Friday 27th February 2015
Housing and Homelessness News

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Shelter Tas/COTA Conference Presentation
Cynthia Townley, Shelter Tas Policy Officer, and Deb Lewis, COTA Operations Manager, presented at the Australian Housing Researchers Conference in Hobart last week. The joint paper was 'Tasmania: Age Friendly for Renters?' COTA and Shelter Tas will continue to collaborate on common concerns such as affordable housing for older Tasmanians. 
Factoid of the Week I Older People & Housing Stress

In Tasmania in 2011, 21% of older people aged 65+ years were counted at home in households experiencing housing stress, and, 63.7% of Tasmanians aged 65+ years lived under the poverty line of $400 per week, compared with just over 30% of all Tasmanians.

'Facing the Future: A baseline profile on older Tasmanians’ – COTA 2013. page 77

Research and Articles

Youth 'driven from home'
The Examiner, Friday 20 February 2015. Click here.

Costs of Youth Homelessness Revealed - Swinburne University reveals the extreme difficulties faced by homeless young people in Australia
Pro Bono News, Tuesday February 17 2015. Click here.

Sector to respond to Senate Funding Inquiry
Pro Bono News, Tuesday 17 February, 2015. Click here.

A new system for better employment and social outcomes - final report
Australian Policy Online, Wednesday 25 February 2015. Click here.

Government announces a $240 million cut to spending in the social services sector over the next four years, Panel: social services cuts (radio)
ABC Radio National Breakfast, Tuesday 17 February, 2015. Click here

Homelessness and housing stress among police detainees: results from the DUMA program
Australian Policy Online, Thursday 12 February 2015. Click here.

Shelters for domestic violence victims in crisis
Daily Life, Thursday 19 February 2015. Click here.
Events and Training
National Housing Conference 2015
The National Housing Conference will be held on the 28 – 30 October at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.  This year’s conference will explore how leadership, partnerships and innovation can improve housing supply and affordability and strengthen service delivery by government and the community sector. Click here to register.

Industrial Relations for Community Sector Employers
Jobs Australia is running training on Industrial Relations Essentials for Community Sector Employers on Wednesday 18 March, from 9.00am to 3.30pm at The Tramsheds Function Centre, 4 Invermay Road, Launceston.
To find out more or to register click here.

Other News
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Small Grants for Rural Communities (Round 27) – closes 27 March 2015
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate. For more information click here.

Australia Post Neighbourhood Community Grants
The Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program recognises the important role our smaller charities and community groups play in connecting people, and positively shaping our nation. Community organisations are encouraged to apply for funding of one-off cash payments of up to $10 000.  Applications close on Thursday 2 April.  For more information click here

A place to call home
El Gibbs' winning entry in the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, looks at the link between housing security and mental health. Read here.
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