June Housing Matters
In this edition of Housing Matters:
  1. Matters of the month
  2. Peer Leadership training
  3. Q Shelter Live events
  4. Meet a member
  5. Sector news and updates
  6. Shelter network
 Matters of the month
From Q Shelter's Managing Director, Fiona Caniglia
The State budget and Housing Action Plan
Q Shelter is focussed on the soon-to-be announced Queensland State Budget. We have consistently advocated for enhanced funding for social and affordable housing and for expanded support options that help people sustain their tenancies.
We have also consistently advocated for wider housing system reforms, including targets for social and affordable housing and housing supply more generally. This includes vital reforms in the Queensland planning system to enable the development of affordable housing. Q Shelter will analyse the budget and communicate with the sector so key changes impacting our work are clear. We have also proposed to Government future engagement activities to make sure the Budget and emerging actions are understood and that the sector sets the pace for implementation.
Q Shelter CEO and Leaders’ Forum: briefing on the State Budget and Housing Action Plan
Q Shelter will welcome the Department of Communities, Housing and the Digital Economy to the CEO and Senior Leaders’ Forum where participants will be briefed on the Queensland State Budget and actions emerging from the Queensland Housing Strategy.
The session will focus on fielding questions from the sector about the implications of the budget for growth, support services and service integration. We will seek to understand implications from portfolio areas such as planning, state development, child safety, justice, health, mental health and corrections.
Q Shelter will be working with other peaks to achieve some practical resolutions by the end of the session relating to implementation. We will close the session with some agreements about critical actions and time frames. You can register for the Q Shelter CEO and Leaders’ Forum at this link.
PowerHousing and Core Logic release report on affordable housing in Australia
I encourage you to read this report which makes a strong case for both Government funding for social and affordable housing and a primary role for community housing providers. This report warns of a reducing pipeline of new housing supply impacting housing affordability and jobs. It highlights the importance of housing supply for economic stimulus as we face the emerging implications of COVID-19, including the withdrawal of JobKeeper. It also shows how social housing can be a ‘shock absorber’ by responding to fundamental housing needs while also supporting jobs in construction and trades.
Workforce Development and Planning: the Housing and Homelessness Peaks are working together
I had a great meeting with Neil Willmett (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland), Peta Winzar (CHIA Qld) and Jon Eastgate (Australasian Housing Institute) to discuss working collaboratively on workforce development solutions for the housing and homelessness sector. CSIA is also helping Q Shelter work on improving access and affordability of the Certificate IV in Housing.
We will be putting our shoulder to the wheel with the other peaks to advance workforce development opportunities that provide much needed training to the sector while also coordinating and synergising our efforts. In the interim I encourage you all to keep in touch with Q Shelter Live to see what events we have coming up.
Peer Leadership training
Q Shelter and Neighbourly are presenting a series of ten training workshops on leadership, participation and change. People with lived experience of homelessness, housing need, and social housing will have the opportunity to use their experience and knowledge as a basis to learn new skills.
Topics include storytelling, leadership development, supporting groups and providing valued input to policy and service delivery. Learn more.
Where? New Farm Neighbourhood Centre. 967 Brunswick St, New Farm
When? Fortnightly. Thursdays at 1.30pm to 4pm.
How do I register? Online, or by calling or emailing Q Shelter on 3831 5900 or
Session 1 - Telling your story: an introduction
Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 1:30pm to 4pm
Stories help people understand how homelessness and housing stress affects people. Stories can help people understand and be more supportive of the solutions.
This session will help participants understand how to prepare your story and how to tell it in a way that helps other people understand. The session will cover how to do that in ways that support you and strengthen you as a community leader working for change.
Session 2 - Telling your story: practice makes perfect
Thursday 29 July 2021 - 1:30pm to 4pm
This session will focus on supporting each other to practice some storytelling skills. It will be a fun and practical session which builds confidence and a sense of direction about what to say, when to say it and how.
Upcoming events
Sector Peaks Networking—beyond small talk. In a sector where we know that we need one another’s advice, support, and expertise to make a lasting difference, it can still be difficult to find the time to make that happen.  Join your colleagues at the inaugural Housing and Homelessness Sector Peaks Partnership networking event and develop connections that make us better—together. 
Monday 21 June, 2021 5:00pm – 6:30pm Balcony Bar (Level 1)
Port Office Hotel
40 Edward Street Brisbane City Tickets: $25 pp (ex GST) 
Arrival drink and canapés included. Register here
Q Shelter invites you to join fellow leaders from Queensland’s housing and homelessness sector at the CEO and Senior Leaders Forum. This is an opportunity to come together after the handing down of the QLD State Budget and discuss its implications for our work together and to hear updates from the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing & Digital Economy   
Tuesday 22 June 2021, 2pm – 5pm
Avro Bristol Room
Royal on the Park 
152 Alice Street Brisbane City   
Register here
Residential Tenancies Training Module 2: Tenancy Troubleshooting
17 June 2021, 9.00am - 12.00pm, online, learn more or register here
Housing Older Women Working Group Strategy
22 June 2021, 2.00pm to 3.30pm, online, learn more or register here
Asset Managers Network Series
24 June 2021, 10.30am to 12.00pm, online, learn more or register here
Asset Managers Tool Training
Training to use the property condition report spreadsheet
25 June 2021, 9.00am to 11.00am, online, learn more or register here
Partnering for Growth - Feeling the Pulse
25 June 2021, 2.30pm to 3.15pm, online, learn more or register here
Q Shelter Learning Exchange
06 July 2021, 4.00pm to 5.00pm, online, learn more or register here
Housing Older Women Working Group Solutions
13 July 2021, 2.00pm to 3.30pm, online, learn more or register here
Homeless Expo Mackay and Homeless Connect
Q Shelter joined the Mackay Homeless Expo  on 2 June and Homeless Connect in Brisbane on 20 May.
