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Housing Matters Newsletter
Friday, 9 October 2020
Message from the Executive Director
Federal Budget
The much awaited Federal Budget includes some housing measures but falls short of the level of investment that Q Shelter with our national counterparts has been calling for.
The Federal Budget has included additional resources for the First Home Buyers Scheme, and includes $150 million for the Indigenous Home Ownership program. There is also $ 1billion for NHFIC to support lending to community housing providers for social and affordable housing. We note too that there are capital gains tax exemptions from granny flats which is a step in the right direction.
There is widespread disappointment that the level of spending on social housing is not greater at a time when private sector and community sector peaks agree that this would provide much needed economic stimulus. The level of support across sectors is significant yet there is still work to do to influence investment in social housing as a way of addressing huge levels of unmet need while also contributing to the economy. 
Q Shelter will continue to engage with State and Federal Government stakeholders and all political parties on the need for effective responses to housing need and homelessness. 
Announcements about Build to Rent in Queensland
The Queensland Government has announced two Build to Rent projects in Brisbane’s inner north. The projects will achieve 750 dwellings including up to 240 dwellings at discounted market rent. These two projects involve Frasers Property and Mirvac.
Q Shelter is encouraged by bipartisan support for Build to Rent housing initiatives in Queensland noting announcements from the Queensland Opposition about discounts to land tax as an incentive for investment in this asset class. You can read more about Build to Rent models here.
Q Shelter’ Policy Statements and strategic engagement with leaders
We invite and encourage you to become familiar with Q Shelter’s policy statements and proposals for how to address housing need and homelessness. We hope these documents are a useful resource and can help to support your efforts to engage with key community leaders about solutions. You are welcome to contact Q Shelter for assistance and to access data about your region. You can find Q Shelter policy statements here.
Q Shelter has also written to candidates to raise the profile of solutions to housing need and homelessness. We propose investment in housing supply, support, service integration and planning reforms. Our policy statements include a State pre-budget submission which outlines a comprehensive and detailed suite of initiatives, a framework for affordable housing as part of City Deals and a pre-election statement of priorities.
Stay in touch with the Shelter team and let us know how you are going with regional engagement activities.
Fiona Caniglia
In this edition of Housing Matters:
  1. Q Shelter Live - upcoming events and engagement
  2. Q Shelter Update
  3. Sector News and Updates
  4. Service Integration Initiative Update
  5. National Shelter Update
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Q Shelter's Annual Program of Events and Engagement
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Q Shelter Webinar Series: Housing, Homelessness and the NDIS - Coordinated Case Management
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 / 10.00am - 11.30am
This panel discussion will explore:
  • How to set up case management which coordinates a range of supports.
  • What resources are out there that can help?
  • How case management works best and what helps it do so.
Click here for more information
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Missed earlier sessions of this Webinar Series? Catch up on 'When Supports Breaks Down' here!
***Updated Date: Q Shelter CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum***
Q Shelter will be hosting the next CEO and Senior Leaders' Network Forum on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.
This will be a digital only event, and will be followed by Q Shelter's Annual General Meeting.
Q Shelter invites the sector to provide input into the development of this Forum. If you have suggestions on topics, please contact Emma Greenhalgh on (07) 3831 5900 or via email.
You can register for the CEO Forum and AGM at this link here
Asset Managers Network Series
Thursday, 26 November 2020 / 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
Feeling the Pulse on Partnering for Growth
Friday, 27 November 2020 / 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
Trauma Informed Practice - Micro Training Sessions
Housing and homelessness services are increasingly adapting trauma informed responses that understand the impact of trauma on a person.
The online training will provide an opportunity to engage with online training videos, with presentations from experts Penny Gordon and Tere Vaka, access to accompanying written resources, and a facilitated discussion tailored to the housing and homelessness sector.
Session One: Understanding Trauma
· Defining trauma
· Understanding the different types of trauma
· The impact of trauma
· Approaches that support recovery
Session Two: Trauma Informed Practice
· Origins of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) 
· TIP Model
· TIP implications for practice
· Implementing TIP within your own team or organisation
The sessions will be run one week apart and offered on the following dates:
November 2020 (limited spaces available)
10.00am - 11.30am
  • Session One - Monday, 16 November 2020
  • Session Two - Monday, 23 November 2020
March 2021 (limited spaces available)
10.00am - 11.30am
  • Session One - Friday, 12 March 2021
  • Session Two - Friday, 19 March 2021
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 their community 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
Q Shelter Update
Q Shelter Media Release: Federal Budget a ‘missed opportunity’ to invest in social housing
This year’s Federal Budget was a missed opportunity to boost the state’s construction industry and provide a safety net for Queenslanders doing it tough. 
Q Shelter’s Executive Director, Fiona Caniglia, welcomed the Federal Budget’s further investment in providing low-cost loans to the community housing sector; however said the Federal Government needed to take a more active role in driving social housing investment across the nation.
