If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

The Everybody’s Home campaign is encouraging people with stories of housing struggles to share their experiences with the new PM Scott Morrison, Bill Shorten, and Richard Di Natalie.

This is a great opportunity to connect clients, as well as supporters and staff who may have their own challenging experiences of housing, to the campaign.

You can use, or modify, the text below to invite people to take the action and engage with #EverybodysHome

Share Your Story

If you’ve found it hard to find a safe and secure home, will you share your story with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale, to remind them how crucial it is that they fix the broken housing system?

We know that more and more Australians every day are living in rental stress, paying more than they can afford in order to have a roof over their head. It’s become a ‘normal’ way of life for people right across the country to have to sacrifice essentials, such as food, medicines or heating – or even just to miss out on life’s little pleasures, like occasionally seeing a movie, or eating a meal out. It doesn’t have to be this way – there are solutions, things that our leaders can do to fix housing.

But our leaders need to put a face to the housing affordability issue. They need to hear it first-hand, from people like you, so that they understand how very serious the issue of housing affordability is in Australia – so that we can convince them that taking action to fix the problem should be their priority.

Will you share your story with the leaders of the major Parties now, to convince them all to fix the system, so that all Australians have a place to call home?

How does your organisation compare?

Do you want to be able to compare your organisation’s workforce data with your peers and gain insights into Board remuneration data?

Now is the time to register for Round 3 of the House Keys Workforce benchmarking project.

This is a very exciting project for the industry as it will provide a national perspective on our workforce with peer group comparisons. Round 2 of House Keys Workforce had 26 participating CHPs from 6 jurisdictions.

To ensure that the most up to date information as possible is available, Round 3 will collect workforce data from the financial year that has just ended (2017-18).

To take part, please return a signed copy of the user agreement before Thursday 26th July.

The timetable is as follows:

·         Sign up period – till 26 July 2018

·         Data submission window  – August 2018

·         Platform set up and testing – September 2018

·         Launch – end September 2018

Once the registration period has closed, you will receive further instructions on how to access the platform and submit your workforce data. A full list of workforce data indicators can be found in appendix 1 of the House Keys Workforce User Agreement.

Queries can be made to LeoniL@communityhousing.org.au or phone 02 9690 2447 ext 203.

Community housing houses those in greatest need: AIHW

The number of households in community housing doubled in the decade to 2016–17, a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found.

The AIHW report, Housing assistance in Australia 2018, found that, whilst public housing provides 80 per cent of social housing, the number of households in community housing has grown by 117 per cent since 2007–08.

The report also found that more than four in five (86 per cent) of community housing dwellings were tenanted by those in greatest need.

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CHIA NSW conference a hit

Congratulations to the newly re-named CHIA NSW for an excellent two-day affordable housing conference in Sydney last week. With a host of international speakers and diverse presentations it was a great opportunity to hear what others in the community housing sector are doing.

One of the stand out sessions was the presentation by David Orr, from the National Housing Federation, UK, on how the housing industry in the UK united behind a successful campaign to put solving the housing crisis on the political agenda in 2015.

The importance of communicating the story of community housing and its value to media, politicians, and potential collaborators in the broader housing industry was a theme that carried throughout the conference. This could involve making friends with your local media outlet, inviting local politicians to any openings you have, or building connections with the development industry to create innovative partnerships.

The conference challenged our sector to think about how we can work with what is within our control. My Foundations Youth Housing CEO Rebecca Mullins spoke about their work with Sydney developer TOGA to create a pop-up youth homelessness residence for homeless students while the site was going through the planning process for redevelopment. Haven; Home, Safe CEO Ken Marchingo spoke about the impact their concierge program has in reducing anxiety and improving the experience of people coming into their offices. Hume Community Housing CEO Nicola Lemon spoke about their organisations efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of gen Y staff, which included highlighting the benefits available, the company culture, and the bright future of their organisation, and the creation and adoption of company values.

Prime Minister must not walk away from indigenous housing

The future of the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) – a 10-year partnership to build and refurbish housing in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Australia – is in doubt with its funding due to end in June.

Queensland’s peak body for the housing and homelessness sector, Q Shelter, says the Commonwealth Government has not made any commitments to the partnership beyond June.

Q Shelter’s Executive Director, Leone Crayden, says that the state and Commonwealth governments had made significant inroads in reducing overcrowding and improving the quality of housing for people living in remote communities.

‘Commonwealth and state governments committed $5.4 billion over 10 years to build and refurbish thousands of homes across Australia,’ Ms Crayden says.

‘The Prime Minister’s own report into the program last year praised state governments for exceeding their targets in delivering new homes, refurbishing older houses, and providing employment opportunities for local communities.’

However, Ms Crayden says that despite this success, the job was far from over in addressing housing need in remote communities.

‘In Queensland, we’ve almost halved overcrowding but there’s still severe housing need across remote areas of the state.

‘This program hasn’t been perfect, and there’re a lot of areas that we could revise and tweak to achieve even better outcomes.

‘Right now all we need is a commitment from the Commonwealth that they’re willing to provide medium to long term funding for remote housing.’

Without ongoing funding and support, the $5.4 billion that’s been invested through NPRH could be all for nothing, Ms Crayden says.

$500,000 funding for social and affordable housing

Homes for Homes is opening its first-ever funding round for projects that will increase the supply of social and affordable housing, with $300,000 available in Victoria and $200,000 available in the ACT. Homes for Homes is an initiative of The Big Issue, established to tackle the chronic shortage of housing – one of Australia’s most […]

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