Q Shelter Weekly Bulletin
Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Q Shelter Updates & Events
Tell us your COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Experiences
Q Shelter is inviting social and community housing tenants, as well as persons with lived experience of being homeless or housing insecurity, to share their stories and insights around COVID-19. In particular, Q Shelter wants to hear your experiences in responding to the challenges of new rules and requirements as a result of COVID-19.
These discussions will be hosted via teleconference as a learning exchange. Participants can join via phone, or through Zoom on their computer, tablet and smartphone.
These sessions will take place each Tuesday from 3.00pm - 3.30pm.
Q Shelter is committed to the confidentiality of this discussion and concerns raised. Issues and solutions raised will be presented to government and other decision-making stakeholders where appropriate.
If you would like to discuss this learning exchange in more details, please call Q Shelter on (07) 3831 5900 and ask to speak with Maggie Shambrook.
Providers and Services - please feel free to pass this invitation to your local networks or any tenants and clients you feel would be interested. 
COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconferences
Q Shelter is continuing with weekly COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconferences and regional care coordination groups.
The COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconference is held at 4.00pm every Tuesday and you can register for this teleconference here.
You can also click here to find registration information for regional COVID-19 Learning Exchanges taking place in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast.
Miss our update on residential tenancies and COVID-19?
Then click here to read the bulletin featuring information and resources on updates to residential tenancies.
This update features information on:
  • Residential Tenancies Practice Guide
  • Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations
  • New RTA COVID-19 Dispute Forms
More COVID-19 information and resources can also be found on The Deck online resource hub .
Sector Updates
Has your organisation transitioned to online delivery?
Are you no longer offering face to face appointments but phone only?
To update service details and hours of operation, make sure you've updated your listing on My Community directory. 
Click here to update information about your service.
Important information for health professionals
Important information for Members of the Public
For up-to-date information on Coronavirus 
  • click here  to visit the Qld Health website 
  • click here for the Australian Government Department of Health website.
The following helplines are available: 
  • Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for people with questions regarding prevention and the spread of coronavirus.
  • Call the Healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse who can provide advice as to the steps a person should take.
For the latest information about COVID-19 please click here to access the Australian Government Health Site.
Policy Updates
Housing policies for sustainable and inclusive cities
How national governments can deliver affordable housing and compact urban development
This Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) paper reviews national housing policy instruments from around the world, analysing their impacts on compact urban development and housing affordability.
Click here to read the paper
Redesign of a homelessness service system for young people
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research identifies measures that could reduce youth homelessness and lead to improved outcomes for young people who experience homelessness.
The findings are based on a community-level analysis of special homelessness services data and sites of innovation in three states: South Australia, NSW and Victoria.
 Click here to read the paper
In the News
Homelessness is hard enough, then coronavirus makes sleeping rough even more dangerous
The ABC’s Emily Baker reports.
The nights are the worst, according to Lincoln. About 2:00am he is woken up by people trying to break into the car he calls home.
To keep safe, Lincoln and others sleeping rough in Hobart's northern suburbs take turns patrolling the streets — but with coronavirus restricting how many people are allowed to gather in one spot, they're worried about getting in trouble with the police.
Click here to read the  story.
String of errors leaves Indigenous man locked up and fined under coronavirus state of emergency
The ABC's Emilia Terzon reports
Lawyers for a vulnerable Aboriginal man who was jailed for weeks in a court bungle and slapped with a fine for sleeping on a park bench during the coronavirus state of emergency say the case reeks of "unfairness and injustice".
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains names, images and descriptions of people who have died.
Click here to read the story 
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