Q Shelter Housing Matters Newsletter
Friday, 4 September 2020
Message from the Executive Director
Community housing policy and homelessness service agreements
As you would be aware by now the Department of Housing and Public Works has published a communique indicating some changes to community housing policy and homelessness service agreements. Q Shelter has hosted two events with the Sector and Department to unpack what they mean and there will be further exploration through a structured event about how eligibility guidelines are to be applied. It is positive to see feedback on the substantial input from the sector during workshops last year to guide policy and program design. A significant change is the recognition that people’s need for housing cannot be defined by prescribed time frames but rather require a planned approach based on the needs of that household.  Q Shelter will be working with the sector and DHPW in the coming weeks to further unpack what the new provisions mean and how they will be applied.
COVID-19 Economic impacts and the role of social housing
The risk of further economic impacts driven by COVID-19 restrictions is real with further unemployment forecast. Q Shelter supports calls for stimulus funding for social housing. It is an opportunity in the midst of significant hardship and struggle. The convergence of interests between social housing growth and construction industry sustainability broadens the base of community support for the solutions to homelessness.
Building community support for social housing
Any plans for growth need to be underpinned by focussed efforts to support community understanding of social housing and why it is important. We need to embed approaches to building community support in all our efforts to grow supply. Q Shelter knows that the funded housing and homelessness sector is very active in building support around their work including through philanthropy and participation of volunteers, leaders and boards of management.  There is still work to do to support communities to understand our role and to provide meaningful engagement about how social housing and homelessness infrastructure can be integrated into communities with success.  To this end, Q Shelter is offering training on building community support for social housing to the sector and encourage you to think about attending. The training is relevant to all services who are engaged with homeless people and social housing tenants.
Fiona Caniglia
In this Edition of Housing Matters:
  1. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement
  2. Sector News and Updates
  3. Service Integration Initiative Update
  4. National Shelter Update
Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
Save the Date: Q Shelter CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Q Shelter will be hosting the next CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum on Thursday, 12 November 2020.
This will be a digital only event, and will be followed by Q Shelter's Annual General Meeting.
Q Shelter invites the sector to provide input into the development of this Forum. If you have suggestions on topics, please contact Emma Greenhalgh on (07) 3831 5900 or via email.
You can register for the CEO Forum and AGM at this link here
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 25 September 2020 / 2.30pm - 3.15pm
This monthly event is a discussion and learning exchange for community housing providers who are working on growth projects.
It is intended to be an opportunity to exchange learning and also identify challenges and barriers with the view to finding solutions.
This session will provide an opportunity to discuss key elements from recent updates to Queensland's community housing policy.
Find out more information about this event
Q Shelter Monthly Learning Exchange
Tuesday, 6 October 2020 / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Join us for a monthly teleconference for housing, homelessness and support services to raise challenges, exchange ideas and learn about resources.
Find out more about this exchange here
Learn about the housing and homelessness sector (Sector Induction)
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 or 17 February 2021 / 2.00pm - 5.00pm
This session is intended for people who are new to the sector and who need an overview of how the housing and homelessness system works.
The sessions will cover the specialist homelessness system, social housing system, private housing system assistance and will also include an orientation to trauma informed practice.
Click here for more information
Understanding the Queensland planning system and building community support for affordable housing
Friday, 18 September 2020 / 9.30am - 11.30am
Join us for the next session in our webinar series to discuss policy development and advocacy for better housing outcomes.
Click here for more information
Q Shelter Governance Training for Boards and Tenants
Basic Governance Training will be held on Wednesday, 20 September 2020.
Full Governance Training will be held on Wednesday, 17 February 2021.
Q Shelter is providing a unique opportunity to help build the capacity of Directors, executive teams, staff and tenant advisory groups so they can:
  • Foster an understanding of governance within their organisations;
  • Have access to training options to suit each organisations needs; and
  • Be aware of their obligations and responsibilities when fulfilling their governance roles.
Click here to find out more about this exciting training opportunity
Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 24 September 2020 / 10.30am - 12.00pm
Asset management is a vital part of community housing provision.
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 a forum to also share practices, tools and resources.Further information including an agenda will be forwarded to participants prior to the meeting.
Click here for more information
Trauma Informed Practice - Micro Training Sessions
Housing and homelessness services are increasingly adapting trauma informed responses that understand the impact of trauma on a person.
The online training will provide an opportunity to engage with online training videos, with presentations from experts Penny Gordon and Tere Vaka, access to accompanying written resources, and a facilitated discussion tailored to the housing and homelessness sector.
