Partnerships and Consortia
Micah Projects collaborations with leading community and health service providers and partnerships with government
The Inclusive Health Partnerships program is an integrated, person-centred, trauma-sensitive and sustainable response to the health needs of vulnerable Brisbane people, including people experiencing homelessness.
For all information please visit the dedicated Inclusive Health section of this website.
The 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign is a three year campaign, which commenced in March 2014.
The campaign comprises 34 government and non-government partners who, along with other supporting organisations, are working collaboratively to bring an end to homelessness in our city for as many individuals and families as possible. Micah Projects is the lead agency in the campaign.
The 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign is on track to achieve its goal of housing 500 individuals and families by 2017. As at February 2016, 332 households had been housed through this collective effort.
Community members and businesses have contributed over $30,000 to assist people being housed to set up their homes. Non-government organisations across the homelessness sector have contributed over $15,000 toward delivering the campaign.
The campaign highlights the need for greater supply of affordable housing plus the continuum of services required to end homelessness with individuals and families.
To find out more about the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign please visit the dedicated website.
You may like to consider donating a welcome pack of essential household items for an individual or family moving from homelessness.
Donations are always appreciated and those over $2 are tax deductible.
The Family Inclusion Network (FIN) is a representative group of practitioners, academics and parents with children in care, seeking to progress practice and policy with the statutory child protection system.
Areas of interest include the design, implementation and evaluation of family support, child protection and community services.
The FIN program was established in Brisbane in 2004 and is auspiced by Micah Projects. The program has since been developed in other Australian states and territories.
FIN provide parents and family members with information, support and advocacy. FIN Brisbane has aligned with the government’s agenda to promote family inclusion within child protection services. FIN works with government, groups and community organisations, to ensure parents and family members’ voices, contribute to the development of family inclusive practices recommended through the Carmody Reforms.
Micah Projects is part of a consortium of service providers who deliver the Partners in Recovery (PIR) program, supporting individuals with complex needs and severe and persistent mental illness.
For more information please visit the PIR webpage in our services section.
Brisbane Common Ground at 15 Hope Street, South Brisbane brings together the right ingredients to help tenants make a home.
It is affordable, with rent based on a percentage of income. Tenants have the stability of a General Tenancy Agreement and can live in Brisbane Common Ground (BCG) for as long as they meet the terms of the agreement and it remains the housing of their choice.
Each unit is self contained, fully furnished, and meets the Queensland Government’s universal design principles. Everywhere in BCG is wheelchair accessible, with 33 adaptable units meeting the standards detailed in AS4299.
The building features a range of common areas that help to create small neighbourhoods and provide places where tenants can relax and socialise as a community. Special purpose spaces provide opportunities for activities and recreation.
Brisbane Common Ground is an asset to the local community with retail/commercial spaces and a function room and meeting/board room spaces for hire.
The principles of Supportive Housing at BCG are:
- Design: Designing or renovating buildings thoughtfully to create a dignified and positive home environment and including in the design community spaces that can be utilised by tenants and the wider community.
- Permanency and Affordability: Housing is permanent, affordable, and self-contained with rent less than 30% of income.
- Tenancy Mix: There is a mix of tenants with half being people who have experienced homelessness and half people who have never been homeless. This mix helps ensure a vibrant community and a diversity of tenants.
- Safety: A concierge service is provided 24/7 to ensure a welcoming but controlled access to the building at all times.
- Support Services: On site supports including holistic case management, mental health, primary healthcare, recreation and other specialist services to prevent people becoming homeless again and to support people to achieve their goals and aspirations.
- Social inclusion: Each element of supportive housing from building to support service design aims to create the greatest degree of empowerment and independence for people, as well as a thriving community for tenants and neighbours.
How you can help
You may like to consider donating a welcome pack of essential household items for one person moving into Brisbane Common Ground.
The building was delivered through a pioneering government-business-community partnership.
