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11th November 2019     SUPPORT THE #HOMELESSTRUTHS CAMPAIGN
by Western Homelessness Networker

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria released information about the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of a broader campaign focussed on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit). more

11th November 2019     SUPPORT THE HOMELESSTRUTHS CAMPAIGN

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria launched a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of a broader campaign focussed on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

10th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES SHARING HOMELESS TRUTHS ON WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit). more

10th October 2019     SUPPORT THE HOMELESSTRUTHS CAMPAIGN
by Western Homelessness Networker

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria launched a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of a broader campaign focussed on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family (click here for an email template)

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles (see also attached)

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).

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10th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES PROMOTING: WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER - #HOMELESSTRUTHS
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

8th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES PROMOTING: WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER - #HOMELESSTRUTHS
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

8th October 2019     SPEND 5 MINUTES PROMOTING: WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY, THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER
by Western Homelessness Networker

Discover #HomelessTruths this World Homelessness Day 2019

On Thursday 10 October, World Homelessness Day, homelessness organisations from around Victoria will be smashing myths through a digital campaign called #HomelessTruths.

The campaign highlights the top 5 most commonly held myths about homelessness through a series of social tiles which can be downloaded at www.vhn.org.au.

Addressing community misperceptions about homelessness is part of broader efforts focus on systemic solutions, such as investment in social housing.

You can support the campaign by:

1) Downloading the digital campaign kit and using the resources to smash the top 5 homeless myths by sending an email to all your friends and family 

2) Using the #HomelessTruths hashtag on social media

3) Visiting www.vhn.org.au and downloading the social media tiles

4) Sharing #HomelessTruths with your local State / Federal MP and urge them to invest in social housing

5) Print out the five myths on put them on the wall at work (you can download the five A4 posters from the digital toolkit).  more

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20th June 2019     LGBTIQ+ NORTHERN NETWORK MEETING SCHEDULE 2019
by VincentCare Victoria

VincentCare has offered to host a LGBTIQ+ Northern Network. The aim of the network is to provide an opportunity for mainstream community agencies & LGBTIQ specific agencies in the Northern metropolitan region to meet and share information specific to the needs of LGBTIQ young adults, adults and families, including families of choice.

Location: VincentCare Northern Community Hub, 175 Glenroy Road, Glenroy

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Thursday 20th June

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3rd June 2019     HAVE YOUR SAY ON CARAVAN PARK REGULATIONS
by Victorian Government

Victorians will help shape future caravan park regulations, with consultation now open to ensure the industry operates effectively into the future.

Caravan parks are popular holiday destinations, while also providing options for affordable housing and retirement living.

The regulations under review set out requirements for caravan parks and movable dwellings on topics including health and wellbeing, fire safety and emergency management, registration and construction standards.

The Andrews Labor Government is reviewing these regulations, which expire in 2020, to assess how well they are working and make any necessary changes. The review process will run throughout 2019 and early 2020 with the new Regulations to take effect by June 2020. Consultation with stakeholders from across the sector is an important part of this process.

A consultation paper is now available: engage.vic.gov.au/caravan-parks-regulations-sunset-review  Submissions are due by 23 June 2019.  more

3rd June 2019     COURTNEY HERRON WAS NOT A STATISTIC, BUT A PERSON
by Melanie Raymond in The Age

Young people represent roughly half of all people facing homelessness in Australia. Courtney Herron, at 25, was one of them. Courtney, the young woman found dead in Royal Park on Saturday morning, was not a statistic, but a person, described with affection and love.

The average person seeking assistance for homelessness is most likely to be a 25- to 34-year-old woman, often with children in tow, and often escaping family violence.

But when they do seek help, it doesn’t happen. Every night half of all women across Australia who seek a bed in a crisis shelter are turned away from services, such is the crisis in housing. More than 80,000 Victorians are on the social housing waiting list.

Women who are sleeping rough face impossible choices. Fleeing conflict and abuse at home, they again face the risk of assault on the street or in the substandard and violent rooming houses and emergency accommodation to which they may be sent. The harsh experience of such places and low prospects of being offered secure housing means some believe the street is the safer option. Forming a new relationship on the street can mean they are protected from other men, but the man they are with can also be abusive and controlling.

Locking young people out of both affordable rent and the hope of home ownership, maintaining starvation-level Newstart payments, alongside a limited job market and access to jobs for youth in our poorer outer suburbs will continue to leave young people highly vulnerable to homelessness and related problems. Tonight the safety of thousands of Australians who are homeless will remain at risk while trying to sleep in the cold and just make it safely through another night.

Click here for the full article.  more

2nd June 2019     MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR HOMELESS
by The Age

It’s simply not acceptable that homelessness is rising in a nation so prosperous. We don’t lack the wealth. We know which policies work best to simultaneously deal with homelessness and some of its key causes – particularly mental illness, family violence and substance misuse.

