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Q Shelter Weekly Bulletin
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Q Shelter Updates and Events
Asset Managers Network Meeting
Q Shelter invites you to register your interest for the revised Asset Managers Network Meeting
This network provides an opportunity for asset managers to share information and best practice, as well as inform government policy and regulatory changes. It also provides the opportunity for organisations to share expertise and knowledge relating to COVID-19.
10.30am - 11.30am
Friday 24 April 2020
Register here for the next meeting -  it will be held by teleconference with details emailed to participants once they have registered.
Sector News and Updates
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New social housing form
Effective from 6 April 2020, the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works has a new social housing application form. This form is available online and can be printed if required - click here to download the new form.
Supporting information
Thanks to Council to Homeless Persons Queensland for the below advice - before the application is lodged with the department, eligibility and supporting documents must accompany the form to enable processing.
 At minimum the following is required upon lodging a social housing application
  • Pg 11 signed and witnessed
  • Two witnessed forms of ID - pg. 10 (E.g. Drivers licence, Medicare card, Centrelink card) NOTE: if the customer has difficulty providing ID - please speak with an officer from the department to discuss).
  • Evidence of income (4 x payslips and/or signed income confirmation form – link below) 
  • Evidence of assets (most recent bank statement)
  • Supporting documentation verifying customers current circumstances (E.g.     support letter, medical report – refer pg. 10)
  • Authority to Request/Disclose Information
Responding to the needs of households and people during COVID-19
Q Shelter is collating and sharing information on how housing providers and homelessness services can best support their staff, clients and tenants.
Q Shelter is also continuing to host weekly telephone learning exchanges with stakeholders in the housing and homelessness sector. You can click here to register for these teleconferences.
Protection from eviction for tenants during coronavirus
The Queensland Government has announced special protections as part of measures to freeze evictions during COVID-19.
The package is part of the national cabinet decision to freeze evictions due to rent arrears. New protections also mean owners cannot evict a tenant if their lease expires during the COVID-19 crisis and must offer an extension to the lease for at least 6 months.
Tenants can also end their lease early if they cannot pay rent due to impacts of coronavirus. Read the full media release here and click here for full details at Queensland Government online rental hub.
Rental grants available as a last resort
State government grants are available to Queenslanders who have lost their job due to COVID-19 and have exhausted all other options.
The COVID-19 Rental Grant is a one-off payment of up to 4 weeks rent to a maximum of $2000. It is available to those affected by the pandemic who do not have access to other financial assistance.
Click here to find out more about this grant 
News Updates
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Would you move out during the Coronavirus crisis?
Coronavirus sees university students move out to give their homes to people in need
More than 200 university students have moved out of their apartments in Brisbane so their building can be turned into crisis housing for people experiencing homelessness, reports Rachel Riga from ABC News.
Read the full article here 
We can't go back to the way things were
COVID-19 shifts homelessness response
Community groups say support must continue for those experiencing homelessness after the COVID-19 crisis ends, reports Luke Michael from Pro Bono News.
Read the full article here 
Rents can and should be reduced or suspended during pandemic
Governments must step in says Chris Martin, Senior Research Fellow with the City Futures Research Centre at the University of NSW.
Writing for The Conversation, he says recent federal and state interventions are aimed to stop evictions but many households can't pay pre-crisis rents.
Read the full article here 
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