Subject:                                     INFORM Friday 22 July 2011.

 

Homeless Persons Week 2011 1-7 August:
MY Address: Diversity in Homelessness

 

 

 

HOMELESSNESS

AUSTRALIA

Creating a framework for ending homelessness

 

 

22 July 2011

INFORM                                     

Weekly e-bulletin of advocacy, research and policy in homelessness.

Homelessness Australia - the peak national body for the homelessness support sector.


NEWS  of the WEEK                                                        WEB     E    TW     FB    LINK

 

AWARDS

Nominations for the 2011 Human Rights Award categories are open now.

 

BOOK

Journey of Hope

By Dr J. Michael Davey

Published by Ark House Press

 

USA Homelessness Advocacy Manual

 

CAMPAIGN

Stress Down Day today!

It’s Lifeline’s only National fundraising campaign. It's fun, easy and best of all it's for a great cause!

 

Body Image

The Australian Government is committed to supporting the health, happiness and resilience of young Australians. This includes undertaking work to promote positive body image. DEEWR.

 

End Youth Homelessness

Virgin Unite also has a national petition running on their website http://endyouthhomelessness.com.au/ and we are encouraging as many people as possible to join.

 

GRANTS

Heart & Soul Australia & New Zealand: Apply Now

The CTK Foundation is partnering with Connecting Up Australia to offer major grants of funds and technology to not for profits and voluntary organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Grant website.

 

HOTLINES

Aged Care Australia

Older Australians, their families, and carers will find it easier to access valuable information about aged care with the introduction of a single, national information line on 1800 200 422 from 1 July. Website.

 

What is 1800RESPECT Online?

1800RESPECT Online is a service that allows access to chat with a qualified and experienced counsellor about your concerns. It is not a crisis service. If there is an urgent need to contact assistance please call the 1800RESPECT telephone counselling on 1800 737 732. Website.

 

LISTEN

Bigger cities, bigger slums

Our increasing urbanisation means a significant growth in the size and number of the world's slums. So, without romanticising the slum, can we make them places fit for living? And do we have any choice? Future Tense, 14 July.

 

Andrew's Journey

Andrew Hall's life changed irrevocably in a split second on Australia Day, 2010. Celebrating at his place in Hawks Nest with a group of mates, he leaned too far over a balcony and fell on to a concrete driveway, breaking his back. Life Matters, 21 July.

 

Bullied stars

When the singer Megan Washington was at high school she had few friends, and so was never invited to any music festivals. Life Matters, 20 July.

 

Perfectionism

You want to achieve but do you set the high-jump bar so high, you'll never jump over? Unhealthy perfectionism is a common feature of depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Life Matters, 20 July.

 

Walking through Aboriginal history in Tasmania

Tasmanian elder Patsy Cameron leads walking tours along Tasmania's far north-east coastline.

Bush Telegraph, 19 July.

 

Reviving Indigenous languages

More than 100 Aboriginal languages are critically in danger of disappearing unless more effort is put into reviving them. Life Matters, 19 July.

 

The Two Economists: the end of consumerism?

The global financial crisis looks like it will get worse before it gets better. In America, pundits are wondering if consumerism, the great driver of their economy for most of the last century, is over. Life Matters, 19 July.

 

Dialogue with the Dalai Lama - Part 3 - Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry

Mental illness is reportedly on the rise in young people. Why? And, what role for secular ethics education in fostering developing minds?

All in the Mind, 9 July.