We know from international experience that the most cost-effective way to solve homelessness is to give the chronically homeless a home. We see the daily evidence of the suffering and despair caused by having no safe place to live. We know that this is not an abstract reality – these are people in our communities, families and localities.

The federal government made headway 10 years ago, fuelled by the $6.1 billion worth of affordable housing built as part of the economic stimulus under Kevin Rudd. Thousands of community housing units came on the market – but then the funding dried up, even as the demand escalated.

In the past 15 years, the proportion of homeless people living in capital cities has surged from 48 per cent to 63 per cent, according to analysis for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Click here for the full article: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-needs-to-be-done-for-homeless-20190531-p51td0.html more

2nd June 2019     NDIS AND HOMELESSNESS PRACTICE GUIDELINES
by DHHS

In response to the roll out of the NDIS in Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has developed practice guidelines for specialist homelessness services to assist them in working with current or prospective NDIS participants who may be at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

The practice guidelines outline the roles and responsibilities of homelessness services whose clients are either current or prospective NDIS participants. The guidelines were developed in consultation with the homelessness sector, NDIS providers and NDIA.

A copy of the practice guidelines is attached and will also be available via the DHHS Service Providers website:https://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/practice-guidelines-ndis-and-mainstream-services

The department is currently working on a one-page summary document of the guidelines which can be used as a quick reference guide for homelessness services. 

If you have any queries in relation to these practice guidelines, please contact Brittany Clark, Project Officer on 9096 1089 or brittany.clark@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

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2nd June 2019     NEW ZEALAND WELLBEING BUDGET PROMISES BILLIONS TO CARE FOR MOST VULNERABLE
by Eleanor Ainge Roy in The Guardian

Widespread praise for ‘world-first’ budget tackling mental illness, family violence and child poverty.

New Zealand’s Labour coalition government has unveiled its “world-first” wellbeing budget, to widespread praise from social agencies charged with looking after the country’s most vulnerable people.

The finance minister, Grant Robertson, unveiled billions for mental health services and child poverty as well as record investment in measures to tackle family violence.

lthough comparable countries such as the UK have begun to measure the national rate of wellbeing, New Zealand is the first western country to design its entire budget based on wellbeing priorities and instruct its ministries to design policies to improve wellbeing.

Click here for a link to the full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/30/new-zealand-wellbeing-budget-jacinda-ardern-unveils-billions-to-care-for-most-vulnerable more

2nd June 2019     WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN FOR THE HOMELESS, BUT THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES
by Sally Capp, Lord Mayor in The Age

We have all been shaken by the senseless death of a vulnerable young woman, Courtney Herron. As a community, it is right to express our grief about this crime, her circumstances and the way in which she died.

Despite the best intentions of many good people around her, Courtney was sleeping rough in our city, putting her at grave risk. We must ask ourselves, what more could we have done to help her? How can we prevent this happening again?

We know that 40 per cent of people experiencing homelessness are in financial stress. Many are young people and older women, priced out of the rental market, struggling to make ends meet and waiting in the queue for social housing.

Family violence is a factor in 30 per cent of cases and a significant cause of homelessness for women.

Drug, alcohol and mental health problems are thought to account for around 10 per cent of cases.

We are falling way short of what’s needed to tackle the causes, let alone provide enough services to help people once they fall on hard times. This gap will only widen as our population booms, especially in Melbourne.

I ask all Melburnians to be kind and put themselves in the shoes of those who have lost everything. If you want to make a difference, please donate your coins to our city’s crisis housing providers and buy a copy of The Big Issue. Giving money or food directly might feel good but unfortunately prolongs the time people stay out on the streets when they’re sleeping rough.

Building a permanent pathway out of homelessness is the big challenge and the City is putting the call out. We urgently need a joint campaign across all levels of government and it needs to be a priority – from Town Hall to Spring Street to Canberra. Our corporate sector and generous philanthropists are standing by ready to help. We need land and buildings for more frontline services and crisis accommodation. The next step up from there is more social housing, which is at its lowest levels in decades. The pipeline must start flowing.

Click here for the full article: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-re-doing-what-we-can-for-the-homeless-but-there-are-no-quick-fixes-20190530-p51ssn.html

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2nd June 2019     HOMELESSNESS SOARS IN OUR BIGGEST CITIES, DRIVEN BY RISING INEQUALITY SINCE 2001
by The Conversation

Homelessness has increased greatly in Australian capital cities since 2001. Almost two-thirds of people experiencing homelessness are in these cities, with much of the growth associated with severely crowded dwellings and rough sleeping. 

Homelessness in major cities, especially severe crowding, has risen disproportionately in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing and higher median rents. Severe crowding is also strongly associated with weak labour markets and poorer areas with a high proportion of males. 

These are some of the key findings of Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research released on 30 May. 

Click here for a link to the full article.  more

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