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June Housing Matters
In this edition of Housing Matters:
  1. Matters of the month
  2. Make Renting Fair campaign
  3. Q Shelter Live events
  4. Meet a member
  5. Sector news and updates
  6. Shelter network
 Matters of the month
From Q Shelter's Executive Director, Fiona Caniglia
Regional Reps, CEOs and Leaders explore key questions and contributions to the Budget and Action Plan
The Q Shelter CEO and Leaders’ Forum and Regional Representatives Forum provided unique opportunities to unpack the State Budget and Housing and Homelessness Action Plan. With 20 regional representatives and 125 CEOs and Leaders, it was a rich few days which helped to identify some key questions for clarification (which Q Shelter is currently working to collate and respond to).
These events also highlighted the opportunities for each region to interpret the Action Plan in ways that take account of local opportunities and needs. The highlight was sitting with Minister Leeanne Enoch and hearing about how regional representatives and service systems can have the most impact. Minister Enoch encouraged the sector to collaborate and synergise contributions while also signalling the depth of her commitment to the housing portfolio.
Importantly, each of these events convenes General Managers and the Deputy Director General from the Department in direct opportunities for the sector to raise issues and generate solutions. The level of engagement and hard work by the sector and Department to have meaningful dialogue was great to see. We have already planned the next forum in November as a key mechanism for continuing to engage with the implementation of the four-year action plan.
The importance of community housing and planning system reform
While the budget includes important financial commitments to housing and support, it is critical that reforms related to community housing and the planning  system are progressed. Much-needed community housing reforms and a new operating model will further leverage existing resources to achieve growth. The Sector has had significant input over the last two years to these reforms and we will be working with CHIA Qld and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland to support sector input when they are published for review. With October proposed for expressions of interest for growth projects, it will be essential that the policy framework relating to community housing is clear by then so that proposals are based on clear and transparent parameters.
There are many in Queensland who have worked for planning reform in relation to housing supply and affordability. It is urgently needed. We will be doing all that we can to provide input to these reforms and to support the process with   evidence of what has worked in other jurisdictions. We are fortunate to have Emma Greenhalgh on our team. As a planner, she has written extensively on how the planning system can assist with both supply and affordability. We have   reached out to the Department of State Development, Planning and Local Government to signal our interest as a sector and as a peak in these important changes.
Housing Older Women in the spotlight
Q Shelter has auspiced a group working to address the housing needs of older women. We are currently working with this group and the Department in a co-design process to achieve meaningful actions to address housing supply and support needs. There is a vital role for community housing providers in considering how State Budget measures could respond to this cohort. And there are some challenges in making sure existing services and products are easy for women to access. It is great to be working collaboratively with Government to take meaningful action. You can be involved by registering here,
NAIDOC Week contributions: Opportunity to submit art work for display at Q Shelter
This year, Q Shelter is contributing to the NAIDOC Week theme by engaging with  stakeholders about our draft Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. We are also working with Gerard Bargo as artistic director for the Dillabah Gardens Art   Exhibition which will be held at Q Shelter’s headquarters. We can’t wait for our building to be transformed as an art gallery showcasing Gerard’s amazing art and many other artworks involving people with lived experience of homelessness and housing need.
You can register to attend at this link. Please let others know they can register to display their artworks as part of the celebration. The process of working with Gerard has taught us so much about celebrating culture and learning from the   experiences of First Nations’ Peoples. It is great to have Gerard on board and we  re looking forward to celebrating more at the exhibition in August. There is also an opportunity to bid in a silent auction to purchase one of Gerard's amazing artworks.
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Make Renting Fair campaign
Q Shelter urges stakeholders and members to engage with the Make Renting Fair Campaign. With more people relying on the private rental market it is vital that the legal framework enables people to find a stable place to call home.
We commend proposed changes to ensuring the security of properties for women leaving domestic and family violence. However, there is more that can be done to ensure security of tenure. You can learn how to take action at this link.
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Peer Leadership training
Q Shelter and Neighbourly are presenting a series of ten training workshops on leadership, participation and change. Learn more.
