmed at certain hours with mothers and their children, one of several de facto homeless shelters in desperate times for families – and the state. Mass Live, 27 November.
Homeless veteran rate higher in Austin
A new federal report shows that the rate of homeless residents who are veterans is higher in Austin than other large Texas metropolitan areas. ABC Local, 26 November.
More homeless kids now living in cars
It's shocking to think that in this land of plenty, 17 million American children are living in poverty. That's nearly one in four. CBS News, 25 November.
There Is More to Ending Homelessness Than Simply Building Affordable Housing
Homeless advocates have long argued that the answer to ending homelessness is straightforward, build more affordable housing. I too subscribed to this dogma before moving to Pittsburgh, where the last thing any neighborhood needs is more housing development. Huffington Post, 23 November.
What if They Declared an Emergency and No One Came?
The Canadian Red Cross will provide support to the Attawapiskat reserve, where a state of emergency has been declared due to poor living conditions. Huffington Post, 21 November.
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH
‘Shining The Light: 10 keys to becoming a trans positive organisation’, Gooch B 2011, Galop, London
The Gender Audit Survey takes around 8 minutes to complete and seeks information about diversity within your workforce, within your senior management roles, and within your Board. We ask you to complete the survey and to circulate among your community sector networks. The deadline for responses is 12 December 2011 and results to be released on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012. Survey.
Child: Care, health and development (INT)
Health Care for the Homeless Inc. (USA)
Melbourne Street to Home
Have your say...
The Treasury (AUS)
The Night Cleaner
The idea was simple: pack a suitcase, go to another city where you have no connections and try to find a job, anonymously. That was the idea that took Florence Aubenas - one of France's most
accomplished undercover journalists - on a journey into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Wiley website.
Doing youth work in Australia is a three-volume resource designed specifically for Australian youth workers and students of youth work courses.
The New Volunteer Coordinator: The First 90 Days
21 Big Picture Tips to Rock Your Volunteer Program
The IMB Community Foundation
New funding round for Indigenous Broadcasting Program now open
Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (SAIF)
Supported accommodation for people with disability. $60 million has been committed over three years to build up to 150 new supported accommodation places for people with disability.
2011/12 Black Dog Institute Writing Competition Competition closes 23 January, 2012.
Fears about security and privacy stop many senior Australians from using the internet, according to a new inquiry into cyber-safety. Life Matters, 29 November.
Regrets of the Dying
Bronnie Ware speaks about her experiences in her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Life Matters, 29 November.
One in four Australian workers claims to be under stress. Life Matters, 28 November.
Joe Cross: Fat, sick and nearly dead
He was professionally successful but physically bankrupt. Life Matters, 28 November.
Performance pay for teachers
Stephen Dinham discusses how the new national teaching standards could be used to measure and develop good teaching. Life Matters, 28 November.
VCOSS Voice (AUS)
YFoundations (Youth homelessness AUS)
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Twitter in Plain English
From http://commoncraft.com a quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter on You Tube.
Settle Petal (AUS)
Families in Transition (USA)
The average age of a homeless child in the United States is seven years old
The Peak Industry Body which represents Housing Organisations (Providers) in South Australia.
The Foyer Federation (UK)
The Foyer Federation's mission is to turn young people's experiences of disadvantage into solutions that support their transition to adult independence.
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