Funding for the land purchase, design, construction and support services was provided by the Australian and Queensland governments through the National Building Economic Stimulus Plan and the COAG National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. This is the third Common Ground project that Grocon Constructors completed at cost, with no profit or margin.
Australian Common Ground Alliance
Micah Projects is a founding member of the Australian Common Ground Alliance (ACGA), a network of organisations working in partnership with government, corporate, philanthropic and community stakeholders to promote and deliver innovative supportive housing solutions for chronic homelessness.
For more information please contact us.
The Hope Street Café is Micah Projects’ first social enterprise project. The café space provides for community and culture, training and employment, and events and exhibitions.
The Café is a not-for-profit business connecting the community with people who have been excluded from the workforce, advocating for local food production and a diverse, inclusive local neighbourhood.
For more information please contact us.
Brisbane Partnerships - Giving a Voice to Vulnerable Families is a three-year collaborative project funded by the Australian Department of Social Services.
Until mid-2017 the Partnership will be coordinating activities in a number of important areas to promote social change at both the community and system level.
The Partnership is built on long-standing relationships among Brisbane community-based multi-service providers Community Living Association, Jabiru, Kyabra and Micah Projects. We are committed to a community development approach, early intervention and family support within a social justice framework.
What we do
The aims of the Brisbane Partnerships in relation to the Giving a Voice to Vulnerable Families project are to:
- give parents, children and young people experiencing disadvantage and/or vulnerability opportunities to participate in the design and delivery of early intervention and prevention services
- build the capacity of families to engage with local community and self-help processes, including local and wider advocacy for change that would affect their lives
- give families a greater voice in influencing the shape of future social policies about community and self-help forms of early intervention and prevention
- collaborate with the Family Inclusion Network in South East Queensland (FIN SEQ) to strengthen engagement of parents in all facets of child and family support for those facing challenges in the Child Protection system.
Achievements to date
- Conducted Parent Cafés and documented the voices of parents talking about what they need to achieve the best for their children.
- Parents as Teachers – trained staff from partner organisations to facilitate the curriculum and approach to working with families within the context of other program or service delivery structures.
- Parents as Advocates – resourced and contributed to a Parent Leadership Training course which enables parents who wish to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning for their children, become advocates for children. Brisbane Partnerships continues to support parents who participated in this course which includes providing guidance to parents as they develop and implement their community project.
- Convened forums and jointly advocated for people with complex needs about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) should support them.
- Successfully tendered for and continue to conduct the Brisbane Emergency Response Outreach Service (BEROS) for children of families in the child protection system.
- Researched and published two major reports:
- Defining Brisbane’s Poverty
When we look at the numbers of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in this city, a worrying picture emerges.
- Literature Review of Effective Parental Engagement Strategies
A summary of effective parental engagement programs prepared by Lori Rubenstein for the Brisbane Partnerships in November 2015.
- Defining Brisbane’s Poverty
Other reports and websitesFor more information about best practice Parent Engagement view:
- Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement – A toolkit for Parents and Community Partner
A quick and easy guide to help support and sustain parent engagement published by the USA First 5 LA’s Partnerships For Families
- A Necessary Engagement: An international review of parent and family engagement in child protection prepared for Anglicare Tasmania
- Marguerite Casey Foundation This foundation exists to help low-income families strengthen their voice and mobilise their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.
- Washington State Parent Ally Committee This committee is an association of Parent Allies, who have successfully navigated the child welfare system and collaborate to improve outcomes for families entering that system.
Brisbane Partnerships member organisations
Community Living Association
Community Living Association (CLA) is a not-for-profit community organisation based in Nundah. Its focus is on supporting people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities and young people at risk to get the most from their lives.
Jabiru Community Youth and Children’s Services Association
Jabiru Youth and Children’s Services Association is a community-based, non-profit organisation committed to providing community services and support for children, young people, and families in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
Kyabra Community Association
Kyabra Community Association is a medium sized multi-service organisation based in Sunnybank which works with families and communities to strengthen family and community life.
