Q Shelter Weekly Bulletin
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
Sector News and Updates
Feed Appeal Grants Now Open
The Feed Appeal grants program supports community charities that deliver food relief programs. These programs must invest in projects that will improve the lives of people that are experiencing hunger and or food insecurity in the local community. Charities may apply for grants of up to $50,000.
Eligible applicants must be a Not-for-Profit and registered charity with DGR 1 status – or considering partnering with a charity with DGR 1 status.
Grant Closes: Friday 22 May 2020 at 5pm
Click here to visit the Feed Appeal website
Moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies
National Cabinet has agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of coronavirus.
National Cabinet agreed to a common set of principles, endorsed by Treasurers, to underpin and govern intervention to aid commercial tenancies as follows:
  • a short term, temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent to be applied across commercial tenancies impacted by severe rental distress due to coronavirus;
  • tenants and landlords are encouraged to agree on rent relief or temporary amendments to the lease;
  • the reduction or waiver of rental payment for a defined period for impacted tenants;
  • the ability for tenants to terminate leases and/or seek mediation or conciliation on the grounds of financial distress;
  • commercial property owners should ensure that any benefits received in respect of their properties should also benefit their tenants in proportion to the economic impact caused by coronavirus;
  • landlords and tenants not significantly affected by coronavirus are expected to honour their lease and rental agreements; and
  • cost-sharing or deferral of losses between landlords and tenants, with Commonwealth, state and territory governments, local government and financial institutions to consider mechanisms to provide assistance.
Read more here
Ageing on the Edge Report
‘I Just want secure, safe housing’
The Ageing on the Edge Project is a partnership between Dr Debbie Faulkner from the University of Adelaide and Jeff Fiedler from the Housing for the Aged Action Group and funded by The Wicking Trust.
Produced in consultation with key agencies such as Council on the Ageing Queensland and Q Shelter, the report highlights the rapidly growing problems facing many older people in Queensland.
These issues have become even more acute given the outbreak of COVID-19. Older persons are both a higher risk group to to this virus as well as experiencing a disproportionate rates of insecure housing and homelessness. How can older persons effectively self isolate while couch surfing or living temporarily with family?  
The report also identifies solutions to address the vital housing and service responses needed to help older people in Queensland who are struggling in poverty, hardship and at constant risk of homelessness.
Q Shelter will use this valuable research to inform their ongoing 'Housing Older Women' (HOW) project.
Click here to read the Ageing on the Edge Report
Make Renting Fair in Queensland
You might know about the Government’s review of our rental laws already, but we are now at a critical point in the process. What happens now could change the laws for everyone who rents. That’s why we’re asking for your help.
The biggest issue we’re trying to change is getting rid of unfair evictions. These are used to target renters who have done nothing wrong and are one of the reasons so many renters are often having to move house. We believe a home should be safe and stable and fixing this law will mean renters can feel more at home.
Actions you can take:
Hints and Tips to Improve Outcomes for those Experiencing Symptoms of Hoarding Disorder
Members of the Greater Brisbane Hoarding and Squalor Strategies Group (GBHSSG) continue to report that their clients who experience symptoms of hoarding disorder are failing to be assessed as NDIS eligible, and those who are found eligible are failing to receive adequate care packages.
The following hints and tips provided by members of GBHSSG, may support improved outcomes for clients.
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