 

 

POSITIONS VACANT

ACOSS

Personal Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

 

Housing & Homelessness Services jobs in Australia

 

CREATE Foundation

Positions Currently Available

 

Part-time GPs required (ongoing)

Mobile GP is a non-government agency providing health services to the homeless and marginalised. Work in a fully accredited mobile practice, be supported by a nurse in a 1:1 ratio and also have the back-up of a mental health nurse. If you are interested in the homeless, chronic disease, Aboriginal medicine, mental health, youth health and patients with addiction, Mobile GP would love to have you on their team. For further information, please call Stephanie Dunstan on 0457 925 357 or email steph.dunstan@mobilegp.org.au

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

BLOGS

A Look at Female Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

 

Ending Domestic Violence Requires Holding Police Accountable (USA)

 

Tent City in Whitehorse (USA)

 

Davis says socks are like gold

 

The 10 Most Ridiculous Anti-Homeless Laws

 

Walking and Talking Simultaneously Could Cause Elders to Fall

 

YFoundations (Youth homelessness AUS)

 

The homelessness-advocate Daily (INT)

 

The Indigenous and Remote Daily (Aus)

 

An International Effort to End Homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness

 

FACEBOOK

Facebook advice part 5 from Hootville

 

INTERNET

Where Do I Start? Female Seniors and the Internet

Research by Council of the Ageing (WA) has found that very few senior women are going online due to a lack of skills, anxiety about technology, cybercrime fears and problems with service providers.  ACCAN for reports.

 

LINKED IN

Making LinkedIn Work for You

 

TWITTER

Is your media release Twitter ready?

 

Twitter in Plain English

From  http://commoncraft.com  a quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter on You Tube.

 

WEBINAR

Cloud Accounting for NonProfits - A free online webinar

Monday, August 15, 2011 from 2:30 PM - 3:30pm. Website.

 

SURVEY

Women and Housing Affordability Survey

Swinburne University of Technology

 

VIDEO/FILM

Big Fella

Full episode on diabetes and obesity in Indigenous communities. SBS, 18 July.

 

Cheaper options for buyers and renters

More Australians are having their homes repossessed and renters are struggling to find homes they can afford. Now there are bold new schemes designed to ease the housing affordability crisis, and they promise to save both buyers and renters a fortune. Today Tonight, 15 July.

 

5 Australian Nonprofits Making the most of You Tube

Connecting Up, 21 July.

 

Message Stick

Past episodes.

 

Phoenix Youth - "A Better Life" Animated Video

 

Phoenix Youth - A Day in The Life

 

Eva's Phoenix Printshop-Funder's Video

 

Official Opening of the Buzz Hargrove Youth Training Centre

 

Beth's Story

 

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures

Alzheimer’s Association (USA)

 

As Life Goes On

A DVD about Ageism and Elder Abuse

 

WEBSITES

*New Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse

 

35 Websites For Free Ebooks Download

 

Hansard

Hansard is the name given to transcripts of parliamentary proceedings. This digital version has publications dating back to May 1901.

 

Aging Care (USA)

 

WEEKS & DAYS
National Homeless Persons’ Week

MY Address Diversity in homelessness

1 – 7 August 2011 Homelessness engages diverse people, from diverse addresses for diverse reasons. HPW 2011. HPW WA website!

 

World Homeless Day 10/10/2011

 

Social Inclusion Week 19 - 27 November

“We would love to see every school in AUS hold an event during SIW2011!”

SIW website.

 

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: TSN@thenexus.org.au

 

-Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

-Australian Institute of Families

-Australian Policy Online

-Twitter and facebook just for existing!

 

NATIONAL

Homeless Persons’ Week 1-7 August

The launch for this awareness week on will take place in nine separate locations around Australia.

 

The nationwide calendar is here and WA is here.

 

Australia’s immigration detention system continues to breach international human rights obligations

Australia’s strict immigration detention regime continues to lead to breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations, President Catherine Branson QC has said. AHRC, 21 July.

 

Fear propelling more families to save

More Australian households are "saving in fear", concerned about a deteriorating economy or losing their job. The Australian, 19 July.

 

Prison release a deadly sentence

Deathrates among prisoners within a year after their release are 10 times higher than among inmates who remain inside -- with one-third of deaths occurring in the first four weeks of freedom. The Australian, 18 July. MJA Report.