Where? New Farm Neighbourhood Centre. 967 Brunswick St, New Farm
When? Fortnightly. Thursdays at 1.30pm to 4pm.
How do I register? Online, or by calling or emailing Q Shelter on 3831 5900 or info@qshelter.asn.au
Session 1 - Telling your story: an introduction
Thursday, 15 July 2021 - 1:30pm to 4pm
Stories help people understand how homelessness and housing stress affects people. Stories can help people understand and be more supportive of the solutions.
Session 2 - Telling your story: practice makes perfect
Thursday 29 July 2021 - 1:30pm to 4pm
This session will focus on supporting each other to practice some storytelling skills. It will be a fun and practical session which builds confidence and a sense of direction about what to say, when to say it and how.
Other upcoming events
Housing Older Women Working Group Solutions
13 July 2021, 2.00pm to 3.30pm, online, learn more or register here
Feeling the Pulse on Housing Investment and Growth
23 July 2021, 2.30pm to 3.15, online, learn more or register here
Housing Older Women Working Group Strategy
27 July 2021, 2pm to 4pm, online, learn more or register here
Q Shelter Learning Exchange
3 August 2021, online, 4pm-5pm, online, learn more or register here
Housing Older Women Coordination Group Plenary
4 August 2021, 2pm-4pm, online, learn more or register here
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The service integration team has celebrated the budget news which includes continued funding and rewards some fantastic collective impact work.
They are now excitedly anticipating the continued work they can plan and deliver on. They are more committed than ever to continuing their efforts to reduce homelessness by promoting and modelling an integrated way of working.
Meet a member: Darce Foley, Youturn
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Youturn is a not-for-profit based at Tewantin that was started 30 years ago to help address youth homelessness in the Noosa region. Since then, the organisation, working with young people and those that support them, has grown substantially— expanding their focus to   include Child Safety, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and of course   Homelessness.
What keeps you fronting up to work each day?
Knowing that there is a need for innovative housing solutions across South East Queenslandand that the work Youturn is doing in partnership with others is at the leading edge of driving real solutions that will make a difference to the lives of young people.
Is there a current project you are especially excited about? 
Our Big Hearts For Tiny Homes project. It is a collaborative approach between Youturn, Noosa Council, Aussie Tiny Homes and the local community. This project is a first for the region, bridging the gap between crisis accommodation and housing stability for young families who are particularly vulnerable to the housing crisis situation.
What is one thing you would love to see happening in the homelessness and affordable housing sector in 10 years time?
For the homelessness and affordable housing sector to have strong partnerships with the private sector. And that these partnerships are underpinned by Government incentives that facilitate sustainable accommodation settings for the future of all people.
Members are invited to send their news and updates to helen.gearing@qshelter.asn.au
Sector news & updates
RESEARCH: Housing: Taming the elephant in the economy
Commissioned by the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) and National Shelter on behalf of the Housing and Productivity Research Consortium (HPRC), the report states that "the scale of the housing market in the Australian economy and the diffuse, often disconnected, spread of policy powers that address different aspects of this system make the Parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant a perfect metaphor for our current predicament". Read more.
CENSUS: Support people experiencing homelessness to be counted
The Census provides critical information about the people in Australia and is the only national estimate of the prevalence of homelessness. The ABS are currently recruiting Community Field Officers and are requesting sector organisations encourage people using their services to take part in the Census. Learn more.
RESEARCH: Liveable and accessible social and higher density housing
Researchers from the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) at Griffith University have been investigating how the liveability and accessibility of medium to high density urban housing and precincts in our cities can deliver social and affordable housing. Learn more about their research here.
RESOURCES: NDIS housing options project
The NDIS Housing Options project aims to build the capacity of NDIS participants to understand their housing options under the NDIS. It also aims to build the capacity of housing providers to understand how Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) works and the housing needs and preferences of NDIS participants.
Through this project Summer Foundation have developed state specific resources for Western Australia and Queensland aimed at NDIS participants to identify housing needs and preferences and SDA providers to build a better understanding about SDA. You can view these resources here.
