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Q Shelter Housing Matters Newsletter
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Message from the Executive Director
Recovery and stimulus
It is great to see the Queensland State Government’s investment in social housing supply with $100million supporting regional projects with a focus on local builders and trades. 
Q Shelter hosted an event last week with Mark Wall from DHPW to unpack the initiative and explore how the sector can best support growth in supply as we face the challenge of recovery from COVID-19. There were important and clear messages about CHPs accelerating discussions with the DHPW about growth projects and development plans with Partnering for Growth providing a framework. The conversation explored how different funding sources might be configured to Achieve tangible results.  Q Shelter CEO and Leaders’ Forum in late July has assembled a great panel with a focus on growth.  It will be an opportunity to explore how composite funding arrangements including opportunities such as the Housing Construction Jobs Program, NHFIC and SDA can play a part.  The CEO and Leaders’ Forum is well-subscribed already so please consider attending and add to the conversation about how we address barriers to growth and achieve great outcomes for people and a stronger sector.
 
COVID-19 Learning Exchange Report and future Q Shelter Learning Exchange meetings. Q Shelter has finalised a report  from the COVID-19 Learning Exchange series creating an opportunity for housing and homelessness services to raise questions and concerns and also share ideas and solutions.
Q Shelter will continue the Learning Exchange on a monthly basis  to provide a regular opportunity for housing and homelessness services to touch base with each other across the State, raise challenges and explore solutions.
Click here to register for future Q Shelter Learning Exchange. 
Click here to view the report. 
The report is intended to provoke discussion and further feedback and will be updated on a regular basis.
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Thanks to Uncle Joe Kirk and Sarah Kirk for our new mural
In the new financial year we will be working on a Reconciliation Action Plan for Q Shelter.
We will be working with Uncle Joe Kirk and with the help of Reconciliation Queensland. We have an important new art installation in the garden which is artwork by Uncle Joe and Sarah Kirk. 
Our mural tells an amazing story of Brisbane and Spring Hill during early settlement.  Thanks for Jessica Pragnell from Queensland Shelter for progressing this – it is already a valued part of our garden and a testament to our continuing partnership with Uncle Joe and Sarah.
Goodbye John
Over the last 10 days we have farewelled John who was our neighbour at 515 Wickham Terrace.  John cared for Q Shelter’s gardens and was someone who did a lot to connect tenants living here helping to build relationships and a sense of belonging.  The garden has never looked better and his passing and subsequent funeral has been a reminder of why participation and community connections are really important aspects to our work as a sector. His friend and neighbour Eddie has led us all in carefully celebrating his life and Eddie along with other tenants are tending the garden daily to make sure it remains a beautiful legacy. When you next visit take time to enjoy the garden and tell us what you like about it on Facebook.
 
