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Q Shelter Housing Matters Newsletter
Homelessness Week Edition
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Message from the Executive Director
Growth in supply integrated with support: key messages from leaders
Last week Q Shelter hosted the CEO and Senior Leaders’ Forum along with the regional representatives meeting. We appreciate the participants’ flexibility and engagement through virtual technology.
A number of important key issues were raised about the sustainability of responses to homelessness throughout COVID-19. Our collective efforts to achieve housing growth and increased support for vulnerable households has never been more important. The CEOs and Leaders were briefed on progress across Partnering for Growth and Partnering for Impact by the Minister and also by Deputy Director General Trish Woolley. Q Shelter appreciates the time and effort by a rich and diverse panel led by keynote speaker Tim Williams from ARUP. The vital role that housing can play in recovery is clear. The convergence between building more social and affordable housing, the health of the construction industry and the flow-on effects for the economy are proven. We now need to work together across Government, community and private sectors to enhance investment in social and affordable housing while also ensuring that vulnerable people have adequate access to support when needed.
We all need a clear line of sight to ensure that the amazing achievements of the COVID-19 Rapid Response are sustained and that people don’t return to homelessness. This will require investment and sustained partnerships across sectors to achieve.
Homelessness Heat Maps
Homelessness Australia and the Everybody's Home campaign have released Homelessness Heat Maps which show the extent of unmet need for social housing as well as the number of people who are homeless by geographical region across Australia. I encourage you to share the maps with your networks and use them in your engagement with community leaders and decision makers.
Fiona Caniglia
Q Shelter Events and Updates
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Welcome to Q Shelter Live - our new annual program of events!
Q Shelter Live is an annual view of our engagement with Queensland's housing and homelessness sector! You can check in here to see our range of exciting events based on learning, engagement and celebration.
This program has been informed by our members, regional networks, and workplan with the Queensland State Government.
Have feedback on events you want in your region?
Get in touch with Q Shelter's Sector Capacity team via email or call (07) 3831   5900.
Click here to check out Q Shelter Live!
 
Asset management Learning Exchange
This Learning Exchange focusses on the day to day challenges, providing opportunities to access collegial support as well as hear from guest speakers and structured sessions. It is also a forum to also share practices, tools and resources.
This first forum is Thursday 6 August - click here to find out more
Understanding the Queensland planning system and building support for affordable housing
This course will provide overview of planning and the Queensland planning system for those in the community and affordable housing and homelessness services sector, and those with an interest in the increase of affordable housing supply.
The first session is this Friday 7 August - click here to find out more information
Q Shelter Learning Exchanges
The future of work for our sector: synthesising flexibility, quality and performance post COVID-19
These monthly Learning Exchanges grapple with the future of work for housing and homelessness services.
This week we were joined by Donna Eiby Director of The Future Work Skills Academy and Christie Rall, the Director of People & Organisation at PwC Australia. A recording will be made available to all registrants.
Click here to register for future Learning Exchanges
Housing, Homelessness and the NDIS
In continuing our series Housing, Homelessness and the NDIS for 2020, these next two webinars in the series will focus on the themes of complex issues and crisis and, care coordination
When supports break down
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Coordinated case management
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Click here to find out more information about these events
That's a wrap! CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Thanks to those who joined us for this year's socially distanced CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum!
Over 120 people participated in this forum, which prompted thought provoking ideas on how housing could be used as a stimulus in a post-COVID economy. We also thank the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP Minister for Housing and Public Works for sharing an update on the Queensland State Government's work in the housing and homelessness space in response to COVID-19 as well as Partnering for Growth.
You can also find Q Shelter's media release on this event here.
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A recording of presentations and powerpoint slides will be made available next week.
It was also terrific to work with Regional Represenatives last week.  These represenatives were joined by the Service Integration team in Brisbane, and together, they brought forward priority issues and opportunities across Queensland and were able to engage with key stakeholders from the Department of Housing and Public Works.
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Video discussion on priority issues across Queensland
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In 2016, one of Q Shelter’s founders and sole life members, Deirdre Coghlan, sadly passed away.
In honour of her memory, Q Shelter established a Bursary to help those in the housing and homelessness sector to gain access to Professional Development they otherwise might miss out on.
Q Shelter Members are invited to nominate themselves or a colleague for this bursary, with applications closing on Friday 2 October.
Click here to find out more information about this Bursary
Not a Member? Click here to find out more information about the benefits of Q Shelter Membership!
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Domestic and Family Violence resources
Q Shelter aims to equip providers of housing and homelessness services, as well as the private real estate sector, with the tools and resources necessary to better recognise and respond to domestic and family violence (DFV).
Q Shelter has consolidated its toolkits, micro-learning videos, and other DFV resources on its website.
Click here to view these resources
Homelessness Week 2020
To launch Homelessness Week 2020, Homelessness Australia and Everybody’s Home have released interactive heatmaps that show how wide-spread homelessness is and how drastically Australia needs more social housing.