Micah Projects is a community based not-for-profit organisation with a vision to create justice and respond to injustice at the personal, social and structural levels in church, government, business and society. Micah Projects provides a range of housing, health and safety support and advocacy services to individuals and families.
Please contact us for more information.
Collaboration Hub, Level 1, 209 Boundary Street, West End Q 4101
Phone 07 3029 7067
Fax 07 3029 7029
Brisbane Emergency Response Outreach Service (BEROS) provides outreach and support for young people aged 12-18 who are in care of Child Safety and are self-placing.
Community Living Association is the lead agency supporting young people to achieve safety and stability in their housing and relationships with family, friends, culture and community.
Kyabra supports young people with access to emergency overnight accommodation.
Micah Projects provides transport to safe and appropriate accommodation for young people in crisis and after-hours outreach support to young people in the community.
Together with young people we aim to address crisis by connecting with resources and people to create safety and stability as quickly as possible.
Jane Street Community Garden in West End, is a not-for-profit community organisation. Micah Projects provides coordination and administrative support for the garden.
Micah Projects, especially The Hive team, supports people to participate in garden activities.
The garden has been operating for 10 years and grows around 200 varieties of organically-grown edible plants.
Reclink Australia is another partner supporting the aims of the Jane Street Community Garden.
To find out more about the garden please visit their dedicated website.
A campaign to house and support people who are homeless in Brisbane.
As at 31 December 2013
A total of 701 people had been surveyed with the Vulnerability Index about their housing, healthcare and support service needs. 230 people had been housed by the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign partners.
A new campaign 500 Lives 500 Homes began with a community-wide registry from Monday 24 March – Friday 4 April 2014. It is a three year campaign to break the cycle of homelessness for families, young people and adults in our community who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
Link to 500 Lives 500 Homes website.
50 Lives 50 Homes - the beginning
The 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign to house and support Brisbane’s vulnerable people experiencing homelessness was launched in June 2010. Micah Projects is committed to meeting the targets set by government to reduce overall homelessness by half and offer housing to all people who sleep rough by 2020. Our colleagues at Common Ground (now known as Breaking Ground) in the USA developed a targeted outreach strategy for the first stage of this work: creating a register of all people who are sleeping rough and prioritising those whose health is most at risk by remaining homeless. Starting with the people who are most entrenched in homelessness made sense and we decided to set achievable targets of housing fifty people at a time, or ‘bite size chunks’, as Becky Kanis from Common Ground Los Angeles would say.
During the week of 7 June, 2010 Micah Projects support and advocacy workers were joined by outreach workers from other agencies and scores of community volunteers to administer the surveys. We went out at 4am in a methodical canvassing of places where people sleep rough in order to meet people before they left the space for the day. Respondents who consented were photographed where they slept for future identification which aids in guaranteeing consistency among teams of outreach workers. Once the data was collected, it was entered into a database and people were then ranked according to their age and prevalence of health indicators. This informed the decision making process when matching available resources in housing and support services to an individual’s need.
The Registry Week culminated in the Homeless to Home Healthcare Forum where healthcare professionals from all over Australia shared their work with vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. The Forum launched a Network of healthcare professionals and organisations with the intention of advancing strategies aimed at meeting the healthcare needs of vulnerable homeless and formerly homeless adults across Brisbane. We were joined at the Forum (and throughout the week) by Dr Jim O’Connell, Becky Kanis and Beth Sandor from Common Ground LA. Their time, energy and expertise were invaluable to this process and they continued to stay in touch with the campaign.
As at 31 December 2013 a total of 701 people had been surveyed with the Vulnerability Index about their housing, healthcare and support service needs. 230 people had been housed by the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign partners. View 50 Lives 50 Homes brochure.
With our partners we began a new campaign 500 Lives 500 Homes with a community-wide registry from Monday 24 March – Friday 4 April 2014.