PRO BONO NEWS: Looking beyond housing to create a system for home
Australia needs to look beyond issues of supply and affordability to create a new housing system that puts people at its centre, according to a new report.     
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) has recently released a book, entitled The Future of Home, which explores the importance of home in providing the critical foundations needed for a person to thrive. Read more.
HOUSING BILL: Sumbissions due 13 July.
Public submissions to the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 close Tuesday 13 July. Submissions can be emailed to CSSC@parliament.qld.gov.au 
For regular updates, sign up to the Make Renting Fair QLD campaign here.
INFOXCHANGE NEWS: Searches for drug and alcohol support surge in March and April 2021
QLD was second only to NSW in its increase in people searching for drug and alcohol support during March and April 2021. Our members have been reporting similar trends in their front-line service. Learn more.
EVENT: Gold Coast Homeless Connect- 4 August
The Annual Gold Coast Homeless Connect is a FREE event for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community.
Homeless Connect assists people to create pathways, open doors, raise awareness, and access community support through a one-stop shop, whilst providing services in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Learn more.
NAIDOC WEEK: Heal Country, heal our nation.
This year's theme is Heal Country, heal our nation. There is still time to join a 2021 NAIDOC week near you. Click here to search for events.
Unable to attend an event in-person? Celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples certainly doesn't need to be limited to one week. Visit Reconciliation Australia for ideas of how you can practically take actions all year round.
AHURI CONFERENCE: Uncharted urban futures: Australian cities post pandemic. 29 July
This event will examine Australia’s population dynamics as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; the delivery of critical social infrastructure to support our changing cities and the particular urban transport challenges emerging from the pandemic. Online and in-person. Register here.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
Anglicare: First Nations QDAC Recovery Practitioner (Identified) - Brisbane. Learn more.
Salvation Army: Upfront Intervention Team (UIT) - Case Manager. Learn more.
RESOURCES: Mental Health Support for Children
Emerging Minds is an organisation dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children, adolescents and their families. They have developed a range of resources to support children’s mental health during events such as COVID-19. 
Access the full toolkit here
MEDIA RELEASE: Tackling under 16 youth homelessness. Tasmania's Minister for Children and Youth, Sarah Courtney, says, "There is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and we are committed to ensuring young people have the supports they need to overcome any challenges.
Consultation is now open on key documents that will underpin a robust and coordinated approach to supporting homeless youth under the age of 16." Read more.
Shelter network
NATIONAL SHELTER: Message from Executive Officer Adrian Pisarki
Last week saw three state budgets handed down in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. While the budget in New South Wales and South Australia were disappointing from a housing perspective, we were pleased to see that the Queensland Government has followed the Victorian Government in announcing major spending initiatives on social and affordable housing, lifting the role of community housing, and in addressing homelessness.
Queensland announced a total of $2.9 billion of initiatives including a social housing fund of $1 billion and $1.9 billion in other measures over four years. It means that over the past 12 months we have seen states lifting their contributions by over $10 billion in the next 4-5 years while the Commonwealth is contributing nothing additional. Imagine how much better things could be if the Commonwealth were at least matching what states are now committing to? Read more from National Shelter here.
SHELTER NSW: NSW Budget- horses or houses? Where's the priority?
Shelter NSW is encouraged to see NSW’s recovery underway with unemployment falling.
We remained concerned however, that the state’s improving fortunes are not being shared – with crippling housing unaffordability leaving many behind and driving inequity especially for younger generations.
“With a windfall of over $1 billion in additional stamp duty”, said John Engeler, CEO Shelter NSW, “it was disappointing to see so little directed back to support people unable to compete in the private housing market.” Those people range from the homeless through to low-income workers forced to commit most of their income to private rent let alone enter the housing market.  “This budget sees the NSW Government backing expensive options like thoroughbred stabling when ordinary punters are struggling to pay rent”. Read more.
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Recent social media posts. Left: Minister Leeanne Enoch meets with Fiona Caniglia and Regional Representatives to discuss housing solutions. Right: Linda Hahn, Housing Older Women representative, shares her story with Q Shelter's media crew.
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