October Housing Matters
In this edition of Housing Matters:
  1. Matters of the month
  2. Celebration Week
  3. Q Shelter Live events
  4. Sector news and updates
  5. Shelter network
Matters of the month
From Q Shelter's Executive Director, Fiona Caniglia
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In today's Matters of the Month, Fiona Caniglia reflects on the role of our senior leaders, and the communities who support them, in driving real change for people experiencing homelessness or housing stress in our state.
This video was recorded at our CEO and Senior Leaders' Forum in July. This is a biannual event which will next be held on 25 November 2021. Learn more about this important event here.
Celebration Week
2021 has been a year with many challenges, but also a lot of opportunities within both our Q Shelter community and the housing and homelessness sector more broadly. We will reflect on these opportunities, and the fantastic people we have journeyed with, during Q Shelter's Celebration Week from 22 - 28 November 2021. Please join us and our partners at one (or all!) of these events!
Thursday 25 November at Victoria Park.
Dillabah Gardens Exhibition & Art Market (rescheduled)
Peer Leadership training
Q Shelter and Neighbourly are presenting a series of ten training workshops on leadership, participation and change. With the current Covid situation, please check the events page for the latest updates. Learn more.
Where? New Farm Neighbourhood Centre. 967 Brunswick St, New Farm
When? Fortnightly. Thursdays 4pm to 6pm. Light refreshements are served.
How do I register? Online, or by calling or emailing Q Shelter on 3831 5900 or
Session 7 - An induction to the housing and homelessness sector
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Session 8 - Educating the community about homelessness
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Engagement series for community housing providers
This series is being co-hosted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Housing Queensland, CHIA Qld and Q Shelter together with the Department of  Communities, Housing and Digital Economy and will discuss the Draft Master Agreement and related policies.
Options for participation include a face to face event or attendance at webinars. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the face-to-face event is for CEOs or their delegate. If there are places remaining closer to the event we will open opportunities to send additional participants. The options to attend are as follows:
Option 1: Attend a Face-to-Face workshop on the Master Agreement and Social Housing Policy
Thursday 7 October from 1pm-5pm. Includes afternoon tea. Venue will be advised on registration
Please register here.
Option 2: Attend Webinars on the Master Agreement and Social Housing Policy 

Webinar discussion on Social Housing Policy
Attend on either Tuesday 5 October 2021 or Wednesday 6 October 2021
Webinar links will be provided after registration

Webinar discussion on Master Agreement
Attend on either Friday 8 October or Monday 11 October 2021
Webinar links will be provided after registration.
Please register here.
On Wednesday 13 October, a COVID-19 Vaccination Pop Up Hub will be available from 9am-1pm at Capalaba Place. Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are available.
Partnered by Brisbane South PHN, Redland City Council, Footprints Community and Q Shelter, the hub with also offer free laundry and showering facilities courtesy of Footprints' ‘Stand Up, Step Out’ (SUSO) bus, a sausage sizzle and the opportunity to chat with local service providers.
For more information on the Vaccination Hub, please contact Bree Tukavkin, Regional Care Coordination Facilitator on 0411 738 159 or email
Cairns Housing and Homelessness Integration Initiative is thrilled to welcome Jessica Spencer from Youth Empowerment Towards Independence (YETI) to their care coordination panel. Jess brings a wealth of experience and deep commitment to her community.
YETI is a support agency for young people aged 12-25 years old living in Far North Queensland. The agency facilitates a range of programs focusing on the needs of vulnerable young people, including: a day program; case management; therapeutic counselling; outreach; and research and evaluation.
In August 2021, Daniel Taber-Kennedy joined the Service Integration team at Q Shelter as Regional Care Coordinator for the Brisbane South-West region.
Danny has over 15 years in the human services sector in federal, state, and non-government settings including working in housing and homelessness, child protection, refugee settlement and integration, community development, and emergency services. Most recently, Danny has been working with vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Welcome, Danny!
Sector news & updates
RESEARCH REPORT: Bridging Queensland's Digital Divide
 QCOSS have released a report with the McKell Institute on the digital divide and its implications for vulnerable Queenslanders. 
