Q Shelter Bulletin
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Q Shelter Update
Behind the scenes with seminar faciliator, Cathie Schnitzerling
That's a wrap! Economic recovery, community services and COVID: roles, challenges and opportunities online seminar.
Last week, Q Shelter brought sector leaders together for a stimulating online discussion  exploring the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Panellists Saul Eslake and Professor Hal Pawson discussed the role of social housing investment in providing stimulus and recovery to the Australian economy.
We thank all those who took the time to participate and ask questions of our panelists, as well as Cathie Schnitzerling for facilitating this discussion.
You can click here to visit The Deck and download the presentations.
Asset Managers Network Meeting
Q Shelter invites you to register your interest for the revised Asset Managers Network Meeting.
This network provides ongoing  opportunities for asset managers to share information and best practice, as well as inform government policy and regulatory changes.
Thursday 28 May 2020
10.30am - 11.30am
Register here for the next meeting - it will be held by teleconference with details emailed to participants once they have registered.
COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconferences
The Queensland COVID-19 Learning Exchange Teleconferences are held at 4.00pm every second Tuesday.  You can register for the next Statewide teleconference on the 2nd June 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. 
Peer to Peer COVID-19 Learning Exchange
Q Shelter is hosting a regular teleconference for social and community housing tenants, persons with lived experience of being homeless or housing related insecurity.
These sessions are an opportunity to share stories and insights or experiences with regard to COVID-19.
Click here to find out more information about this learning exchange.
Bid Management and Tendering for Housing and Homelessness
Learn the secrets to winning more tenders with completely contextualised sector based training from the people who started the bid management industry in Australia.
Friday 10 July 2020
9.00am - 4.00pm
Click here to find out more information about this opportunity
Housing Older Women – HOW Movement Meetings
You're invited to continue or join in these fortnightly & ongoing meeting of persons interested in the issue of older women & access to affordable, amenable, secure & sustainable housing, in fact, their ‘home’.  
Women with lived experience of this vulnerability are leading the way in finding solutions that will work for themselves & others. This effort is supported by others with a broad range of experience, expertise, and access to resources.
Thursday 27 May 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Find out more and register for the next meeting - it will be held by teleconference with details emailed to participants once they have registered.
Service Integration Initiative
The Service Integration Initiative is building state-wide capacity for integrated, front-line responses to people with multiple needs who are, or at risk of homelessness.
Regional care coordinations are now providing place-based support to existing care coordination and networking groups in priority locations across Queensland, with a specific focus on enhancing person-centred care coordination for people with multiple needs that are, or at risk of homelessness.
Visit The Deck to find out more about joining your local care coordination groups!
This website is your one-stop-shop to find out what is happening in your region, how to register to be part of local care coordination groups, register for COVID-19 learning exchanges, and access local resources developed by the Service Integration Initiative team.
Sector News and Events
Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP)
National housing and homelessness leaders to call for an immediate employment-boosting investment to expand Australia’s social housing by 30,000 homes as the country experiences a wave of job losses due to COVID-19.
The Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) would involve:
  • Wave 1 – social housing maintenance and upgrading 
  • Wave 2 – acquisition of sites and properties requiring renovation / completion which are suitable for social housing 
  • Wave 3 – shovel ready development projects 
  • Wave 4 – longer term new development projects
SHARP calls for total government investment of $7.7 billion; $7.2 billion for new build/acquisition and $500 million for renovation of existing homes. 
For more information on SHARP click here.  
You can also access the media release for the project here.
National Shelter Update
National Shelter has been working closely with the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), Homelessness Australia, and national housing campaign Everybody’s Home on the Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) .
Further to this, National Shelter has met with ministerial staff from Housing Minister and Assistant Treasurer the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston and Assistant Minister for Community Housing Homelessness and Community Services the Hon. Luke Howarth MP weekly throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Their input has helped the establishment of the Evictions Moratorium, identified the need for additional resources to specialist homelessness services, the need to provide immediate housing to rough sleepers and others, requiring the ability to self-isolate.
You can read about the above and more in National Shelter's latest e-newsletter, and you can also  visit National Shelter's website here. 
YWCA Research - Women’s Housing Needs in Regional Australia
This research by YWCA found that one in eight women living on low to moderate incomes in regional Australia had been homeless in the past five years.
This report highlights the critical and timely need for significant investment in social and affordable housing. Women in regional areas desperately need homes to call their own.
You can click here to read the report in full.
Update from Council to Homeless Persons Queensland (CHPQ)
CHPQ has been working closely with the Department of Housing and Public Works to provide feedback about a redesigned medical form and support form.
You can find these updated forms below:
Medical Report and Support Statement
Job Opportunity - Property and tenancy officer (Brisbane)

Zillmere Family Accommodation Program provides short term supported accommodation to families who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. We are seeking a skilled worker experienced in the provision of tenancy and property management with the relevant skills to also deliver tenancy education.
Click here to find out more information about this role. 
The Fifth Estate
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