Posted 17-10-2016
Poverty in Australia 2016 report - child poverty on the rise

Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)' report shows that 731,300 children or 17.4% of all children in Australia are living in poverty, an increase of 2 percentage points over the past 10 years (from 2004-2014).

The report finds that nearly three million people were living in poverty in Australia in 2014, or 13.3% of the general population.

“The overall picture from the last decade is one of persistent and entrenched poverty across the community with an increase in child poverty. It is a national shame that after 25 years of economic growth, we have not done better at changing this trajectory and ensuring our most precious national resource, our children, are given the best possible start in life,” said ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie.

Posted 10-09-2016
Brisbane Common Ground Evaluation Snapshot

Brisbane Common Ground is run on a unified supportive housing model. The positive relationships and shared objectives of housing, support, and security providers are the key to its success.

This 2016 snapshot is from Brisbane Common Ground Evaluation: Final Report by Dr Cameron Parsell. The report was prepared for the Queensland Government, Department of Housing and Public Works by the Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland. 

Posted 10-08-2016
Housing First: A roadmap to ending homelessness in Brisbane

A permanent end to homelessness in Brisbane can and should be a reality, but no single organisation can achieve this in isolation. This 2016 Roadmap provides a practical action plan for government and non-government agencies, businesses and individual citizens to work together, so a permanent end to homelessness is a reality.

Posted 25-07-2016
What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

Report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), July 2016

AHURI Final Report No.265

Authors: Lisa Wood, Paul Flatau, Kaylene Zaretzky, Sarah Foster, Shannen Vallesi, Darja Miscenko.
Copyright: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited 2016

This research found that supporting formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in Western Australia reduced their use of health services as well as the frequency with which they did so. The reduction in health service use, which was particularly evident for hospital stays and psychiatric care, could save WA $4,846 per person per year for a total of $16.4 million per year. This increases to $84,135 per person per year for clients of the NPAH Mental Health program.

Posted 03-06-2016
Micah Projects Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018

From the inception of Micah Projects, our mission as an organisation was informed by the over-representation of First Peoples who were experiencing homelessness on the streets of Brisbane.

The organisation’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) extended from 2013-2015. We reported annually to Reconciliation Australia (RA) on the progress of the RAP targets and in 2015 most of the 2013-2015 targets had been met. The new RAP sets our direction for the future and builds upon our past commitment.

This development of our RAP has allowed us the time to reflect on our origins, to celebrate our growth and to also renew our understanding of how central First Peoples are to what we do and why we are here. We have learnt that our history plays a vital role in our future and it is in this emerging space that we move forward together. 

Posted 26-11-2015
500 Lives 500 Homes – halfway there!

We know the problem, we have the solutions and we’ve identified the strategies and goals that will see us through the next half of the campaign and beyond.

500 Lives 500 Homes is a three year campaign to break the cycle of homelessness for 500 families, young people and adults in our community who are homeless or vulnerably housed. By getting to know each person by name and surveying their individual health, housing and support needs, we can respond in the best way to each person and get them housed fast.

Posted 10-11-2015
Micah Projects Highlights from our Story 1995–2015

2015 was our 20th year as an incorporated organsation. This timeline is a snapshot of the major milestones for Micah Projects over 20 years.

Posted 01-05-2015
‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland

In February 2015 the Premier announced the release of the Taskforce’s report and recommendations into domestic and family violence in Queensland, ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

“In Queensland the number of reported incidents increased from 58,000 in 2011-12 to 66,000 in 2013-14. What this means is that there are about 180 reports to police of domestic violence incidents every day. … It is beholden upon all of us—every single citizen of this diverse, vibrant state—to take a stand against domestic and family violence; to commit to protecting the vulnerable; and to make it clear to those who would hurt another, within a relationship of intimacy and trust, that we will not tolerate, excuse, condone or accept their behaviour," Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Chair, Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

Posted 27-04-2015
A place I can proudly call home: Every Australian Counts campaign – housing stories

Over 650 people with disability, their families and carers shared their housing stories detailing the challenges they face with inadequate housing now, and their fears for the future. Published in April 2015.

They also shared their dreams, their hopes and their aspirations for appropriate housing that supports them to live their lives independently and to the full.

For more information visit Every Australian Counts.