The data shows that regional parts of Queensland, such as Far North Queensland, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and Sunshine Coast are among Australia’s worst affected areas for homelessness and social housing need – even before job losses as a result of COVID-19. 
Areas such as Cairns, Townsville the Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland have been particularly impacted by job losses with the collapse of tourism during the pandemic.
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Click the image above to view Queensland rates of homelessness and social housing need
Social Housing Pledge
As part of Homelessness Week 2020, Everybody’s Home has launched a pledge to build social housing to create jobs and help end homelessness.
Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP)
The SHARP outlines how investment in social housing will not only help eradicate homelessness but also provide a huge, and much-needed, economic boost.
Full details of the SHARP can be found here.
Email the Treasurer
The Everybody's Home campaign is calling on the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to include social housing investment in the October Budget. You can email the Treasurer to call for this investment by clicking here.
Everybody's Home Homelessness Week Resources
You can find shareable images and links for Homelessness Week on the Everybody's Home website below.
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And, if you are talking about the issue this week, don’t forget to use #HW2020 #EverybodysHome and #BuildSocialHousing!
Sector News and Events
DHPW Communique to the housing and homelessness sector - COVID-19
On 29 July 2020, Queensland Health advised of new cases of COVID-19 identified in the Logan area and that contact tracing is underway. In response to these new cases, the Department of Housing and Public Works is taking a proactive approach to communicating with key stakeholders including our funded providers.
As our partners, your ongoing work during this critical time is making a real difference to Queenslanders. Please continue to stay in touch with your local contract officer, as your main contact during this time. The department will continue to provide email updates on how we are responding to COVID-19.
Read the communique along with other COVID-19 resources on The Deck.
AHURI Webinar: Connecting affordable housing and jobs in Australian cities
This free webinar will present the findings from a new AHURI research project — Strategic planning, ‘city deals’ and affordable housing — led by Dr Madeleine Pill, University of Sheffield, UK (formerly University of Sydney) and Professor Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney. Following the research presentation, the report authors will participate in a discussion with AHURI’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham and take questions from the audience.
Register here!
Homelessness is Hairy Fund Raising for the Haven
Program Manager at YellowBridge QLD, Stuart Moar, has grown his hair and beard for an entire year to raise money for the Haven, which supports young people experiencing homelessness.
He's reached his target of $1500 but is keen to blow it right out of the water for this final week of the fundraiser!  If you would like to follow the Facebook page you can click here.  Or to make a donation you can go straight to the GoFundMe page here
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In The News
ABC News: Community plan launched to address Toowoomba's 'shameful' homelessness problem
It has taken 12 months of dedication and hard work, and this week local community leaders have delivered a local plan to address Toowoomba's hidden youth homelessness problem.
Read more here
The New Daily: Rich or poor, it doesn’t matter: The electorates where people are left homeless
Research released on Monday suggests there is a shortfall in safe and uncrowded housing in every single federal electorate, with about 69,000 more properties needed to put a roof over the heads of people without a home.
Read more here
ABC News: How a teenager became homeless and a carer before he was old enough to vote
Mr Snow said one of the most difficult aspects of his life as a young adult was always trying to secure rental references without any real support.
"Living from pay to pay, just being on social benefits, can be quite hard," he said.
Read more here
Domain News: Homeless young Aussies: One in six teenagers have been homeless new survey reveals
One in six Australians aged between 15 and 19 have reported being homeless at least once in their short lifetimes, a new survey has revealed, with one in five experiencing homelessness before the age of 12.
The grim findings on teenagers and their housing and health comes from Mission Australia’s  Staying home: A Youth Survey report.
Read more here
The Conversation: 400,000 women over 45 are at risk of homelessness in Australia
Older women have been recognised as the fastest-growing group of homeless people in Australia in recent years. Yet until now we have not known exactly how many older women are at risk of homelessness. Our research, released today, finds about 240,000 women aged 55 or older and another 165,000 women aged 45-54 are at risk of homelessness.
Read more here
ABC Radio National: Goodwill and community spirit shine through amid pandemic
In Melbourne, a group of volunteers is working around the clock to help their fellow Melburnians put food on the table, one box of fruit and veggies at a time.
Listen here
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National Shelter Update
Make Renting Fair
National Shelter invites you to join them in their investigation into private rental tenancies. They have a few quick and easy questions for to answer so they can understand how tenancies end, bonds, rental bidding, the effects of the pandemic and more!
Homelessness Inquiry
National Shelter provided evidence to the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs inquiry into homelessness  about the need for a National Housing Strategy to tackle our housing issues and how we also have an opportunity to end rough sleeping in Australia by providing more permanent housing in the short term through head-leasing programs and over the longer term by building social and affordable housing.
If you would like to read transcripts of evidence they can be found here.
National Shelter’s submission to the Inquiry can be found here.
Further news and updates by National Shelter can be found on their website here.
Their latest e-newsletter can be accessed here.
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!
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