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Friday 6th February 2015
Housing and Homelessness News

Shelter Tas Budget Submission 2015-16 
Shelter Tas' submission to the State Government Budget process for 2015-16 has been completed and forwarded to Treasury and DHHS. The 26 recommendations are covered under 4 main topics: 'Sustainable Funding for the Housing and Homelessness Sector', 'Consumers First', 'Gaps in the System' and 'Joined Up Issues'.
Thanks to Shelter Tas members for your valuable contributions and suggestions. Click here to view the Submission, and please contact us on 6224 5488 if you would like us to post a copy out to you.


Report on Government Services
The Annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This report will be progressively released between 28 January - 6 February 2015.  To read the housing and homelessness report click here.


CHFA Resolves to Proceed with Restructure to a National Industry Body
The Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA) Board held a joint meeting with CHFA’s national industry body working party on 3 February to review the proposal to restructure CHFA and State peak community housing organisations into a single national industry body. The Board will commit resources to mount a sector-wide campaign that will include petitioning both Federal and State governments to support the development of a industry body dedicated to growing the not-for-profit community housing sector as a major provider of affordable housing. For more details on this announcement, go to CHFA's special edition eBulletin.


Last Chance to Register for Cert IV Training Units
Don't forget to enroll in the upcoming Cert. IV in Social Housing training units - 'Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework' and 'Manage tenancy rent, charges and rental arrears'. Places are limited, so be quick! Go to the 'Events and Training' section of the eNews for more details. 
 
Factoid of the Week I Affordable Dwellings 

Very-low-income households (lowest 20%) faced a shortage of 187,000 affordable dwellings nationally in 2011, up from 138,000 in 2006. 

Hulse K, Reynolds M and Yates J. 2014. 'Changes in the supply of affordable housing in the private rental sector for lower income households, 2006-11'. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. 
Media Releases

More homelessness funding
Minister for Social Services, Thursday 5 February 2015. Click here.

Extra $17 million for frontline social services as Stronger Relationships trial ends
Minister for Social Services, Sunday 1 February 2015. Click here.

Productivity Commission report signals growing rental crisis
National Shelter, Wednesday 28 January 2015. Click here.
Research and Articles

Précising the Federation Review Housing Issues Paper
AHURI Evidence Review #70, Wednesday 4 February 2015. Click here.

Home ownership dreaming (podcast)
ABC Radio National, Monday 2 February 2015. Click here.

Examining the relationship between structural factors, individual characteristics, and homelessness
AHURI Positioning Paper #161, January 2015. Click here.

Lambie for waiving of public housing debt
The Examiner, Friday 23 January 2015. Click here.

Homeless turned away as shelters overflow
The Examiner, Thursday 29 January 2015. Click here.

Higher-density living can make us healthier, but not on its own
The Conversation, Thursday 29 January 2015. Click here.

Budget must provide community sector sustainability - ACOSS 
Pro Bono Australia, Thursday 29 January 2015. Click here.
Events and Training

Forum with Treasurer Peter Gutwein
You are invited to attend an informal 'conversation' with Tasmanian Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, to be hosted by The Institute for the Study of Social Change and the Tasmanian branch of the Economic Society of Australia. The conversation will be facilitated by Professor Richard Ecclestone, and will conclude with a general Q&A session.
When: Tuesday February 10 2015
Time: 5.15pm - 6.30pm (presentation commencing at 5.30pm)
Where: Menzies Research Institute Theatre 115 (off main reception), 17 Liverpool Street Hobart
Cost: Free, no RSVP necessary.
Professor Mardi Dungey from the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics will be hosting a similar conversation with Opposition Treasury Spokesman, Scott Bacon in April.

 

AHRC Conference Reminder
The Australasian Housing Researchers Conference will be held in Hobart from 18-20 February 2015. Register now to be part of this event, which includes a joint presentation from Shelter Tas' Cynthia Townley and Deb Lewis from COTA Tas - 'Towards age friendly solutions for landlords and renters'. For more information and registration, go to the AHRC website.  