"Part of my day was spent having deep, long conversations with people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. By the end of each conversation I understood what their most pressing need was and I was able to walk them over to someone who could help.
It reminded me that what we do--everything we do, is about relationships. We rise or fall on how we listen, respond, and care for one another." Jodie Cowie, Q Shelter
Meet a member
Steve Bevington, Managing Director, Community Housing Ltd
CHL have had a huge month. A few highlights include:
  • Gold Coast Youth Foyer: CHL have parntered with the Queensland Government to deliver 40 self-contained apartments, communal spaces and offices with 24-hour on-site supervision and support for the young tenants aged between 16 and 25 who are at risk of homelessness. Construction is almost complete!
  • CHL has launched a first-of-its-kind framework to measure the impact of safe, affordable, suitable, and quality housing on people’s lives. Developed over a two-year period with broad customer consultation, CHL’s Social Impact Framework aims to better understand the change that is experienced by customers and communities, where the organisation provides housing. Read more.
  • Aboriginal Community Housing Limited's new website has just gone live! ACHL was established in 2016 as a member of the Community Housing Ltd group of companies. They offer culturally appropriate, unique partnerships across tenancy, housing, and community services.
“We believe that having a stable home is fundamental to the physical and emotional wellbeing of individuals. 
The Youth Foyer opens the door to a brighter future, providing a strong foundation where our young people can live, learn and grow – not just providing safe, secure and affordable homes but nurturing them to be empowered and resilient as they transition to independence.” -- Steve.
Steve Bevington, Managing Director, Community Housing Limited
Leeanne Enoch, the Minister for Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, Leeanne Enoch, officially handed over the keys to a new Youth Foyer on the Gold Coast to Community Housing QLD Ltd and Gold Coast Youth Service.
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Sector news & updates
The Queensland Government has announced $8 million over the next 2 years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, as part of the Future Skills Fund.
The Jobs Fund will continue to build on the commitments under the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy to support the development of a sustainable and thriving social enterprise sector.
Under the Jobs Fund, $3 million in funding will be delivered over the next 2 years through business development grants for eligible organisations, starting with the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants (applications close 1 July 2021). Apply here.
GRANT: Gambling Community Benefit Fund
Round 110 is now open and will close midnight 30 June 2021. The objective of the fund is to allocate funding to not-for-profit community groups to help them provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. Learn more.
GRANT: Bank of Sydney Grant for Good
Up to $20,000 community grants to provide help to projects, organisations and initiatives that promote social inclusion activities, health and wellbeing, sports and other fields that benefit our communities. Apllications close 20 July. Apply here.
GRANT: Australian Government - Indigenous Languages & Arts Grants
The overarching outcome of the Australian Government's ILA Program is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities.
The ILA program supports community-led organisations with grant funding administered through an annual open competitive grant opportunity and a targeted competitive grant opportunity which is by invitation only.
Applications close 21 June. Learn more.
NEWS: Fears a wave of evictions will see a spike in homelessness as property boom rolls on (ABC News)
Renters are increasingly finding themselves facing eviction, and in a mad search for somewhere to live, researchers say. The latest check on the property market shows the boom's rolling on and, for the first since the pandemic struck, apartment prices are now rising after a long lull. It's pushing rental prices up higher than many can afford, but landlords are also selling-up, and evicting tenants in an effort to get top-dollar for their properties. While some will be able to find another place to rent, there are big fears a wave of renters are now facing homelessness. Watch the full story here.
SAVE THE DATE: Homelessness Week 2021: 1-7 August
Q Shelter will be hosting an art exhibition at The Lady Bowen Precinct from 6-7 August. More details will be released soon!
Consider the ways you can support people experiencing homeless or housing stress during this week of national attention.
Shelter network
NATIONAL SHELTER: 2021-2022 Budget Analysis
The 21/22 Budget was presented as “the COVID Budget” with some extraordinary measures pitched as addressing growth, jobs, infrastructure and women. It continues or extends a range of measures from previous budgets (tax cuts, programs like Home Deposit Schemes) and does provide some additional funding into housing. However, from our perspective this will tend to pump inflationary pressure without addressing our underlying supply issues. Read the entire analysis here.
NT Shelter's Managing Director, Peter McMillan, spoke with Jo Laverty live on ABC Darwin on 25 May about the rental situation in Darwin where the vacancy rate has fallen to 0.5%. With such low vacancy rates, on top of the shortfall of social and affordable housing in the Territory, rents have skyrocketed and many families are reporting extreme difficulty in finding a place they can afford to rent. NT Shelter members are currently supporting families to sleep in motels, caravan parks and even their cars. Listen to the full interview here.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA SHELTER: SA Shelter Releases Strategic Plan 2021-2024
SA Shelter has released their new strategic plan, which focuses on leading social housing innovations. Learn more.
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