“Now is the time for the Federal Government to work with states to boost the supply of social housing and support thousands of jobs across the state.”
Read Q Shelter's full media release here
New Domestic and Family Violence Resources
Q Shelter has published a range of tools and resources to help housing, homelessness, and private real estate sectors better respond to domestic and family violence (DFV).
As part of the Keeping Women Safe in their Homes initiative, Q Shelter was funded to produce a new series of online micro-learning videos, which build upon its existing toolkit, Domestic & Family Violence: Strengthening the Real Estate Response. 
Q Shelter is proud to be launching this series, which will support real estate agents to strengthen their practice in managing tenancies that are impacted by DFV.
These videos will be embedded into the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s units of competency, which will help ensure property managers across Queensland are better equipped to recognise and respond to DFV.
Q Shelter acknowledges funding from The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and the contribution of Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Coronis, Digital Black, Griffith University’s MATE Bystander Program, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, the Residential Tenancies Authority, and Resound Voices of Experience.
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Sector News and Updates
Moratorium on rental evictions
Last month, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works, announced that the moratorium on rental evictions in Queensland would not be extended beyond 29 September 2020.
Media
ABC News: Family fearing homelessness after their landlord began calling in 'deferred rent' as Queensland's coronavirus eviction moratorium ends
BrisbaneTimes: Unions sign letter for Queensland rental eviction ban extension / 'Perfect storm' for renters ahead, advocates warn
Courier Mail: Residential tenancy eviction freeze to finish at the end of the month
Social Housing Design in Queensland
The Queensland State Government has released a discussion paper and survey on social housing and are seeking feedback on proposed changes to the way social housing is designed and delivered in Queensland.
If you work in the design, planning or development of homes and communities, support social housing delivery, reside in or near social housing, or just have an interest in design and the way we live in Queensland, this is an opportunity to share the key housing issues and needs that are important to you.
Your feedback will inform new social housing design guidance, and ultimately influence all types of housing in Queensland into the future.
The discussion paper and survey can be found here.
Event: Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Information Sessions
Summer Foundation are hosting SDA Information Sessions online around Queensland to assist housing providers gain a better understanding of housing options available to NDIS participants.
Read more here
News: SBS Insight - If we realised how much homelessness was costing us, we'd fix it overnight.
The moral and health arguments for housing people are clear, but many people are unaware of the financial cost we all bear for not fixing homelessness.
Read more here
News: ABC News - Eviction bans end for 8 million renters. Could this be the start of a housing disaster?
Within weeks, we will find out what lies ahead for the tenants who can't pay, the landlords who can't meet their mortgage or the structure of the housing market that has left millions in such a precarious position.
Read more here
Research: Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing policy solutions for low-income renters
New AHURI research examines the incidence of energy hardship within Australia’s rental housing market and considers strategies and policy actions to reduce its impact on the lives of Australian households.
Read more here
Campaign Update: ‘My Disability Matters’
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) has developed a Queensland State election platform, My Disability Matters, and an advocacy kit for members. The platform outlines ten key areas that they are asking political parties to consider as their disability policy.
Visit QDN's website to download these resources.
Resources: COVID-19 information for people with disability, support workers and carers
This website is maintained by Queensland Health and is a good reference point for housing providers.
Access these resources here
News: Queensland solar proposal could power job creation, slash bills for social housing tenants
Thousands of jobs could be created and social housing tenants could see energy bills slashed if a proposal to install solar panels on public dwellings is approved by the Queensland Government.
Read more here
News: Federal Government warned about rising risk of homelessness from COVID-19
More than 300 community groups have warned tens of thousands of Australian families could be left homeless as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic if the Federal Government does not boost support for social housing projects in this year's Budget.
Read more here
Research: COVID-19: Australia's population and housing demand (NHFIC)
This research report  found that the global pandemic could cut underlying dwelling demand in Australia by between 129,000 and 232,000 from 2020 to 2023, mainly due to the downturn in net overseas migration.
Read more here
Campaign Update: Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP)
Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) teamed up with Everybody's Home to publish a survey of community housing organisations’ potential housing development projects. Already 12,500 homes have been identified as deliverable if the government chooses to invest in a SHARP initiative.
Research: Focusing Homelessness Program Investment to Outcomes (CSIA)
CSIA has published a roadmap outlining actions and priorities for industry and government, to move Homelessness Program investment towards a greater focus on outcomes – that is, a greater focus on how investment usefully contributes to positive changes that people achieve.
Read more here
Event: AHURI Online National Conference
1-2 December 2020
AHURI has made their first major program announcement with the first three speakers, in what will be a stellar list of global experts, confirmed this December.
Early bird discounts are available until 16 October.
