Sector News

New Homelessness Guidelines - 6th May 2020

https://fac.dhhs.vic.gov.au/news/updated-guidelines-funded-homelessness-service-providers-related-covid-19

On 6th May, DHHS released the updated version of the Guidelines for funded homelessness service providers related to COVID-19 . These include the introduction of a coordinated local response to people currently housed in emergency accommodation.

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COVID19 - Isolation and Recovery Facilities (CIRF’s) for people experiencing homelessness

https://fac.dhhs.vic.gov.au/news/temporary-accommodation-people-experiencing-homelessness-during-covid-19

Four COVID19- Isolation and Recovery Facilities (CIRF’s) across inner Melbourne have been established to provide temporary accommodation with support for people experiencing homelessness who test positive for COVID-19, are unwell and awaiting test results or people that require an additional recovery period from the virus.

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MARAM Practice Note for minimum response to victim survivors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation and quarantine period

Family Safety Victoria has released the first of a series of MARAM Practice Notes to support responses to coronavirus (COVID-19).

17.4.20

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More Funding To Keep Women And Children Safe

Media Release - Minister for prevention of family violence - Gabrielle Williams

Women experiencing or at risk of family violence will continue to get access to the services they and their children need, with a two-year funding package for women’s health services across Victoria.

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Safe places for the homeless to recover and isolate - 10.4.20

Minister of Housing - media release - 10.4.20

The Victorian Government will use repurposed aged-care sites to provide self-isolation facilities for Victorians experiencing homelessness – helping them recover from coronavirus, or avoid infection in the first place.

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New measures to implement a ban on evictions and support renters - 15.4.20

CHP e-news explains

On the 15th April, the Premier announced a set of new  measures to provide certainty around the ban on evictions, announced by the Prime Minister on 29 March, and just prior to Easter two new announcements were made to increase accommodation options for people experiencing homelessness during the crisis.

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Online learning during COVID-19

A list of webinars and training opportunities that may be of assistance to you and your staff. 

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COVID-19 and You: Mental Health in Australia Now

https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvhCPY1OweJQbdz

There is an urgent need to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of all Australians.

If you are living in Australia and are over 18yo, please use the link below to find out more and complete the 15-minute survey

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Covid-19 Plan for the Community Sector

https://fac.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-plan-victorian-community-services-sector-0

The COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Community Services Sector  was updated on 30th April 2020. The plan provides guidance to the community services sector during a Pandemic Response.

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EHN Practitioner Meetings 2020

https://www.ehn.org.au/

The EHN Practitioner Meeting provides a great opportunity for practitioners and allied services to come together to share information and ideas and to enhance your professional networks.

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Childrens Network Meetings for 2020

https://www.ehn.org.au/practitioner-resources/the-statewide-childrens-resource-program_245s167

Message from Susie Lukis (Statewide Childrens Resource Program)

Due to the current situation, the Children’s Network Meeting on Thursday 16th April, will not be going ahead.

While I am not providing face to face outposts, training or agency attendance, I am still available for all other support. 

Staff from Opening Doors, Women’s Refuges, Family Violence Support agencies, Family Support Services, Police FV Liaison and other agencies who work with families experiencing homelessness and family violence are invited to attend. We love to see familiar faces and new faces are welcome as well so please feel free to invite people you feel may benefit from this meeting. 

This network will provide a forum for agency updates, sharing of resource information and practice challenges, discussions around regional themes, opportunities for case discussions and the potential to invite guest speakers as well as possibilities for interagency collaboration and capacity building.

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Community service and not-for-profit organisations in disaster management

New Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research aims to gain a better understanding of how community service and not for profit organisations may be involved in working with communities before, during and after disasters.

Community sector and not for profit organisations are encouraged to participate in a short survey to contribute to the research. The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete.

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Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS) Transition Plan

https://www.ehn.org.au/uploads/117/430/Specialist-Homelessness-Sector-Transition-Plan-2018-2022-1.pdf

The plan was developed by government funding provided to the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) through DHSS and guided by an Executive Advisory Group (EAG), and leaders from across both the SHS and DHHS. The content of the plan reflects the input of consultations held with the SHS and others around the state in late 2017.

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Information sharing schemes and the MARAM framework

Three inter related reforms have been introduced in Victoria that will be integral to reducing family violence and promoting child wellbeing and safety.

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Sign the petition for Victoria to build 3,000 new affordable homes

http://everybodyshome.com.au/sign-the-petition-for-3000-affordable-homes-for-victoria/

Everyone needs a home. But in Victoria alone, 25,000 people are homeless on any given night. 82,000 people are waiting for social housing. Another million live in housing stress, paying more rent than they can afford.

There’s no doubt about it – we’re at crisis point.

But the good news is, there are solutions. By building 3,000 extra public and community housing properties each year, the State Government could relieve the pressure on the private rental market and increase the supply of affordable homes for people on low incomes.

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Theme: Homelessness

Everybody's Home campaign

http://everybodyshome.com.au/take-action/

Our housing system is broken.

Whether you’re struggling to find shelter each night or looking to buy your first home, the government can do simple things to fix the system - to make sure everyone has as home. 

 

 

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Theme: Homelessness

My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information

A My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one.

If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out before 31 January 2019. (EXTENDED)

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Interactive Fact Check Tool - Homelessness

ABC Fact Check, Unison Housing Research Centre, Sacred Heart Mission and CHP have collaborated on a homelessness fact check project

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Theme: Homelessness

Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund

A dedicated fund has been established to support innovative partnerships between the Victorian Government and consortia including the community housing, private, not for profit and local government sectors.

The $1 billion Victorian Social Housing Growth Fund will deliver additional supply of social and affordable housing. 

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Theme: Homelessness

Frontyard Youth Services is permanently relocating back to King Street

Frontyard Youth Services is permanently relocating back to King Street

Frontyard Youth Services is permanently relocating back to our King Street home

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Theme: Homelessness

Do you know the difference between Social, Community, Public, Aboriginal and Affordable housing?

http://everybodyshome.com.au/housing-infographic/

Do you know the difference between Social, Community, Public, Aboriginal and Affordable housing? #everybodyshome have created a breakdown for you.

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Census Data shows 11% increase in Victorian homelessness

http://chp.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Media-Release-4-March-Victoria-calls-for-better-funding-deal-as-Census-shows-surge-in-older-people%E2%80%99s-homelessness-couchsurfing-severe-overcrowding.pdf

The ABS have released the 2016 Census data, showing that 24,817 Victorians were counted as homeless in 2016, an 11% increase since 2011 Census.

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Theme: Homelessness

Rough Sleepers Action Plan

Rough Sleepers Action Plan

On Saturday 13th January 2018 the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan was launched.

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Theme: Homelessness

Access and Eligibility for Financial Support for New Zealand migrants living in Australia

Information and tip sheets to help workers navigate the Access and Eligibility for Financial Support for New Zealand migrants living in Australia

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Theme: Homelessness

100,000 Homes - The movement for housing security for all Australians

http://www.endthehousingcrisis.org.au/100khomes

A campaign to build 100,000 new, desperately needed affordable homes in order to alleviate the homelessness and housing crisis in Australia  

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The Private Rooming House Operators Act

The new Rooming House Operators Act comes into effect on 26 April, requiring all existing operators to be licensed by 24 August. 

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Theme: Homelessness