Shelter Tas Management Committee and staff wish you a safe and happy Easter. The Shelter Tas office will be closed from 5pm Thursday 2nd April - 9.00am Wednesday 8th April 2015.
National Plan to Tackle the Housing Affordability Crisis
A number of peak community and housing groups have called on the Commonwealth Government to work with them in developing a national housing strategy to address the worsening housing affordability crisis in Australia.
The groups, including National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Federation of Australia, Australian Council of Social Services, and the National Association of Tenant Organisations released ‘An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda’ during a national day of action on 24th March 2015. The strategy outlines reform priorities to achieve an efficient and affordable housing system that strengthens productivity and participation.
Reforming the tax treatment of housing to remove distortions and improve affordability
Public and private investment in new affordable housing stock to address the shortfall in affordable housing stock
Reform of urban planning, land and building regulation to retain, promote and create affordable housing
Increasing the maximum rate and improving indexation of Commonwealth Rent Assistance to relieve rental stress
Reforming tenancy protections to provide more security for renters; and
Adequate and consistent funding for homelessness services to ensure we meet our goal of halving homelessness by 2020.
ALP Discussion Paper on Housing Affordability
The ALP has released their discussion paper on housing affordabilty and are seeking submissions, with a closing date of 1st May 2015. Labor's Housing Affordability Strategy Discussion Paper can be accessed at here and submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelter WA - Reform of the Federation
Shelter WA's Senior Research and Policy Officer, Shae Garwood, gives her Reflections on the Reform of the Federation following Shelter WA's participation in the roundtable discussion, on 18th February 2015, which formed part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's consultation on the Reform of the Federation Housing and Homelessness Issue Paper.
Donations to Shelters
Shelter Tas would like to acknowledge and thank two local companies for their recent generous donations. Hadleys Hotel has donated a number of pillows, and Beauty and the Bees continues to provide soap and shampoo bars. These items are being distributed to SHS services across the State.
A Little Easter Treat
No, it's not chocolate, but we thought you might like a little something to start off the holiday mood
CHFV Conference 2015 - View to a Room: Planning the Future of Community Housing
This one-day program, to be held on Thursday 21st May 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, offers the best view to the future of social housing delivery in Victoria. The program will present an exciting mix of content including political and academic perspectives as well as practical viewpoints to challenge your thinking and expand your knowledge. Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing, will deliver his first major speech on his vision for social housing under a Labor Government. To register click here, or download the program. Early bird rates apply for bookings before 7th May 2015.
City of Hobart Volunteer Recognition and Best Practice Awards
The City of Hobart invites all community organisations that operate in the Hobart municipal area to nominate for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Two volunteers from each nominated community organisation are invited to a Volunteer Recognition Reception to receive an award on behalf of all volunteers in their organisation. All organisations co-ordinating voluntary work within the Hobart municipal area are also invited to nominate for the Award for Best Practice in Volunteer Management. This award recognises best practice in the co-ordination, training, support and recognition of volunteers, in the following categories:
organisations with less than 20 volunteers
organisations with 20 volunteers and more
corporate volunteering programs
For more information visit the City of Hobart website or phone Joel Winter 6238 2413.
The City of Hobart - Community and Cultural Grants
The City of Hobart is offering a one-off round of small grants up to a maximum of $3,000 for community and cultural activities which:
occur between June and November 2015; and
are undertaken or offered within the Hobart municipal area.
Incorporated, not-for-profit organisations or auspiced individuals or groups that are not incorporated are eligible to apply.
Projects will be assessed in terms of their capacity to:
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