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Q Shelter Bulletin
Friday, 4 December 2020
In this Bulletin:
  1. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement 
  2. Q Shelter Update
  3. Sector news and updates
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Q Shelter's annual program of events and engagement
Peer Leadership Group for people with lived experience of homelessness and/or being a social housing tenant
Thursday 10 December 2020 / 1.00pm – 4.00pm
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
Q Shelter is hosting a Peer Leadership session as an inclusive, person-centred event   for people with lived experiences of housing insecurity and   homelessness.
Attendees will learn more about, and develop new skills around Peer Leadership.
You can register for this session here.
A complimentary light lunch will be provided, therefore please specify any special dietary requests when registering. Please also specify any other supports you would like to request to facilitate your attendance. 
This session follows on from Q Shelter’s November Peer Leadership event, where participants provided insights into what Peer Leadership looks like to them. 
Suggested themes for further sessions include: 
  • providing a safe experience for peers to talk about supports they would like assistance to access
  • peer education
  • using trauma-informed practices
  • educating the wider community about housing security and homelessness
  • proactively advocating for positive change within the sector
Q Shelter Learning Exchange
Tuesday, 2 February 2021 / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Join us for a monthly teleconferencefor housing, homelessness and support services to raise challenges, exchange ideas and learn about resources.
Find out more about this exchange here
Twilight Event: Building community support for affordable housing and homelessness
Thursday, 4 February 2021 / 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Join us for the first Q Shelter event of the year where we will explore the ideas and challenges of delivering affordable housing and responding to homelessness in our communities, and the opportunities to build community support.

Let’s examine how we can work collectively to ensure that community concerns and perceptions are addressed and develop strategies to strengthen communities to deliver positive and enduring impact. 
Registration Types:
$25 for members and $30 for non-members.
Click here to register
Learn about the housing and homelessness sector (Sector Induction)
Wednesday, 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
Q Shelter Governance Training
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 / 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Q Shelter is providing an in-depth session covering the essential legal duties and  governance best practices for boards and committees of organisations. This programme is suitable for CEOs, directors, consultants and senior managers who seek to understand the role of the board in the context of theircommunity housing organisation or homelessness service.
  • $135 Q Shelter members
  • $150 non-members
Q Shelter offers this training free to people experiencing homelessness, and to people receiving a Centrelink payment. The training is also free to social housing tenants who are not sponsored by their community housing provider.
Click here to find out more about this exciting training opportunity
Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 25 February 2021 / 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
Tenancy Sustainment Training for property managers, tenant and support worker managers, tenant and support workers
Friday, 26 February 2021 / 9.00am - 12.00pm
Tenancy sustainment involves vital inputs from housing and support providers as well as robust service integration and other enablers such as brokerage and workforce development.
This training provides participants with frameworks, tools and skills supportive of tenancy sustainment. It is designed to deliberately bring together housing providers, specialist homelessness services, support providers and other resources to achieve sustainable solutions to housing need and homelessness.
It is intended for both government and non-government providers to help with building shared frameworks about what to achieve enduring outcomes in ending homelessness.
Click here to register for this event
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 26 February 2021 / 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.
Find out more information about this event
Q Shelter update
Queensland State Budget 2020-21
Q Shelter welcomed continued funding for social housing and support as part of this week's Queensland State Budget, but said further investment was needed to address the needs of those waiting for housing assistance.
The Housing and Homelessness 2020-21 budget is more than $1 billion, which includes:
  • $526 million as part of a capital program including the Housing Construction Jobs Program and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
  • $241 million to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing outcomes
  • $139 million to provide housing and support to vulnerable people, particularly those experiencing domestic and family violence, young people and First Nations people, mainly through investing in specialist homelessness services across Queensland.
The full media statement that includes seniors, disability, child protection and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships can be found here.
You can find the full budget papers here.
You can also find Q Shelter's Executive Director, Fiona Caniglia, quoted in the Brisbane Times here.
Facilitation Training for Care Coordinators
Q Shelter has been out on the road visiting Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, and Redlands to host a series of regional workshops, focused on the role of the care coordination facilitator. 
Hosted by Q Shelter's Service Integration Facilitator, Stephen Hawkins, the workshops are “training with a purpose”, and aim to support place-based organisations that are involved in and genuinely committed to the care coordination process.
These sessions will continue to roll out throughout December and January.
Click here to find out more about these workshops
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Sector news and updates
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Research: Rental Affordability Index
The latest release of the Rental Affordability Index (RAI) highlights that JobSeeker recipients are facing severe rental stress.
On the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore and Noosa are generally moderately unaffordable to unaffordable. Unaffordability has continued to spread inland from Noosa towards Pomona over the past 12 months. Parts of the Cairns and Toowoomba regions have shifted from acceptable to moderately unaffordable.
Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer, National Shelter, said: “Despite JobSeeker being a welcome boost to many low-income renters, it was not enough to lift them out of rental stress. This shows the depth of our rental affordability problem, where even with additional support, there is not one place in Australia where a JobSeeker recipient can rent affordably.”
The RAI is an indicator of the price of rents relative to household incomes based on new rental agreements, produced annually by National Shelter, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, SGS Economics & Planning and the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence.
Research: Ending homelessness in Australia: A redesigned homelessness service system  (AHURI)
The Inquiry into an effective homelessness service system addressed the overall research question ‘How can the homelessness service system be redesigned and implemented to be effective for different groups across the life course?’. This research develops strategies to redesign the homelessness service system in Australia that could virtually end homelessness. 
Read more here
News: How do you transition thousands of homeless people out of coronavirus hotel accommodation? (ABC News)
"Two thousand people with a history of chronic rough sleeping, with a permanent housing outcome, with intensive support to reclaim control over their lives to live a dignified and productive life is an amazing outcome during this pandemic"
Read more here
News: Eliminating most homelessness is achievable. It starts with prevention and ‘housing first’ (The Conversation)
We cannot stress enough how much an adequate planned supply of long-term affordable and social housing that is appropriate, secure and safe is vital to any successful attempt to end homelessness.
Read more here
News: 'Can't rent a footlocker': Qld tenants squeezed as properties dry up (Brisbane Times)
Queensland community groups warn that demand for homeless services and emergency accommodation will spike as tight rental markets grip a state still battling a pandemic recovery.
Read more here
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