Q Shelter Housing Matters Newsletter
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Message from the Executive Director
Economic stimulus through housing
Q Shelter recently hosted a seminar and discussion involving economist Saul Eslake and Professor Hal Pawson exploring the role that social and affordable housing can play in economic stimulus. As we continue to experience the broader social impacts of COVID-19 it has never been more important to invest in housing solutions which will in turn support the economy and keep people in jobs. It is a win-win. Q Shelter has worked with National Shelter and CHIA National to document the SHARP proposal for Federal Government investment in stimulus through social and affordable housing. You can read more about SHARP here. Presentations from Hal Pawson and Saul Eslake are available here
COVID-19 Recovery
Q Shelter has hosted weekly COVID-19 Learning Exchange teleconferences involving 165 participants from more than 90 agencies. These sessions facilitated information sharing and troubleshooting as we all tried to respond to a situation that was new and always changing. We have pulled together the themes and future directions from these meetings to guide engagement with Government as we move forward. The focus now needs to be on how to sustain the positive changes, reflect and revitalise service delivery models and leverage opportunities in a way that helps to sustain people in housing solutions. 
The voice of tenants and service users
As part of the COVID-19 Learning Exchange, Maggie Shambrook from Q Shelter reached out to tenants and service users about their experiences. Issues raised included concerns about mental health and the impacts of isolation. Reduced direct contact with people and services were identified as were the implications of not having access to the internet, phones, data and credit. 
People were aware of family conflict and exposure to domestic and family violence and an example was given where one household was accommodating another with nowhere to go. It was highlighted that there is greater intensity in living situations during isolation because you stay at home more. 
The need for enduring tenant and service user engagement mechanisms in regions and at a state-wide level was definitely affirmed and to this end Q Shelter’s 2020-2021 calendar will include tenant and peer leader training opportunities to strengthen and support people as they engage with government, the sector and community.
Community support for social housing
I was witness to a situation in my street where residents automatically assumed that an emerging issue was caused by the residents in nearby social housing. At almost the same time, I was driving away from Q Shelter headquarters when I saw two social housing tenants who are our neighbours walking along the street.  One was experiencing severe illness and the other had hooked arms with him to walk him to his door.
It is a portrait of humanity I won’t easily forget as I put my mind to how I can usefully respond to my own neighbours in ways that build relationships through an appreciation for diversity. I am reminded that we need to be working to build community support for social housing at all times and not just when negativity emerges.  
Q Shelter will be offering training and resources to support agencies to actively build community support, which we know is important in many places where growth projects are planned and unfolding.
Fiona Caniglia
Q Shelter Update
Building the Recovery: investment in social housing will create thousands of jobs and improve social outcomes
New modelling released today by the Community Housing Industry Association and National Shelter demonstrates how investing in a four-year social house building program of 30,000 homes will create on average up to 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs each year.
Q Shelter was proud to help fund this modelling, which highlights the economic benefits of a Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP). Upon completion of the program, community housing organisations would also be able to leverage against the newly constructed dwellings to raise private finance to invest in up to 5,000 additional housing units.
This modelling also shows that SHARP would deliver a $3bn economic boost for Queensland and create up to 3,000 full-time jobs across the state.
You can read the media release here.
You can also read and share the full report here.
Save the Date! CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Please join us at the July CEO and Senior Leader’s Network Forum. The forum will provide an opportunity for the sector to review responses to COVID-19, as well as opportunities for the sector to move forward during recovery and stimulus.
• 2.00pm – 4:30pm
• Thursday, 30 July 2020
As COVID-19 restrictions are easing, we will provide options for both face-to-face and virtual participation.
The program is currently being finalised, but will include updates from Q Shelter, DHPW, and an expert sector panel.
More information to be provided next week!
Q Shelter Submission - Inquiry into Homelessness
Q Shelter is convening sector engagement on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs’ inquiry into homelessness.
Please join us to put forward the Queensland perspective through the Q Shelter submission. 
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday, 4 June 2020
Via Zoom 
Please contact Emma Greenhalgh for further information and meeting details.