Find out more here
Campaign Update: Anti-Poverty Week
Anti-Poverty Week aims to raise awareness and understanding of poverty in Australia, and encourage action collectively to end it.  This year, it will be held on October 13-19 with a focus on the Everybody's Home campaign and the impacts of the pandemic on poverty levels across the country. To get involved with the Week on social media, find promotional materials here. 
You can also access a fact sheet on poverty and housing, explaining how many people are currently on the social housing waitlist, how to reduce housing poverty and more.
News: Build-to-Rent developers locked in to boost affordable housing options
The Queensland State Government has secured agreement with two leading national builders to develop the first two affordable housing projects under the Build-To-Rent program.
The projects in Newstead and Fortitude Valley will be constructed by Frasers Property Australia and Mirvac, offering around 750 apartments in total, with up to 240 of the dwellings to be provided at a discounted rent.
Read more here
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Service Integration Initiative Update
Backbone Support
In starting to evaluate the Service Integration Initiative, an Action Research framework has been designed to test the impact and outcomes across four domains: Care Coordination, Client-centred Outcomes, Service Integration and Workforce Development.
To support the establishment of a benchmark in testing what care coordination looked like prior to the initiative, a series of enquiries were posed to a random selection of survey participants across the nine initiative locations, and results are now in. Read more
Townsville
The Townsville Service Integration Coordinator has been facilitating a collaborative working group with key partners focussing on finding long term and sustainable housing for people who have been sleeping rough for many years in an area of Townsville. Read more
Mackay
Mackay is scheduling Care Coordination Workshops for Multiple Agency Response and Care Coordination in October. These aim to support mechanisms for more effective outcomes for clients and collaboration of services that align with the Service Integration Initiative and provide opportunity for input from across the region. Read more
Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay is scheduling a Care Coordination Planning Workshop to develop the current Care Coordination groups and their supporting mechanisms to support more effective outcomes for clients and collaboration of services that align with the Service Integration Initiative. Read more
Sunshine Coast
Just a quick update on the homeless response we have been delivering on the Coast these last few months. We have seen over 100+ households housed to-date, which has been an incredible outcome. This has been achieved in collaboration with multiple providers and through a range of responses.
We are really keen to hear the views and thoughts of key stakeholders and our broader community, as to how the system can work more effectively, as well as training and capacity building opportunities. Read more
Brisbane
Members of Under 1 Roof have been invited to be part of the review of care coordination across the Brisbane region.
In the Brisbane North region, the working group continues to review care coordination processes in the region.
In the South West region, project planning is underway following the endorsement of the SWCCG Action Plan.
The Regional Care Coordinators continue to be part of the Brisbane Region Rapid Housing Response. This is focused on transitioning into the next phase of responding to those impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic.
Redlands
The Redland Regional Action Plan Forum is scheduled for Tuesday 6 October via videoconference.  
The forum will also provide services and agencies with an understanding of the Service integration initiative and provide opportunity for input into the development of a Regional Action Plan to assist with access, communication and delivery of the service integration initiatives. Read more
Logan
Q Shelter has facilitated a planning workshop exploring the opportunities for service integration with the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works as well as key partners for the Logan region. This workshop explored the challenges and successes of supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in a pandemic and developing a plan for the future. Three workgroups have emerged from the workshop and will focus on developing a regional service map, a communication plan and a service framework.
Gold Coast
The Gold Coast Homelessness Network has led a review of the region’s systems, working groups, and collaborative processes to ensure it continues to the positive outcomes achieved in a challenging year. The Regional Care Coordinator has recently undertaken a care coordination trial to collaboratively support people that were rehoused under the COVID-19 response to access sustainable housing outcomes. Read more
National Shelter Update
Federal Budget Response
According to National Shelter - investment in much needed public and community housing has been overlooked in Budget 20/21 - an area of infrastructure investment that would have led quickly to jobs for tradespeople and houses for the growing lists of people who need them. Read the full response here.
National Affordable Housing Alliance
Australia’s peak housing, community housing groups and unions, have joined together to form a national alliance focused on supporting the delivery of social and affordable housing across Australia - the National  Affordable Housing Alliance (NAHA) .
NAHA has written to the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Housing Minister and Minister for the Department of Social Services, and you can find this letter here.
National Council
The National Council of National Shelter met on September 15 & 16 via Zoom and focussed on the development of their next Policy Platform. One of the major areas of conversation was about the broader issue of renting, a central problem for many during COVID-19, and the announcement of supports and programs during the pandemic. This includes the extension of moratoria on evictions and rent increases in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. 
'Moving On' Rental Survey
Shelter SA, in partnership with National Shelter, Shelter organisations across Australia and other stakeholders, has launched a national investigation into private rental tenancies.
They've published a brief survey for private and community housing tenants to answer so they can understand more about renting, routinely publish the results and undertake advocacy to improve the private rental system.
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