 

The looming crisis facing the Australian economy

As Julia Gillard spoke to the nation's political journalists on Thursday lauding the "underlying strength" of the economy, Paul Zahra was watching his company's share price plunge. The Australian, 16 July.

 

Respect helps to bridge the gap

The relentless barrage of bad news about indigenous Australians is at odds with signs of unambiguous improvement in important aspects of their lives. SMH, 16 July.

 

The Boom: Australians dramatically misperceive wealth inequality

Lost amidst the chatter about carbon taxes, mining regulation, and the “two-speed economy” is a much more elemental question—at heart, what kind of society do Australians really want to live in? The Conversation, 8 July.

 

Shed some light on Census night

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be conducting the next Census of Population and Housing on Tuesday 9 August 2011.

 

The Census provides a ‘snapshot’ of Australia every five years. It aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night and collects vital information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australian society. 

The Census provides a critical indicator of homelessness in Australia.

 

The information collected from the Census provides important information that government, decision-makers and community organisations use to plan community facilities, services and support programs, such as emergency shelters, domestic violence programs and transitional housing. For more information visit www.abs.gov.au/census.

 

Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Latest media releases

 

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Latest media releases

 

The Hon Kate Ellis MP

Latest media releases

 

DEEWR media releases

 

ACT

Asylum families in ACT suburbs

Scores of asylum-seekers are now living in Canberra while their claims for refugee protection are being assessed but there are concerns ACT services lack the coordination to properly support them.

The Canberra Times, 21 July.

 

Builder says reforms will cut cost of new homes

The ACT Government's Hawke reforms could see the price of new houses slashed by up to $10,000, according to one of the territory's top builders. The Canberra Times, 20 July.

 

NSW

Support for homeless in the box

On any given night there are as many as 110 people sleeping rough in Queanbeyan. To raise awareness of how homelessness affects people in the city, community organisations are being asked to show their creativity by decorating a cardboard box for National Homeless Persons Week. The Queanbeyan Age, 21 July.

 

Assistance helps students succeed

This year Housing NSW will award 200 scholarships worth $2000 each to students living in social housing. The scholarships are designed to help the successful applicants complete their higher school certificate or TAFE equivalent. Central West Daily, 21 July.  Forms are available from Housing NSW.

 

‘Seachangers’ doing it tough

Unemployed people are finding themselves homeless after moving to the Milton-Ulladulla district seeking a sea change. Milton Ulladulla Times, 20 July.

 

OOHC not working for at-risk kids

In a letter in Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, July 15, Reverend Harry Herbert, the executive director of Uniting Care NSW, peddled emotive disinformation about the crisis in Australia's increasingly unaffordable out of home care (OOHC) system. The Drum Opinion, 19 July.

 

Qld

Housing peak welcomes new homelessness strategy

Queensland Shelter welcomes a “three-pronged” homelessness strategy, released by the Minister for Community Services and Housing, Karen Struthers.

 

The strategy, titled “Opening Doors”, is part of the Queensland Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-2014. Q Shelter, media release 21 July.

 

Govt promises help for Qld's homeless

Women and children forced to flee violent homes will be targeted for special help under a new plan to reduce homelessness in Queensland. 9 News, 21 July.

 

WILLOUGHBY: Homelessness an issue

I was talking about a pretend lotto win a few weeks back with a family member. After factoring in a trip around the world, a new home and car I piped: "You'd have to give some to a charity, like the homeless or something.'' Gold Coast, 21 July.

 

Qld disaster victims still without homes

About 90 people who moved into temporary state accommodation after Queensland's natural disasters are still living there five months later. 9 News, 19 July.

 

Financial counsellors help cash-strapped Queenslanders

Lifeline financial counsellor Mark Bates says he sees everyone. "The the most common questions he's asked about his job is, 'what kind of people do you normally deal with?' The most honest answer is that I'm a bit like your local GP, I see pretty much everyone." Courier Mail, 19 July.

