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Posted 25-06-2019
Why Housing First? Why Not Housing Second? Or Third?

"Housing First is an approach to homelessness that prioritises providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness quickly, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life."

Posted 05-06-2019
Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001

"Homelessness in major cities, especially severe crowding, has risen disproportionately in areas with a shortage of affordable private rental housing and higher median rents."

"Governments must find ways to urgently increase both the supply and size of affordable rental dwellings for people with the lowest incomes. We also require better integration of planning, labour, income support and housing policies targeted to areas of high need."

Posted 14-03-2019
3 cities in the U.S. have ended chronic homelessness: Here’s how they did it

Nine more have ended veteran homelessness. It’s part of a national program called Built for Zero that uses a data-based approach to help officials figure out exactly who needs what services. Now it’s launching in 50 more cities.

"Communities in the program use a coordinated approach. Bergen County, New Jersey, with a population of nearly 1 million, was the first in the country to end chronic homelessness, reaching the goal in 2017. (Six months earlier, it had also ended veteran homelessness.) The county created a “command center” that brought together various organizations working on homelessness, and then began using real-time data about each person experiencing homelessness so that everyone could work together to get them housed. Like many places, Bergen County also committed to a “housing first” approach, meaning that people move into permanent housing as a first step before also getting help with finding a job, mental healthcare, or other issues."

Posted 01-06-2018
Find and Connect receive their first international award.

A big congratulations to Find and Connect on receiving their first international award (the Society of American Archivists Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award), and the only successful project outside of the US and Canada to win this prestigious prize.

Posted 16-05-2018
Homelessness: Australia’s shameful story of policy complacency and failure continues

"Exactly a decade ago in 2008, the Australian government committed to an ambitious strategy to halve national homelessness by 2020. Through stepped-up early intervention, better homelessness services and an expanded supply of affordable housing, the problem would be tackled with conviction. Instead, as succeeding governments regrettably abandoned the 2008 strategy, homelessness in Australia has been on the rise."

"Last week’s federal budget offered no response to this concern. And the problem is fast getting worse, as highlighted in our new Australian Homelessness Monitor, prepared for independent community organisation Launch Housing. Emulating a respected UK annual monitoring project, this report is a comprehensive national analysis of the state of homelessness in Australia together with the potential policy, economic and social drivers of the trends across the country."

Posted 27-03-2018
Wealthy Tax Concessions Costing $68 Billion a Year

“Our report shows that characterisations of the poorest Australians as a burden on the economy are inaccurate and, if we are to worry about unnecessary imposts on the budget, there is a very strong case for reducing tax concessions and other direct benefits to our wealthiest citizens,” Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

Posted 19-03-2018
Five-year homelessness funding to provide more stability

For the first time since 2013, an agreement between the federal and state governments has been reached to provide funding in a five-year blocks to let agencies plan long-term to fight rising homelessness.

In Queensland, that means assured five-year funding for 89 non government organizations to provide 170 specialist homelessness services.

Posted 02-03-2018
South Australia to opt in to National Redress Scheme for sex abuse victims

South Australia will opt into the National Redress Scheme for sexual abuse survivors after a deal was struck to recognise the state’s already established compensation scheme, Premier Jay Weatherill says.

Mr Weatherill had previously held out from opting in to a national scheme, arguing SA should not have to “pay twice” because other states had been slow to set up redress schemes.

The federal scheme provides much greater compensation for victims, granting payments of up to $150,000, as well as access to psychological support.

In contrast, the state scheme’s compensation is capped at $50,000 for cases before 2015, and $100,000 for cases after that.

Posted 14-02-2018
The PM and premiers forgot about sexual abuse compensation

"When the nation’s premiers and chief ministers fronted the media on Friday, following their COAG meeting with the prime minister, there was one notable issue missing from the post-meeting remarks.

It’s almost impossible to imagine the horror that was inflicted on these children, and the psychological burden they’ve carried since.

And yet now the very governments and institutions that let them down in the first place are squabbling over the cost and political implications of establishing a national scheme that will provide little more than token compensation."

Posted 06-02-2018
Statement on past mental health practices – The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

"The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists commends the Queensland Government's acknowledgment of the past harmful mental health treatment of children in state care, and supports its commitment to meaningfully reconciling with all those affected."