Cert. IV in Social Housing Training Units
The Centre for Training in Social Housing (CTSH) is offering seven units of accredited training for study. The units are available to Shelter Tas members from the affordable housing and homelessness sector at a subsidised rate of 80%, supported by Skills Tasmania (the employer contribution is just 20% of the total cost). Units can be taken individually, or as part of the Certificate IV in Social Housing and a full list of the available units and study details are available on our website. Most units are offered via e-learning, which makes them accessible to anyone, State-wide. Experienced trainers will provide ongoing support for e-learning units. There are only 12 places available in each unit, so enroll now to make sure you don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity. The next units of study are ‘Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework’, scheduled for 19 February 2015 at the Shelter Tas office in Hobart and ‘Manage tenancy rent, charges and rental arrears’ via e-Learning starting 16 February 2015 for 4 weeks. Please complete the enrollment form (go to our website) and return it to trainingenquiries@communityhousing.org.au.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Saide, CTSH Training Manager on (02) 9281 1744 ext 215 or the Shelter Tas office on (03) 6224 5488. 


Workshop: Creating Sustainable Communities in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods
The Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU) at the University of Tasmania invites you to attend a Community Development workshop.
The workshop will focus on recent research that aims to contribute to the development of sustainable communities in areas experiencing entrenched disadvantage. This research is taking place in the context of public housing stock transfers to the community sector that have seen intensified efforts to address place-based social and economic exclusion.
The workshop will be made up of two sessions. Each session will comprise
presentations from 3-4 speakers offering findings from their own research. 
Date and Time: Monday 23 February 2015
Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm

Venue: University of Tasmania, Hobart
RSVP and Queries: Dr Rebecca Dorgelo - T: (03) 2226 2350, E: Rebecca.dorgelo@utas.edu.au
Other News

Grant Alert - The Mercy Foundation Small Grants Program
The Mercy Foundation offers a Small Grants Program once a year. Small grants are provided for a range of social justice and community initiatives and prioritises those activities and projects which focus on addressing disadvantage in regards to women and children. The types of project areas that may be funded include: poverty, domestic violence, women’s groups and activities, activities that focus on assisting children, women and/or children with disability, mental health and addictions. However, the Small Grants Program are not limited to these areas and these are only provided as a guide.
Funding under this program would average about $2,500 per organisation and would never exceed $5,000. The Small Grants program is only available to non-profit organisations. This program does not fund individuals or for-profit organisations. Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding. For further information and a copy of the selection criteria and application form, go to the Mercy Foundation website. Closes March 31 2015.



Reminder - Contributions for the February 2015 Edition of Parity Closing Soon
Contributions to the 'Homelessness Outreach' edition of Parity, The Council to Homeless Persons' magazine, is February 13 2015.  All contributions should be submitted as Word attachments to an email addressed to parity@chp.org.au.  Contributions can be up to 1,600 words, which will be a double page spread. Single page articles can be up to 800 words in length. Contributions of a greater length should be discussed with the Parity Editor.  If you have any questions at all about contributing to this edition please contact the Parity Editor by email parity@chp.org.au or ring (03) 8415 6200.  Detailed information on referencing and writing guidelines for Parity can be found here.  


Applications Still Open for 2015 iTrack Mentoring
The Smith Family provide hundreds of disadvantaged young people around the country with a friendly and supportive online mentor as part of their iTrack program. iTrack gives working professionals the opportunity to mentor a high school student for an hour a week (for a period of 18 weeks, during school terms), with a goal to support and inform students who are beginning to develop their post-school plans. Students from low socio-economic status areas are matched with active members of the workforce who can offer encouragement, advice and share the benefit of their experience. Go to The Smith Family website to register your interest, which will be closing soon, so be quick to ensure your place! 
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