 

SA

Aldinga not ready for boom – Council

THE State Government should hold back on releasing land for housing at Aldinga until at least 2026, Onkaparinga Council says. Southern Times Messenger, 20 July.

 

State leaders call for end to failing indigenous action

A group of prominent South Australians has called on the federal government to end the intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, claiming it has not only failed in its purpose, but in some aspects has made things worse. SMH, 20 July.

 

Vic

Youth homeless crisis means service has to turn away needy

Thousands of youths are homeless in the north-western suburbs due to a lack of public housing and high rental prices. Northcote Leader, 22 July.

 

More public housing planned, but hundreds left waiting

Footscray and Hobsons Bay will share in 51new public houses, but more than 1200 of the west’s most vulnerable people are still on housing waiting lists. Housing Minister Wendy Lovell announced last week 1600 new properties would be added to public housing stock, of which 428 would be in the north-west metropolitan area. Maribyrnong Weekly, 21 July.

 

Vacancy rise eases market

Melbourne’s tight rental market is showing signs of easing, with vacancy rates for all metropolitan areas rising above 2 per cent for the first time in six years. The Age, 21  July.

 

Charter is protecting human rights of homeless Victorians

Representatives from the PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Hanover Welfare Services and the Council to Homeless Persons will be providing oral testimony to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee’s inquiry into the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Media release, 20 July.

 

Shelter shortage

Hume and three other municipalities stretching from Craigieburn to Melton will share in fewer than 90 new public houses this year while thousands of Hume residents still languish on the waiting list. The Hume Weekly, 19 July.

 

WA

Regional housing sit empty over dispute

A dozen new public houses in regional WA have been empty for up to six months because of an unresolved dispute between the builder of the homes and its subcontractors. The West Australian, 19 July.

 

Remote rebuild to cost $75m

Almost 60 new homes in flood-ravaged Warmun will be built for $530,000 each, with the rebuilding of the Aboriginal community to cost taxpayers $75 million. The West Australian, 19 July.

 

INTERNATIONAL

EUROPE

One Vision Housing take on Europe

One Vision Housing has been shortlisted in two categories in the biggest awards ceremony of its kind in Europe. 24 Dash, 21 July.

 

UK

Self build homes could double in a decade

The number of self-build homes built each year could double in the next decade if new proposals are implemented. Inside Housing, 21 July.

 

Selling off social housing 'not the answer', says Peabody chief

Peabody chief Stephen Howlett has hit out at plans floated by think tank Policy Exchange to sell off social housing in desirable areas such as London, claiming it would lead to an exodus of low and middle-waged people. 24 Dash, 21 July.

 

Landlords to raise £2bn for affordable rent homes

London’s largest housing associations will jointly raise more than £2 billion of private finance for new homes over the next four years. Inside Housing, 21 July.

 

How to get ahead in housing

Social landlords are developing their own apprenticeship schemes in order to create a young workforce with relevant skills and a real understanding of the sector. The Guardian, 19 July.

 

USA

State’s new aim: no homeless in motels

More than 1,600 homeless families live in motel rooms today across Massachusetts, including 284 in the suburbs south of Boston. But come Aug. 1, reforms included in the new state budget could help lead many of those families, as well as several thousand others living in shelters, back to homes of their own. Boston, 21 July.

 

Homeless in college: How do you make it work?

For homeless college students, every expense is a mountain to be climbed. The cost of a student ID, books, breakfast, lunch and dinner that many college students take for granted are an almost insurmountable challenge for homeless students seeking an education that is often advertised as one of the only paths to a better life. The Washington Post, 21 July.

 

The long wait for sleep

Rodney Palmer is 52, and he uses a cane because he has a bad hip. Walking is painful for the homeless native San Franciscan, but to reserve a bed at a shelter, he's got to get up early and cover a lot of ground. San Francisco Bay Guardian, 19 July.

