Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 1 April 2020

Homelessness Agencies are considered essential services and are continuing to deliver services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The moratorium on evictions is a positive news and the emphasis on property owners to be considering adjustments to rents for tenants impacted by COVID-19. Agencies in your region are struggling to meet the current requests for service and this is only going to increase as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to have an impact financially, socially and psychologically.

You can follow updates on the Barwon & South West Homelessness Network Facebook page

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 1 April 2020



Vic Parks COVID-19 response: permitted operations includes (f) a person who requires emergency accommodation, including in relation to family violence and other vulnerable groups.
FEED GeelongWhere can I get emergency food in Geelong (last updated 31st March-see attachment)
Tenants Victoria- Residential Tenancies Update
VCOSS- 2020 Victorian budget submission- A State of Wellbeing
Consumer Affairs Victoria- Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act resources for community organistions
SHS training calendar for Semester One (postponed delivery until after May)
Consumer Affairs Victoria- the rental laws are changing
The Specialist Homelessness Sector Transition Plan Hub update on progress
COVID-19 health advice
VCOSS- COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Community Services sector V1 at 25th March (see attached)
Economic Justice Australia- 30th March- Claiming Centrelink during COVID-19 factsheet
Consumer Affairs Victoria- Advice in a disaster information on housing, evictions and tenants in crisis
Health Translations for people from diverse backgrounds
Cash flow assistance for NFP’s


CHIA Vic Conference on May 25th and 26th in 2020 (postponed)
The Federal Government Inquiry into Homelessness –submissions due on the 9th April
The Council to Homeless Persons submission to the Victorian Homelessness Inquiry
AHURI National Homelessness Conference in Canberra on 10-12 August registrations are on hold

Previous news updates…

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 25 Jun 2020

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 25 Jun 2020

News: The Conversation- 22nd June- ‘Confusing and not delivering enough’: developers and councils want new affordable housing rules.The Age- 13th June- How the shock of COVID-19 could end street homelessness in VictoriaPRObono News- 18th June- Vulnerable Aussies...

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 09 Jun 2020

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 09 Jun 2020

News: The Sydney Morning Herald- 8th June- NSW launches $36 million to get rough sleepers into homesThe Conversation- 1st June- Money for social housing, not home buyers grants, is the key to construction stimulusThe Sydney Morning Herald- 3rd June- Social Housing...

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 28 May 2020

Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 28 May 2020

News: ABC News- 28th May- Victoria’s family violence hubs are rushed and failing to demonstrate benefit, report findsPRObono News- 27th May- Youth drug and alcohol use on the risePRObono News- 25th May- The communities left behind in the pandemicABC News-...




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