Housing Forum

Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum

CONGRATULATIONS 

To the Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum for being selected as a finalist in the 2013 National Homelessness Services Achievement Awards. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 1 May 2013 at the Melbourne Town Hall. Two representatives from the Forum will be there for the ceremony. GOOD LUCK


The Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum aims to provide an open forum for workers, government and other interested parties to come together to discuss the changing environment and concerns of the Housing and Homelessness sector.

The forum works to:
  • Promote effective collaboration across the sector
  • Increase connections and partnerships with others in the community sector
  • Increase the communities awareness and understanding of homelessness
  • Develop creative solutions in an interactive manner
  • Operate for the benefit of those who access services and support them irrespective of gender, age, country of birth, language, cultural, sexual orientation or religion.

Goals

  • To create better outcomes for clients
  • To work more cohesively and efficiently together
  • Keep the big picture knowledge to understand how the smaller picture works eg NRAS and housing demands in social housing

Meetings Dates:

The Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum meet every 3 months:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Smaller working groups also operate outside these times to work on specific joint projects and initiatives.

Major initiatives

Homelessness flow chart

Over the last 6 months a small working party have been developing a new resource for workers in the homelessness sector but also for those that may be facing the possibility of losing their home. 

The flow chart has been designed for easy use and provides a path for the those who need it to be more aware of the places that they can access help and support from.

The new Homelessness Flow Chart was launched on Tuesday 7 September as part of Homeless Persons Week activties at Ozcare Mens Hostel.

Current activities and projects

Youth Homlessness Matters Day

YHMD occured on Wednesday 10 April 2013. This year we set up the "Chattin Couch" in the CBD Pavilion in Bundaberg's main street area.

The community were invited to come and chat on the couch and talk about youth homelessness figures and how this can occur to young people. Information was provided from the ABS from the 2011 Census Figures.

  • 105 237 people were homeless in Australia in 2011
  • 19 838 people were homeless in QLD in 2011
  • 8 075 young people under 24 years of age were homeless in QLD in 2011

Of this 8 075 young people:

  • 3 428 were under 12 years of age
  • 2 023 were 12-18 yaers of age
  • 2 623 were 19-24 yaers of age

Services from the Bundaberg Housing Forum were on site to talk with the community about the issue and highlight what there service provides in our community.

 

youth development YHMD

Bond Loans and Rental Grants Eligibility tool

You can now access an eligibility tool for bond loans and rental grants provided by the QLD Government Housing and Public Works - Housing Services. 

Special days/weeks of observance:

  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day - April each year (coincides with National Youth Week)
  • Homeless Persons Week - August each year (6-12 August 2012)
  • World Homeless Day - 10 October each year

What is the definition of homelessness

Definitions of ‘homelessness' are the subject of ongoing debate. Some will focus on the standard or the nature of a person's accommodation while others focus on the issue of safety and security.

A Definition of Homelessness

The most commonly accepted definition of homelessness is Mackenzie and Chamberlain's (1992) definition which categories homelessness into three broad areas: 

Primary homelessness is experienced by people without conventional accommodation (e.g. sleeping rough, squatters, using cars etc or in improvised dwellings).

Secondary homelessness  is experienced by people who frequently move from one temporary shelter to another (e.g. emergency accommodation, youth and women refuges, ‘couch-surfing').

Tertiary homelessness  is experienced by people staying in accommodation that falls below minimum community standards (e.g. boarding houses, caravan parks, and forced share arrangements).

This definition was adopted by the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness in 2001 and is widely used in the community sector

We must see ‘Homelessness' as much more than ‘houselessness'

Many of us don't just think of our home as merely a place of shelter, usually a ‘home' is not just a house it represents family, friendships and social connections with others.

A homeless person could even be someone who does have a home, but whose home is unsafe, for example where there's the threat of violence, conflict or family breakdown.

Being homeless is not always just about housing. It's also about missing a stable connection to a network of friends, family and the community.

Links to services and information on housing and homelessness

Peak bodies

Homelessness Australia: www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au

Australian Council of Social Service: www.acoss.org.au

Mental Health Council of Australia: www.mhca.org.au

Government Bodies - Federal

Centrelink: www.centrelink.gov.au

Department of Health and Aging: www.health.gov.au

Government Bodies - State

Qld Government: www.qld.gov.au

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: www.communities.qld.gov.au

Department of Housing and Public Works:  www.communities.qld.gov.au/housing/housing-services

HACC (Home and Community Care): www.health.qld.gov.au/hacc/

Research and information

National Homelessness Information Clearinghouse: www.homelessnessinfo.net.au

Youth Homelessness

Y Foundations: www.yaa.com.au

 

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