Upcoming Q Shelter Events
Asset Managers Network
This network provides an opportunity for asset managers to share information and best practice, as well as inform government policy and regulatory changes.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 30 July 2020.
Register here
COVID-19 Learning Exchanges
The Queensland COVID-19 Learning Exchange is held at 4.00pm every second Tuesday and you can register here.
Q Shelter is also hosting a COVID-19 teleconference at 3.00pm every Tuesday for social and community housing tenants, persons with lived experience of being homeless or housing related insecurity. Click here to share the event and to register.
Bid Management and Tendering
Q Shelter has an exciting opportunity to offer training in bid management and tendering, in partnership with Bid Management International.
This training is being held on Friday 10 July and you can click here for more information
Access to housing without income and without residency status
The lack of housing options for people without income, working rights, or residency is a persistent and growing concern. As an organisation working with impacted populations, we would very much value your input into a conversation on this issue to help drive solutions.
Click here to find more information
Housing Older Women
You're invited to continue or join in this ongoing meeting of persons interested in the issue of older women & access to affordable, amenable, secure and sustainable housing, in fact, their ‘home’.
Click here to find out more information about this movement
Sector News and Updates
National Shelter Update
National Shelter has participated in several meetings to help guide the formation of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association (NATSIHA). NATSIHA will be open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with housing as a principle mission and service, and will also encourage associate members who may not be housing providers but who are concerned with the provision of housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
You can catch up on National Shelter news and media releases on their website here.
Commonwealth funding boost to address domestic and family violence during COVID-19
Queensland has received a first payment of $5 million under a National Partnership on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Response.
This funding includes $2.7m for DFV workers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services across the state and $824,000 to further enhance crisis and post-crisis accommodation and support.
Read more about this funding here
Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness Forum
Topic: Homelessness can be Rare, Brief and Non-recurring: Reaching Zero.
Join the Brisbane Alliance to End Homelessness (BAEH) and contribute to a Housing First Roadmap to end homelessness in Brisbane post COVID-19.
  • 1.00pm onwards
  • Thursday 11 June 2020
Speakers include Karyn Walsh and Natalie Garth (Micah Projects), Jody Currie, (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane), Professor Paul Flatau, (University of WA), Associate Professor Cameron Parsell, (University of Queensland), Stephen Grace, (LawRight), and David Pearson (Australian Alliance to End Homelessness).
Register for this Forum here
AHURI announces eight COVID-19 research projects to inform housing policy response to pandemic
The research, which will be fast tracked to deliver findings in the second half of 2020 examines topics across the housing continuum including:
  • After the pandemic, can building homes rebuild Australia?
  • Supporting Australia’s housing system: modelling pandemic policy responses
  • Policy coordination and housing outcomes during COVID-19
You can click here to view the full research agenda 
Updates from The Deck
Research: Improving outcomes for apartment residents and neighbourhoods
This research investigates the experiences of lower-income apartment residents in relation to planning and infrastructure provision; urban design; building design and management; neighbourhood amenities and facilities; and ongoing place management and community engagement so as to improve wellbeing, community and housing affordability outcomes.
Read more here  
News: Can Australia build its way out of the coronavirus economic slump, with public housing the priority?
With Australia's remarkable success to date in limiting the health crisis caused by COVID-19, attention is turning to what a recovery from economic impact of the virus might look like. One strong push is for a significant investment in social housing to help stimulate the economy.
Read more here
Service Integration Initiative
Meet the Service Integration Team!
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.
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Social housing crunch means life in limbo for those on waiting lists
Read more 
The Guardian
Home-buyer grants help developers, but money for social housing is real construction stimulus
Read more
Funding for social housing 'absolutely essential': Albanese
Read more
Affordable housing at risk as NRAS incentives get cut amid coronavirus crisis
Read more
ABC News
Organisations fear humanitarian crisis unfolding due to lack of federal support for people seeking asylum
Read more 
Queensland travellers relieved to find a haven at Moura during coronavirus crisis
Read more
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