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.
As Australia prepares to acknowledge Homeless Person’s Week, a number of local agencies are collectively getting results in ending homelessness as a direct result of the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign, which began in March.
500 Lives 500 Homes is the local effort of Home for Good initiative by the Queensland Government, which continues to work towards housing 500 households over the next three years.
$6.45 - $6.90 million in savings to Public Health costs achieved by Street to Home service.
By proactively addressing the housing and health needs of Brisbane’s homeless people, Homeless to Home Healthcare After Hours Service - a collaborative effort by a number of local agencies - has saved the Queensland Public Health System somewhere between $6.45 and $6.90 million, according to an economic evaluation report to be launched in Brisbane this Friday.
The combined efforts of community volunteers and workers from sixty different agencies working in the area of homelessness will be presented this Friday when the preliminary results of the 500 Lives 500 Homes Registry Fortnight are presented.
Karyn Walsh, coordinator of Brisbane's Micah Projects, has welcomed the Commonwealth Government's re-commitment to the National Partnership Agreement on Housing (NPAH) for another twelve months.
“We are relieved that the uncertainty is over,” said Ms Walsh, “despite funding once again only being extended for one more year.”
An army of volunteers will hit the streets for the largest ever grass roots assessment of Queensland’s homeless population, as part of a new campaign to tackle homelessness.
The Queensland Government’s new Home for Good initiative will commence with a two-week ‘registry’ project in Brisbane to fill gaps in current homelessness data and give service providers the ability to match people with the support they need to get their lives back on track.
You’re invited to join local community organisation Micah Projects in observing Close The Gap Day in Boundary Street, West End, on Thursday 20 March 2014.
The main challenge of G20 for Micah Projects, will be locating temporary accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the G20 period, along with all the other visitors to the city.