Fiona Caniglia
Q Shelter Update
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Introducing Lee-Ann Dennis
Lee-Ann is Q Shelter's new Project Support Officer.
Lee-Ann has extensive project management experience and two years frontline service delivery experience in the disability sector with a focus on the NDIS and referral pathways across a diverse range of support services. She is passionate about sustainable housing solutions, reducing poverty and advocating for social change. Lee-Ann is currently studying a Double Degree in Human Services and Public Health.
You can find more about Lee-Ann and the Q Shelter team here
Q Shelter Submission - Inquiry into Homelessness
Q Shelter thanks members and partners who contributed to this submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs’ inquiry into homelessness.
Q Shelter suggested some key solutions and service system design elements informed by evidence, including:
  1. Development of a nationally coordinated strategy that addresses housing need and homelessness and coordinating all levels of government, not-for-profit, and private sectors; and
  2. That the service system is designed to deliver integrated assistance through a Tenancy Sustainment Framework.
You can click here to read and share Q Shelter's submission.
You can also contact Emma Greenhalgh for further information about this submission.
Updated Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) resources
Q Shelter has updated their Domestic & Family Violence: Strengthening the Real Estate Response toolkit in response to COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.
Earlier this year, the Queensland State Government introduced these Emergency Regulations to cover tenants and residents who have been impacted by DFV.
You can click here to access the updated toolkit on Q Shelter's website.
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More Information
  1. The Queensland State Government's Guide for Navigating Requirements and Protections for Residential Tenancies Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic is available here. 
  2. You can also click here to access a guide by the Residential Tenancies Authority on COVID-19 changes as they relate to DFV.
Remaining places for transformative Bid Management and Tendering for Housing and Homelessness workshop
Learn the secrets to winning more tenders with completely contextualised sector based training from the people who started the bid management industry in Australia. 
In person training is at Q Shelter HQ this Friday 10th July
Online Training starts on Monday 13th July, for one hour every 6 weeks
Click here to read more and book
Sector News and Updates
Brisbane Clemente Youth. A Taste of Uni: Empowered to Learn.
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) are offering an opportunity for young people who are facing challenges to have a taste of a short university humanities program to be in Brisbane this September.  This program is free with all resources, fees, and lunch paid for. 
Where can it lead? In February 2021 students will be enrolled as ACU students to study a Certificate of Liberal Arts (philosophy, literature, art etc) at no cost to them, with a learning partner to help them with their assignments and online requirements, and all costs picked up by ACU.  This can be a pathway into university or it can just be an opportunity to change how they see themselves.
ACU are hosting an information session on this program in Milton on Wednesday 8 July. For more information or expressions of interest, please call Janine Quine on (07) 3623 7768 or email here.
For more information on Clemente Australia, please visit their website
Request for survey input re: The impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic and Family Violence Services, Australia.
The Centre for Justice, QUT is conducting research into the impact of the COVID19 Pandemic on domestic and family violence throughout Australia. This project is being led by Professor Kerry Carrington, Research Professor, School of Justice, Faculty of Law and Professor Christine Morley, Professor of Social Work, School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
 
If you work in the housing, policing, counselling, law, social support, LGBTIQ+ community services, court support or specialist domestic and family violence service sectors, we would be extremely grateful if you could complete our ten minute survey. The participant information sheet and consent form is within the first page.   Click here to view the survey.  
Research: Service usage and service gaps during the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper analyses the level and distribution of service needs during the peak of COVID-19 in Australia. The greatest rate of unmet need was for issues related to domestic and family violence; drug and alcohol counselling; and day-to-day living support.
Read more here
News: Super funds to press for affordable housing subsidy
Industry super funds are set to endorse proposals for state and federal governments to release cheap land and offer tax incentives so that retirement funds can invest in affordable housing during the economic recovery.
Read more here
Media Release: NHFIC finalises largest social bond from an Australian Issuer
The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) has finalised the largest social bond – at $562 million – by an Australian issuer. The funds raised from the NHFIC bond will support ten community housing providers (CHPs) across NSW, SA, Tasmania and Victoria, financing 2,736 properties including 775 new dwellings.
Read more here 
AHURI Brief: Did falling house prices during the GFC lead to more home buyers?
With the potential for severely reduced employment income for Australian households combined with reduced migration levels due to COVID-19 it is very possible Australia will also experience the anomalous situation that occurred during the GFC of both reduced house prices and reduced home ownership rates, particularly for lower income households.
Read more here
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National Shelter Update
Ministerial Meetings
National Shelter's meetings with Ministerial Advisors have brought a new level of collaboration between housing and homelessness peaks over the COVID period. National Shelter also discussed the need for a new head leasing program supported by the Commonwealth to rehouse the thousands of rough sleepers in temporary accommodation and take a historic opportunity to permanently rehouse thousands of rough sleepers.
Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) Forum
National Shelter, CHIA and Homelessness Australia recently hosted a forum highlighting the modelling behind the SHARP proposal. A recording along with slides of the session can be found here.
You can also click here to find out more about SHARP.
You can find more National Shelter news and updates on their website 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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