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Weekly Bulletin
Monday, 24 August 2020
Important update on homelessness service agreements and community housing policy
The Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) has 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.
Changes to Homelessness Service Agreements are effective from 1 July 2020.
Key changes to community housing policies commence from 11 September 2020, and include:
  • making permanent the removal of the time limited and transitional nature of Community Housing programs; and
  • changes to the allowable expenditure and surplus policy for Community Housing to underpin implementation of Partnering for Growth.
You can click here to accesss a list of updated and current policies and guidelines for community housing providers.
You can find a Q Shelter has two important opportunities in the near future to discuss and explore these documents. The dates and registration links are listed below:
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Next session: Friday, 28 August 2020 2.30pm - 3.15pm
This session 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.
We invite you and colleagues to participate in a regular Zoom discussion every fourth Friday of the month.
Click here to find out more information about this event
Q Shelter Monthly Learning Exchange
1 September 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.
This session will be focussed on the DHPW Communique about homelessness service agreements and community housing policy.
Find out more about this exchange here
I encourage you all to attend as a way to explore any questions or feedback. This format allows for discussion and to raise questions which Q Shelter collates for participants and also provides to DHPW.
Thank you all for your continued engagement. I look forward to further discussions in the near future. In the interim please contact Q Shelter at any time. 
You can find details for our team at this link.
Fiona Caniglia
Executive Director
Q Shelter
CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum
Q Shelter recently held it’s bi-annual CEO and Senior Leaders Forum. The forum was an opportunity for Queensland’s housing and homelessness sector to come together to review responses to COVID-19, and for further dialogue on stimulus for social and affordable housing.
Over 100 attendees participated in this forum from across Queensland's housing and homelessness sector. 
All presentations are now available for viewing on Q Shelter's website, including: 
  • Dr Tim Williams, Australasia Cities Leader, Arup
  • Andrew Elvin, CEO, Coast2Bay Housing
  • Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects
  • Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA)
  • Anna Cox, Director of Policy, Strategy, and Regional Services, Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland (UDIA)
  • Nathan Dal Bon, CEO, National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC)
A presentation from Trish Woolley, Deputy-Director General Department of Housing and Public Works is also available, as well as a progress snapshot of the Queensland Housing Strategy highlighting the department’s progress and key achievements to date.
A recording of the event is also available on Q Shelter website.
Q Shelter invites the sector to provide input into the development of the next CEO and Senior Leaders' Forum on 12 November 2020. If you have suggestions on topics for the next forum please contact Emma Greenhalgh on (07) 3831 5900 or via email.
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Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
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Q Shelter Governance Training for Boards and Tenants
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.
Find out more about this exciting training opportunity here
Learn about the housing and homelessness sector (Sector Induction)
16 September 2020 and 17 February 2021
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 to find out more information
Understanding the Queensland planning system and building community support for affordable housing
28 August 2020 / 9.30am - 11.30am
Join us for the next session in our webinar series on planning, development and your property portfolio.
Click here to find out more information
Q Shelter Webinar Series: Housing, Homelessness and the NDIS - When Support Breaks Down
25 August 2020
This panel discussion will explore topics including how services can support clients when supports are not meeting their needs.
Click here for more information and to secure your registration
Develop a peer leader program in your organisation
This training is for housing and homelessness service providers who wish to develop their organisational capacity for supporting tenants and people experiencing homelessness to become peer leaders.
Peer leaders are supported to learn about having input to policy, programs and service delivery models. The training also covers how to support peer leaders to engage other peers, build networks and improve the participation of their peers in opportunities to have a say about solutions to housing need and homelessness.
Training Sessions:
  • 22 September 2020 or 24 November 2020
QS Member Discount Price of $80 / Non QS Members $100
Find out more about this event here
Asset Managers Network Series
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.
The next session will be held Thursday 24 September.
Click here to register
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Learning Exchange for tenants and people with lived experience of homelessness
Each Tuesday / 3.00pm - 3.30pm
Call (07) 3185 3730 / Meeting ID: 833 7544 9429#   
Click here to find out more information
Housing Older Women
Next Meeting: 16 September 2020 / 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Join older women who are collaborating to create innovative housing solutions.
Find out more about HOW here
Sector News and Updates
News: Beyond Shelter
Inside Story
Peter Mares makes a compelling case for Housing First responses to homelessness.
"There are many paths into homelessness but only one way out ... secure, affordable, decent housing."
Read more here
Event: AHI Queensland Branch Networking Event
2 September 2020
In this edition of the Queensland monthly branch get-together, AHI will take the chance to catch up with colleagues, hear what’s going on in the sector around Queensland and beyond.
Read more here
Event: CEDA Prioritising social and affordable housing
25 August 2020
This event will examine investing in social and affordable housing for economic recovery, collaborative approaches to new developments and innovative investment models; and tailoring development to the needs of communities.
Rebecca Oeklers, CEO of BHC Creating Liveable Communities, will also join this panel discussion.
Find out more about this online event here
Research: #StayHome? The impact of Covid-19 on unaccompanied homeless children in Tasmania.
This research was designed to capture the wide-ranging impacts of mandatory stay at home and social distancing directives on children aged 10-17 who were alone and without a stable place to stay when Covid-19 reached Tasmania.
Read more here
Campaign Update: Make Renting Fair in Queensland (MRFQ)
During the unprecedented community crisis that is COVID-19, the Make Renting Fair team is advocating for the rights of tenants affected by the pandemic, while also continuing to campaign for better long-term tenancy laws in Queensland.
Want a recap on the governments’ recommended tenancy law changes? You can read a summary of the proposals and MRFQ responses.
You can also follow the MRFQ campaign by visiting their website and signing up to their newsletter, as well as following them on Facebook and Twitter.
Sector Initiative: Online Housing Hub
Congratulations to Summer Foundation on the launch of their new Housing Hub website.
The Housing Hub is a place for people requiring accessible housing features to search for a new home.
Click here to explore the Housing Hub website
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Service Integration Initiative
Regional care coordinators are now providing place-based support to existing care coordination and networking groups in priority locations across Queensland.
Visit The Deck to find out more about joining your local care coordination groups!
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