Session One: Understanding Trauma
Friday, 16 October 2020 / 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Defining trauma
  • Understanding the different types of trauma
  • The impact of trauma
  • Approaches that support recovery
Session Two: Trauma Informed Practice
Friday, 23 October 2020 / 10.00am - 11.30am
  • Origins of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP)
  • TIP Model
  • TIP implications for practice
  • Implementing TIP within your own team or organisation
Click here for more information
Q Shelter Webinar Series: Housing, Homelessness and the NDIS - Coordinated Case Management
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 / 10.00am - 11.30am
This panel discussion will explore:
  • How to set up case management which coordinates a range of supports.
  • What resources are out there that can help?
  • How case management works best and what helps it do so.
Click here for more information
Missed earlier sessions of this Webinar Series? Catch up on 'When Supports Breaks Down' here!
Sector News and Updates
Community Housing Policy and Homelessness Service Agreements
The Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) issued a communique on improving homelessness service agreements and changes to community housing policy.
This information relates to the substantial program of engagement about Partnering for Growth and Partnering for Impact that is ongoing. Click below to download:
You can also click here to access a list of updated and current policies and guidelines for community housing providers.
News: Coronavirus recession risks homelessness on a 'scale unseen' before
The Sydney Morning Herald reports: "Homelessness in Australia had spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic and might reach unprecedented levels in a deep recession, according to community groups calling for a multibillion-dollar social housing building program that would also stimulate the economy."
Read more here
News: Fix housing affordability first
The Australian reports: "Turning housing into an asset class that could provide institutional investors with a competitive return would not only be a watershed for housing affordability, it is an opportunity to assist our economy to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown."
Read more here
News: Building more social housing
ABC News discussion: "There are enough people looking for housing in Queensland right now to fill the Gabba. About 47,000 people have applied to the state’s housing register so will the government build more social housing or could private property development companies do more to home those in need?"
Click here to listen to the discussion
Research: The uneven distribution of housing supply 2006–2016   
This AHURI report found around 1.5 million new homes have been built in 10 years in Australia, but housing is becoming less diverse and growth is uneven across states and territories.
Read more here
Event: DGR Status: the legal basics for not-for-profits
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Deductible gift recipient (DGR) status is highly sought after, as it can help not-for-profits access more donations and grants.
This online webinar covers:
  • What is DGR status?
  • Overview of DGR reforms
  • How to apply for DGR status
  • Once your not-for-profit gets DGR status, how to keep it
  • Top tips and further resources
Find out more about this webinar here
Event: Save the Date - AHURI National Homelessness Conference
Tuesday, 1 December - Wednesday, 2 December 2020
AHURI is developing a conference program that will examine the impacts on our sector from the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic as well as the catastrophic climate disasters of last summer.
The program will also cover the major challenges and opportunities in homelessness policy and practice that were in play before, and will continue to be important after the pandemic.
Registrations will open in the next fortnight.
Campaign Update: United call from national housing and homelessness leaders to Federal Government to invest in social housing in pre-Budget Submission
A coalition of national housing and homelessness peak bodies have released their pre-Budget Submissions to the Federal Government with one united call – invest in social housing as economic stimulus. The Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) underpins all three budget submissions from Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), National Shelter, and Homelessness Australia.
Read the full media release here
Campaign Update: Make Renting Fair in Queensland (MRFQ) - Eviction Moratorium
Queensland’s moratorium on evictions is due to end on 30 September 2020. Designed to protect those Queenslanders who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19, MRFQ doesn't believe now is the appropriate time to end the moratorium.
MRFQ is urging all of their supporters to urge the Queensland State Government to continue the moratorium until 31 December 2020.
You can use their online template to send an email. For extra impact, add details of your personal experience and why you believe the extension is needed.
You can also click here to keep up to date with the latest from MRFQ.
Service Integration Initiative
Regional care coordinators are providing place-based support to existing care coordination and networking groups in priority locations across Queensland.
In recent weeks, many groups have engaged in sector consultation on how care coordination could work best in their regions. Several groups have also used this engagement to develop regional action plans. These discussions are establishing frameworks that define key mechanisms of care coordination in their regions, as well as ensuring groups can work across regions to meet the needs of clients.
You can visit The Deck to find out more about what is happening in your region and to join your local care coordination group.
National Shelter Update
New Summit Group
Recently, National Shelter convened a meeting of housing and allied peak bodies to explore the re-establishment of a National Affordable Housing Summit Group.  The new group’s membership includes National Shelter, Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Housing Industry Association (HIA), Property Council, Industry Super and Homelessness Australia. The Master Builders Association has also expressed interest in membership.
National Shelter are hopeful the new summit group will become as influential as the original in promoting the cause of social and affordable housing as a united voice for business, unions and community on this issue.
National Shelter has submitted their budget submission, which includes calls for investment in new social housing via SHARP.
Visit National Shelter's website to find out more about their work and sign up to their mailing list.
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