Q Shelter Weekly Bulletin
Wednesday 17 June, 2020
Special Q Shelter Learning Exchange: Economic stimulus measures under Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs 
The Queensland State Government  announced a $267M building stimulus as part of the state's Economic Recovery Strategy.
This building stimulus includes a $100M Housing Construction – Works for Tradies program aimed at boosting housing supply, and driving economic activity. Importantly, this funding will fund the construction of 215 new social housing dwellings across the Queensland. There is also $10M to augment Home Assist Secure in providing additional help to older people and people with disabilities in home repairs and modifications. A further $10M will enhance grants to first home buyers in regional areas.
You can find the Premier's full media release on this funding here. 
What next?
Q Shelter has invited Mark Wall, General Manager Strategy, Policy and Programs to brief the community housing and homelessness sector on the scope of this initiative and to explore the ongoing role of Partnering for Growth and the Community Housing Sector in economic stimulus and recovery.
Q Shelter will hold this discussion via Zoom teleconference from 4.00pm - 5.00pm on Thursday 25 June. Click here to register for this session. 
You can also review the Q Shelter COVID-19 Learning Exchange Report at this link. Input and comments welcome until COB Thursday 25 June. 
Q Shelter Update
Save the Date - CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Please join us at the July CEO and Senior Leader’s Network Forum. The forum will provide an opportunity for the sector to review responses to COVID-19, and work as leaders to chart a joint strategy for achieving housing growth and enhanced support focussed on recovery.
  • 2.00pm – 4:30pm
  • Thursday, 30 July 2020
Bid Management Training
Q Shelter has an exciting opportunity to offer training in bid management and tendering, in partnership with Bid Management International.
Q Shelter is offering either a one-day face to face training session, or a six week online training course (1 hr per week over 6 weeks with additional online classroom sessions).
Donna Eiby and Wendy Knobel will demonstrate how your organisation can win more tenders with completely contextualised sector based training from the people who started the bid management industry in Australia. Participants will also receive a tender writing manual as well as one-hour of consultancy when perparing their own bid.
You can find out more about this training here
Other Q Shelter events and training opportunities
Asset Managers Network
This network provides an opportunity for asset managers to share information and best practice, as well as inform government policy and regulatory changes. Find out more and register here 
COVID-19 Learning Exchanges
The Queensland COVID-19 Learning Exchange is held on a monthly basis and you can register here. Q Shelter is also hosting a COVID-19 teleconference for social and community housing tenants, persons with lived experience of being homeless or housing related insecurity. As an organisation working in the housing and homelessness sector please pass on this invitation to your tenants or service users.  The purpose is to share experiences and insights with peers including those that have occurred during this period of covid related restrictions. Names are not recorded and all information shared is considered confidential unless it is agreed that it is ok to share in a de-identified way to influence system change.
Housing Older Women (HOW)
You're invited to continue or join in this ongoing meeting of persons interested in the issue of older women & access to affordable, amenable, secure and sustainable housing, in fact, their ‘home’. Click here to find out more information about HOW.
Updates from The Deck
Research - Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) - Mapping the Australian Social and Affordable Housing Network
In this research project, the need for a long-term, bi-partisan strategic approach was identified by government, industry and research partners. The network maps and other research outcomes aim to help integrate activity across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, to assist those delivering social and affordable housing sector assets.
Final industry and research reports, along with 2 short videos are now available at the project website
For more information, please contact Project Lead Dr Judy Kraatz
Resources: Tenancy Skills Institute - Your Tenancy During COVID and Beyond
This short series addresses common rental challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic to help Queensland tenants and their families survive the crisis and secure their housing for the future.
View the four-part series here 
News: Has the coronavirus pandemic proved that homelessness is solvable?
In the days before the coronavirus shutdown took effect, a massive operation was underway in Australia’s capital cities — to get more than 7,000 homeless people off the streets and into rooms in hotels, motels and empty student accommodation.
Read more here 
News: Give them a home: Could this ‘radical’ strategy help stop Australian homelessness?
While Finland is one of the most expensive cities in the world, its rate of homelessness is dramatically decreasing. It's thanks to Housing First, a homelessness strategy guided by the principle that the need for permanent housing should be met first. So impressed by the results, one woman is bringing Housing First to Australia.
Read more here  
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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