7th May 2013 HOMEGROUND SERVICES VIC BUDGET 2013 RESPONSE: HOMELESSNESS ISSUES
by MEDIA RELEASE: HomeGround Services
HomeGround CEO Heather Holst said she hoped funding of $9 mill over three years would be restored to the highly successful Social Housing and Advocacy Support Program (SHASP) which had suffered a 35% funding cut in the past 12 months.
7th May 2013 $1 BILLION FOR 10,000 NEW AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOMES
by THE HON MARK BUTLER MP - Minister for Housing and Homelessness
The Gillard Government today opened a new round of incentives worth $1 billion over 10 years to build 10,000 new affordable rental homes under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
6th May 2013 BLACK HOLE BUDGET WILL PENALISE THE POOR
by BRIAN TOOHEY - Eureka Street
Budgets reveal a government's priorities. On 3 April, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Superannuation Minister Bill Shorten said Labor would no longer give priority to providing over $438,000 a year in government assistance to retirees with an annual tax free income of $1 million from super while an age pensioner gets $21,000. Instead, Labor will not tax the first $100,000 of this retiree's income, and apply a highly concessional rate of 15 per cent to the other $900,000.
4th May 2013 MUMS 'TURNING TO CRIME'
by ANNE MATHER - The Mecury
THE number of Tasmanian women turning to petty theft has almost doubled since cuts to single-parent welfare.
3rd May 2013 2013 VICTORIAN HOMELESSNESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
by Media release: Council to Homeless Persons
The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has announced the 2013 Homelessness Achievement Awards winners at the CHP Conference 2013: A vision for ending homelessness, Conference and Awards Dinner, Thursday 2 May.
3rd May 2013 WELFARE GROUPS HIGHLIGHT JOB CHURN
by PATRICIA KARVELAS - The Australian
TWENTY per cent of all unemployed people return to the dole after they have been taken off the books following successful 26-week employment stints in what welfare groups are calling dangerous "churn".
2nd May 2013 $19.1 MILLION IN HOUSING SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
by The Hon Wendy Lovell MLC - Minister for Housing
Victorian families struggling to find affordable, safe accommodation will benefit from more than $19.1 million in Victorian Coalition Government funding over the next four years.
2nd May 2013 NATIONAL HOMELESSNESS SERVICES ACHIEVEMENTS AWARDS
by Pro Bono News
Seven community organisations from across Australia have been recognised for their outstanding work to prevent and tackle homelessness, as recipients of National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards.
1st May 2013 ANOTHER DAY POORER, DEEPER IN DEBT
by Ross Gittins - The Sydney Morning Herald
According to a survey conducted by the Bureau of Statistics in 2010, almost one in five Australian adults experienced ''financial stress'' that year, where this means not being able to pay their bills, rent or mortgage on time or make minimum repayments on their credit cards, or they had to sell or pawn something because they needed cash.
1st May 2013 VICTORIA TO STREAMLINE HUMAN SERVICES
by John Ferguson - The Australian
The Napthine government has backed a new integrated services model ranging from homelessness to disability services in a bid to slash the number of people clients have to consult across the sector.
1st May 2013 CALL TO LIFT NEWSTART BY $50
by Australian Associated Press
A GROUP of 40 prominent Australians have made a call for the unemployment benefit to be lifted by $50 a week.
1st May 2013 BRAVE HEARTED CHARITY RECOGNISED FOR INNOVATION
by Media release: Sacred Heart Mission
Today Sacred Heart Mission has been applauded with a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award for a pioneering pilot aimed at ending long-term homelessness.
1st May 2013 AUSTRALIA'S ONLY AGED CARE FOR HOMELESS AT RISK
by The World Today
Australia has only one nursing home that looks after homeless people. Now it is facing a funding crisis. Its management says the aged care sector's treatment of the homeless is scandalous and that if things don't change more elderly Australians will be dying alone in the streets. The Wintringham Aged Care group says its nursing home for homeless people is no longer viable and needs more government assistance to stay open.
1st May 2013 CONNECTING THE DOTS – FINDING YOUR WAY THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH YOUTH FORUM - 1ST MAY 2013
IMVC Youth Connections, Capital City Local Learning and Employment Network and the National Disability Coordination Officer Program invite you to a Youth Forum:
Connecting the Dots – Finding your way through mental health
Come along to find out how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing, where to go and who can support you and your family
Hear about the experiences of young people affected by mental illness
Learn about a wide range of support services and explore alternative training pathways for young people
30th April 2013 HOMELESS FAMILIES ON THE RISE
by Australian Associated Press
An increasing number of families find it safer to sleep rough on the streets than live at home because of domestic violence and family breakdown.
30th April 2013 SHORTAGE OF PLACES FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE HOMELESS
by Rachel Browne - The Sydney Morning Herald
Families comprise an increasing proportion of the nation's homeless but there is a dire shortage of suitable accommodation for them, says a new report.
30th April 2013 MEDIA RELEASE: YOUNG PEOPLE FALLING THROUGH THE SERVICE GAP
by YACVic and VCOSS
A growing number of Victorian young people are at risk of falling through gaps in services as support agencies and schools struggle to deal with the rise in vulnerable young people with more complex needs, says a major new report.