 

Homelessness in The Huffington Post

 

 

PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH

ACCAN

Much more than infrastructure needed to connect remote communities

Peak consumer body ACCAN say the results of a study released today shed a stark light on the challenges involved in connecting up remote indigenous communities, where very few residents have been online and many have never used a computer. Much more than infrastructure needed to connect remote communities, 21 July.

 

AHURI

No. 140: Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence: innovations in policy and practice

 

Australian and Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

Newsletter no. 45 - Winter 2011 - is now available to download from the Clearinghouse website.

 

The first issue of the Workplace Bulletin, an initiative of the Domestic Violence Workplace Rights and Entitlements Project, available to download.  

 

What’s new? Set your calendar in your email program to visit this page once a month

 

AIC

Children’s exposure to domestic violence in Australia

Children's 'witnessing' or exposure to domestic violence has been increasingly recognised as a form of child abuse, both in Australia and internationally. Click here for Paper.

 

Police interviews with vulnerable adult suspects

In this paper, some of the key issues police are likely to encounter when dealing with vulnerable adult suspects are considered and an overview of the Australian legislation and police policies governing police interviews in such circumstances is presented.

Report, July.

 

AIFS

Online safety

The purpose of this Resource Sheet is to provide information on resources available for parents regarding online safety for their children. Resource sheet.

 

Reporting abuse and neglect: State and territory departments responsible for protecting children

Resource sheet.

 

AIHW

Younger people with disability in residential aged care: update from the 2009-10 Minimum Data Set

 

National outcome measures for early childhood development: development of indicator based reporting framework

 

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set 2011-12: specifications and collection manual

 

Australian Review of Public Affairs

Making prevention work in human services for children and youth

 

Dep’t Of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Review of access to telecommunications by people with disability, older Australians and people experiencing illness.  Click here to read the Review's Terms of Reference and information about how to make a submission.

 

FaHCSIA

Approaches to personal money management

This report presents findings from a segmentation analysis that used data from the 2008 ANZ Survey of Adult Financial Literacy in Australia. The project profiles the population into segments based on personal money management attitudes and behaviours. The findings are designed to help policy makers better understand how money is managed in Australia, to inform the development of new approaches to assist people in financial difficulty and to prevent people getting into such situations in the first place. FaHCSIA, Occasional Paper.

 

Men’s Engagement in Shared Care and Domestic Work in Australia

The Social Research Centre (SRC) has partnered with the Institute for Social Science and Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland to undertake research on behalf of the Office for Women in FaHCSIA, into the barriers and enablers influencing men sharing unpaid domestic labour and the care of children. Report.

 

House of Representatives

Inquiry into Early Intervention Programs Aimed at Preventing Youth Suicide

On Monday 4 July 2011, the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing tabled its report on the inquiry into Early Intervention Programs Aimed at Preventing Youth Suicide entitled Before it's too late: Report on early intervention programs aimed at preventing youth suicide. Report.

 

NCVER

Understanding the undertow: innovative responses to labour market disadvantage and VET

Increasing productivity by moving people from welfare to employment is a priority for the Australian Government. This report considers the complex issues of helping those marginalised from the labour market into employment. NCVER, 12 July.

 

Parity

The June "Preventing Elderly Homelessness" Edition of Parity

Two articles from this issue: Better Services and Housing Outcomes: A New Lease on Life for Older People

Service Models for Older Homeless Women

 

Call for Contributions for October, Homelessness Research: Improving Services, Improving Outcomes and Working to End Homelessness”. Parity, the national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons, www.chp.org.au/parity

 

Primary Health Care

Primary health care for people with intellectual disabilities - PHC RIS Research Roundup

 

Productivity Commission

Early Childhood Development Workforce, Draft research report, his draft report was released on 30 June 2011. You are invited to examine this draft and provide written comments to the Productivity Commission. Written comments should reach the Commission by 31 August 2011. Commission.

