A message from Parliament
The Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee has extended the submission deadline for its inquiry into homelessness until March 16.
“We have heard from a number of people who would like to participate in our inquiry but are currently fully committed to bushfire recovery efforts. We are responding to ensure that they can undertake that vital work without missing out on the opportunity to contribute their experiences, views and ideas to our inquiry into homelessness,” Committee Chair Fiona Patten said.
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.
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.
Two changes to renting laws are effective from 19 June 2019.
Rent increases limited to once per year
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.
Council to Homeless Persons
22nd Jan 2019
The Victorian Government is establishing a Royal Commission into Mental Health.
The Royal Commission will provide recommendations on how to best support Victorians with mental illness.
The Terms of Reference are currently being developed through a consultation process, and when finalised they’ll outline the parameters of the Royal Commission’s task.
CHP has some concerns that the draft Terms of Reference don’t mention housing and homelessness. We hope this oversight will be remedied through this initial consultation process.
Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: Health professionals and general public
More cases of hepatitis A have been identified in Victoria. As of 23 November 2018, there were 211 confirmed outbreak cases, 10 probable, 13 possible cases and two deaths.
The free two-dose hepatitis A vaccination program has been extended to further control the hepatitis A outbreak in Victoria.
Darwin Convention Centre
Tue 27 – Fri 30 August 2019
The biennial National Housing Conference is the largest gathering for the social and affordable housing sectors in Australasia. In 2019 the NHC will be held in Darwin for the first time in its history. Registrations are now live with super saver pricing. Review the program snapshot and register now.
Community Housing (VIC) Limited Homelessness Services and Transitional Housing have successfully moved to a new address located at Ground Floor, 19-23 Prospect St, Box Hill (diagonally across the road from the old office).
All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same
VCOSS recently launched the VCOSS Policy Tracker to help you stay across all the major campaign announcements. It will be updated every weekday for the whole campaign.
Three inter related reforms have been introduced in Victoria that will be integral to reducing family violence and promoting child wellbeing and safety.
From Monday 15 October 2018, Uniting Harrisons main location will be 321 Ferntree Gully Road, Mount Waverley.
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.
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.
Swinburne University invites you to participate in a research study to explore knowledge of brain injury among frontline professionals who work with individuals experiencing homelessness across Australia.
ABC Fact Check, Unison Housing Research Centre, Sacred Heart Mission and CHP have collaborated on a homelessness fact check project
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.
Frontyard Youth Services is permanently relocating back to our King Street home
Do you know the difference between Social, Community, Public, Aboriginal and Affordable housing? #everybodyshome have created a breakdown for you.
The Australian Gas Association and Energy Safe Victoria has issued safety notices for the Pyrox or Vulcan 48 series Space Heaters.
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.
On Saturday 13th January 2018 the Victorian Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan was launched.
Information and tip sheets to help workers navigate the Access and Eligibility for Financial Support for New Zealand migrants living in Australia
Anchor’s Housing and Support Services, including Opening Doors currently located at 112 Main Street Lilydale will be relocating and available at the following new address from Friday 22nd September 2017
A campaign to build 100,000 new, desperately needed affordable homes in order to alleviate the homelessness and housing crisis in Australia
A Message from Council to homeless persons (CHP)
On Monday, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas released the affordable housing plan 'Homes for Victorians'. This includes several recent announcements, including the $1 billion fund to grow social housing announced last month, as well as new initiatives. The sections that will have most impact on homelessness include:
The new Rooming House Operators Act comes into effect on 26 April, requiring all existing operators to be licensed by 24 August.