Homelessness week gives us the opportunity to think about what having a home means to those of us who have them and to consider what it might be like for those who don’t. This week also provides an opportunity for those who are concerned about the numbers of people experiencing homelessness in Victoria to take action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is an urgent need to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of all Australians.
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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.
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.
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.
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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