"Homelessness is not just the product of too few houses and high rentals. Poor health, and the consequent loss of employment and income, is a major factor. The same people who are most at risk of homelessness – the poor, Indigenous Australians, those with a mental illness, prisoners, and women and children who have experienced domestic violence – have the lowest levels of access to primary care."
"The solution to people needing houses, is houses. It seems so simple, too simple. No it really is that simple. AND it's cheaper! A recent two year study found that tenants in Supportive Housing cost $13,000 less in government funded services compared to when they were homeless. And that INCLUDES the cost of the housing." Charlie Pickering
Terri Butler MP has congratulated the Southside’s unsung heroes who were honoured last Sunday at a special ceremony. Among the locals honoured with an award were the volunteers at Campbell’s Club, an initiative of Micah Projects.
Many of the volunteers at Campbell’s Club have volunteered there for 10 years. The Club operates on several days every week. Activities are varied, and participants often engage in anything from a simple morning tea, to the “grooming corner” where they can cut, style or colour hair.
The core volunteers of Campbell’s Club recognised for their outstanding work were Mary MacMahon, Joy Reiken, Kate Doolan, Nancye Reid, Kris Bentley, Jenny Dex and Teresa Smyth.
Karyn Walsh was the Guest Speaker at The University of Queensland’s 2016 Conferring of Awards Ceremony.
“I would not be standing here today if it was not for the wonderful opportunities that I have had through the vision 25 years ago and the continuing commitment of the members of St Mary’s faith community who passionately believe in pooling knowledge and resources to ensure that the most vulnerable in the community have access to opportunities, resources and services not from a position of charity but from a position of justice and a belief that all lives have equal value regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, disability, economic status or geographical location.”
They have been through unquestionably dark times, but a new group is allowing domestic violence survivors to turn that darkness into light.
Since June, the Resound: Voices of Experience group, whose members have lived through domestic violence, have used their insights to help inform law makers and government.
Micah Projects submission to the Queensland Governments' Transport Operations (Road Use Management) (Offensive Advertising) Amendment Bill 2016
The Bill’s objective is to minimise the amount of offensive advertising on Queensland registered vehicles to enforce the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) determinations.
There is a major shift in national and international standards and action aimed at tackling violence against women and girls. The evidence is unequivocal: disrespect and sexual objectification of women and girls is a major contributing factor to the persistent sexual and physical violation of women and girls by men (National Plan, 2010; Queensland Special Task Force on Domestic and Family Violence, 2015).
This is action that Micah Projects wholeheartedly endorses. We commend the Transportation and Utilities Committee for this opportunity to provide feedback on the Bill.
"We need to build on work that has been done to turn around the shameful legacy of decades of failures of child protection systems under many governments."
Radio interviews by ABC RN’s Nance Haxton and 612 ABC's Spencer Howson on the success of Inclusive Health's Pathways Program.
"It costs the state government more to keep a person chronically homeless than it costs to provide permanent supportive housing to end homelessness, our recent research shows," Cameron Parsell, Research Fellow, homelessness, social welfare, and poverty, The University of Queensland
Over a 12-month period, people who were chronically homeless used state government funded services that cost approximately A$48,217 each. Over another 12-month period in which they were tenants of permanent supportive housing, the same people used state government services that cost approximately A$35,117.
In addition to removing the legal barrier preventing people who have suffered child sexual abuse from claiming damages in court, the Palaszczuk Government has released an Issues Paper to seek stakeholder and community interest in broader civil litigation reform.