Next week, the 500 Lives 500 Homes Campaign will be celebrating a successful first year at a breakfast for the CEOs of partner agencies involved in the campaign. The Minister for Housing and Public Works, Ms Leeanne Enoch, will also be attending.
At least six Australian women are killed by their intimate partner every month.
As part of Domestic and Family Violence Month, a special candle-lighting ceremony will be held tomorrow night.
Families affected by domestic and family violence in eight locations across Queensland will soon have greater access to support with increased funding for new services.
Brisbane based community organisation Micah Projects has welcomed the announcement of a two-year extension in funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.
Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah Projects, said “It is a relief to know that we will not have to cease services to very vulnerable people in Brisbane, and that we can continue to build the partnerships that have been so successful in ensuring that people living on the streets can access housing and services in a more timely model.”
A coalition of local community agencies, committed to closing the gap in Indigenous life expectancy, reducing homelessness and imprisonment rates, improving health outcomes and reducing the number of Indigenous children going into care, is gathering to express their commitment on Close the Gap day next Thursday, 19th March, in West End.
Micah Projects welcomes the release of the Special Taskforce report on Domestic and Family Violence, Not Now, Not Ever, and looks forward to the report providing guidance for the way forward.
"The reality is that many individuals and families can slide into homelessness with one major hit to their income, whether this be losing their jobs or a change to their government income. A strong state needs to consider not only the economic pillars, but the social infrastructure pillar as well."
83 individuals and 36 families, including 75 children – a total of 119 households - have now been successfully housed, due to the efforts of the 500 Lives 500 Homes local partners as part of the State Government’s home for good campaign, which is well in advance of the eight-month target.
This week sees the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Australian Government’s formal apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, delivered at a special remembrance event in Parliament House, Canberra on Monday 16 November, 2009.
The recently released ACOSS report Poverty in Australia 2014 clearly identifies the extent of child poverty in Australia according to Karyn Walsh, coordinator of Brisbane’s Micah Projects.