"94% of marginalised Queenslanders miss job opportunities due to digital exclusion"  Read the recommendations here.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Anglicare Homelessness Services
🏚️ Are you looking for meaningful employment? Q Shelter member Anglicare Homelessness Services have two positions available:
Homelessness Services QDAC Recovery practitioner:  
Homelessness Housing and Justice Coordinator:
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Housing Manager
🏚️  Q Shelter member Hervey Bay Housing Coalition Services are looking for their new Housing Manager.
To apply for this position, please email to obtain an Applicant Kit which provides more details about this position and how to apply. Applications for this position close on 18th October, 2021. Learn more.
PARITY MAGAZINE: Submissions open
Contributions sought for the November edition of Parity - Understanding and Responding to Indigenous Homelessness. Read more
SALVOS SLEEPOUT: Raise money for older women experiencing homelessness
At the Salvos Sleepout on Wednesday 20 October, you will spend the night away from the comfort of your own home, learning more about the many challenges women experiencing homelessness face daily. Learn more.
ABC NEWS: Thousands join the wait for public housing
"As of June 2021, there were 27,933 applications for public housing, amounting to 50,301 people.... 
Of the applications, 20,408 had been classified as "very high need", which includes people who are homeless or have inappropriate housing and have multiple, complex factors significantly impacting their ability to access and sustain housing".  Read more
RESOURCE: The Housing Boost Aggregator: an explainer by The Costellation Project
Australia has a well-documented shortage of social and affordable rental housing for low and moderate-income households. The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) provides debt financing for social and affordable housing, with Community Housing Organisations (CHOs) typically using their rental income to pay the interest. 
Even when combined with other available forms of funding assistance (such as rate and tax rebates, planning concessions and land contributions) these loans are often not enough to fund new social and affordable homes. In short, CHOs are faced with a funding gap that prevents new builds. 
Despite the exceptionally low interest rates of the past few years, this funding gap has consistently presented a barrier to scaling up the industry to produce affordable rental housing. 
The Housing Boost Aggregator is a way to close this funding gap through the creation of a new Commonwealth tax subsidy alongside pooling portfolios of affordable housing projects to attract ongoing institutional investment. Learn more.
IN-PERSON FORUM: Platform 1225 - Queensland Youth Housing Coalition
In 2021, the focus of Platform 1225 will be“Truth, advocacy and systemic reform whilst acknowledging power imbalances and factors of social inequality”.
Within this context we recognise that we are 232 years post the Colonisation of Australia, a foremost issue to address when talking about social inequality, truth and systemic reform.
23 November, 10.30am-1.00pm, Brisbane, Register here.
WORKSHOPS (online and in-person): Older Women Experiencing Homelessness
The Lady Musgrave Trust is presenting a series of face-to-face workshops (including online access) for women over the age of 55 who find themselves at risk of homelessness.
DATES: 9 Oct, 30 Oct, 31 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov LOCATION: Online, Chermside, Carindale, Garden City. Sunshine Coast. Learn more.
EVENT: International Tenants Day
One week until International Tenants Day!  Join Tenants Queenlsand from 10am - 1pm on 7 October at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre and celebrate with: 
🏚️ Tenant Tales 🏚️ Complimentary Lunch 🏚️ Tenancy Information 🏚️ Art Activity  
Call (07) 3832 9447 for more information about this event!
Shelter network
You are invite to National Shelter's online AGM on 20 October 2021. Guest speakers include Jason Falinski MP and Shadow Education Minister and former Minister for Housing The Hon. Tanya Plibersek. Limited to 100 spaces, so please register today!
Media release: Policy platform calls for a national housing plan to combat growing unaffordability in home ownership and renting
National Shelter has now released its latest policy platform and will highlight different sections of the platform over coming months to focus attention on the different aspects of housing policy required to address our housing crisis.
The first focus is on the need for a national plan for housing, a Cabinet Minister, and the importance of recognising housing as infrastructure linked to economic productivity. This view is now backed by new economic surveys and research showing high support from economists of changing the consideration of housing and its importance. Read more from National Shelter here.
SHELTER TASMANIA: Guide to Housing and Homelessness Terms
Have you ever been a little confused by the (many!) acronyms and terms specific to the homelessness and affordable housing sector?   
Are you a little unsure of the difference between public housing and social housing, or are you struggling to define what constitutes housing stress? 
Shelter Tasmania have produced an incredible resource to help you get things straight. Visit the live document here.
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