 

Spring magazine from FEANTSA

Homeless in Europe

 

Shelter NSW

Presentations given at Shelter NSW Welcome home conference on housing for an inclusive society, Sydney (June).

 

The Lancet

Global burden of disease in young people aged 10—24 years: a systematic analysis.

 

The Medical Journal of Australia

Counting the cost: estimating the number of deaths among recently released prisoners in Australia.

 

The Social Protection Committee (SPC)
A report from the SPC on the "Social dimension of the Europe 2020 strategy" that examines actions to promote inclusion and reduce poverty, in line with the strategy's headline targets. Report.

 

The Treasury

Final Report on the Scoping Study for a National Not For Profit (NFP) Regulator

 

UNICEF

Listen to Children Report

 

Women With Disabilities Australia
Policy Paper: 'Assessing the situation of women with disabilities in Australia: A human rights approach' (July 2011)

 

United States Department of Labor

Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers. Download the full Trauma Guide

 

TRAINING, SEMINARS, FORUMS

VCOSS Clearinghouse Rural & Regional Training - Coming to a town near you in 2011!

 

ANU Women’s Collective and the ACT Women’s Services Network present a discussion forum:

‘Reclaim What?

Equality Rights Alliance, Wednesday 3 August, 6:30pm, Law Theatre, Fellows Road, ANU. Website.

 

Adolescents & young people with ASD - Transitioning to a meaningful life - AAACT Workshop

This workshop will explore the difficulties facing adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum as they transition to a new phase in their lives. Paying particular attention to mental health and social development the workshop will outline strategies to foster resilience and increase social connections for young people. 25 August, ACT. Website.

 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Course Information

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course is designed as a 14 hour course. The course is designed to be conducted in 6 modules; however, the delivery format is flexible. Website.

 

EVENTS

AUGUST

1 - 7 AUGUST, EVENTS

MY Address: Diversity in Homelessness
Nationwide Calendar and posters for download

WA’s HPW website

 

Some events:

Monday 1 August: AHI Supporting ex-prisoners in the community, forum, Redfem, NSW

 

Tuesday 2 August: NT Shelter, Raintree Park, Darwin,12-2pm, contact: Peter Lindwell, hpo@ntshelter.org.au mb 0428820944

 

Wednesday 3 August: WISHIN, Women's Car Sleepout, Brunswick, Vic, click here for flyer

 

Thursday 4 August: Homeless Persons' Week Info Hub and BBQ, 11am-3pm Narrabundah, ACT

Friday 5 August: Slither and Slumber, Executive Sleepout, Central NSW Coast, register or donate here

Sunday 7 August: Todd Mall Markets awareness stalls, Alice Springs, from NT Shelter Alice Springs

2011 NESA National Conference

Monday 8 August, Brisbane. Draft Program. Conference website.

 

SEPTEMBER

64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference: “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” in Bonn, Germany, 3 - 5 September, conference website.

 

AHURI Improving housing affordability through tax reform: Australia and the UK in comparison

Thursday, 15 September, Sydney. Event website.

 

AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 2011

Young and old: connecting generations. 19 - 22 September, Canberra. Conference website.

 

OCTOBER

First Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion

The Convention, to be organised on 17-18 October in Cracow, will review the progress made towards the headline target of reducing poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020 and the implementation of the European Platform against Poverty. It will also debate suggestions for future actions. Convention website.

 

NOVEMBER

Youth Health 2011: Its totally important!

Sydney, 9 - 11 November, Congress website.

 

End Youth Homelessness 2011

YFoundations conference, 22 - 24 November, Sydney, conference website

 

Welfare in a growing economy

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is proud to launch their flagship report Australia's welfare 2011 at a national conference in Canberra on 24 November 2011. Conference website.

 

Generation Next 2011 events

 

 

 

 

 

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