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Q Shelter Housing Matters Newsletter
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Message from the Executive Director
Q Shelter is aware that the sector’s efforts are extensive in response to COVID-19 and we congratulate everyone for the focus, innovation and determination at play to reduce risks to vulnerable people and our workforce.
Q Shelter has advocated to Government for resources and a service delivery framework to achieve the following:
  • Existing tenancies in all tenures are sustained through integrated support and supportive tenancy management
  • Focussed outreach to rough sleepers and people in congregate living environments to provide options for safety
  • Any new tenancies are sustained through adequate support.
As a peak body we are determined to work with you all to ensure an enduring legacy from this time. 
The focus for now is on a regionalised approach to identifying rough sleepers and people in congregate living environments so that their immediate needs for safety can be met. You can register for a regionalised care coordination group here. If there is not one in your area, please contact Q Shelter to be connected to a local response for your region.
Please work with us this week to identify people who need immediate assistance so that there is a concerted effort over the next days to respond. Every housing outcome counts towards reducing risk. We know that some regions in particular are struggling with access to housing options.  Regionally coordinated efforts will focus on identifying needs and capturing potential solutions.  We are working with central government to ensure that offers of help from the community and private sector are captured and coordinated.  
Q Shelter is continuing with weekly COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconferences. You can click here to register for the next teleconference being held on Tueday 14 April at 4.00pm
Stephen Hawkins, who is providing backbone support to the care coordination groups, is also organising regional teleconferences to support localised solutions to COVID-19 challenges. Stephen is available via phone 0404 283 600 or email - sii@qshelter.asn.au 
Stay connected to us and call anytime with concerns, questions and ideas.  Thank you for your efforts and for working so closely with us to drive the best response we can for such challenging times.
Fiona Caniglia
Q Shelter Update
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Project Support Worker - Sector Capacity Team
Do you want to see better outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness?
Q Shelter is recruiting for a Project Support Worker with our Sector Capacity team. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about understanding the housing and homelessness sector and will want to contribute to its work and workforce development.
The role contributes to the strength and capacity of support services and housing providers responding directly to homeless people. 
You can find the full position description and key selection criteria on Q Shelter's website.
For further information contact Maggie Shambrook on 07 3831 5900 or via email maggie.shambrook@qshelter.asn.au 
All applications are due by 10.00am Thursday 16 April 2020
COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconference
Q Shelter is continuing with weekly COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconferences and regional care coordination groups.
The next weekly COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconference is being held at 4.00pm Tuesday 14 April and you can register for this teleconference here.
Sector News and Updates
Launching the AHURI Research Webinar Series
AHURI invites you to join them for their first Webinar: Redesigning the system to reduce youth homelessness to be held on Wednesday 29 April 2020 from 10.00am – 11.30am (AEST). 
This free event will present the findings from the soon to be published report, Redesign of a homelessness service system for young people.
Click here to register
Domestic and Family Violence Updates
$5.5 million has been announced to boost Domestic and Family Violence services and make sure there’s capacity to respond to Queenslanders who are experiencing DFV during COVID-19.
The $5.5 million funding includes: 
  • $1.5 million – to boost capacity of the 24/7 statewide crisis service DVConnect, including Womensline and Mensline and enabling online support.
  • $1.7 million to address crisis accommodation needs, including transiting women to alternative accommodation to free up capacity in shelters.
  • $1.8 million to enhance specialist domestic, family and sexual violence services to meet anticipated demand
  • $500,000 to support a new awareness campaign.
Read more here
Tenants Queensland and DV Connect have released two important updated Domestic and Family Violence resources:
  • DV Connect has released a recent update including COVID-19 information
  • Tenants QLD has launched a new phone line support service for DFV workers assisting clients with tenancy issues and to improve housing outcomes.
Coronavirus resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
The Queensland Department of Health has released COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities.
There is a large range radio, video, digital, posters, updates, newsletters and other resources available in the collection.
Click here to download and access these resources
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Response and recovery grants during COVID-19
Applications are open for grants to assist community organisations during COVID-19
Community organisations play a vital role in ensuring vulnerable consumers can access information, support and direct assistance to navigate the financial and economic impacts of COVID-19.   
Grant Overview
  • Eligible organisations can apply for up to three $100,000 grants 
  • Open to established community organisations with DGR 1 status 
  • Applications close 30 April 2020 and will be assessed on a weekly basis, with formal grant announcements by mid-May 2020 
Applications are now open for a grant pool of $3 million to be submitted by 30 April 2020
COVID-19 infection control training
Queensland Health and Aspen Medical are providing 30 minute online training for care workers in all settings covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control.
Click here to find out more about this training 
Updates from The Deck
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Research: Community and Well‐Being: A Qualitative Study of How Youth Experiencing Homelessness Define Community and its Relations to their Well‐Being
This study has implications for how to promote the well‐being of youth experiencing homelessness, as well as how sense of community and social support may relate to the well‐being of this population.
Read more here
News:  'How come we don't have anywhere to isolate?' Coronavirus and Australia's homeless crisis.
The Guardian Australia reports there has been a ‘noticeable increase’ in rough sleeping in cities despite emergency Covid-19 funding.
The reported increase comes from those working in the housing and homeless sector  say The Guardian.
Read the full article here
News: Prime Minister Scott Morrison must protect vulnerable Australians.
An Opinion piece in the Age by its Economics Editor Scott Gittins writer says Prime Minster Scott Morrison must protect the most vulnerable Australians to combat the coronavirus crisis.
Read the full article here
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