Barwon Homelessness Network Update – 14 April 2020

News:

ABC News- 13th April- NSW Government to announce $440 million coronavirus rental assistance with moratorium on forced evictions
The Age- 8th April- Landlords rush to throw out tenants in eviction ban confusion
The Guardian- 6th April – Disrupting the disruptors: how COVID-19 will shake up Airbnb
Media Release- 10th April – Safe Places for the Homeless to Recover and Isolate
Media Release- 10th April- A Safe Place to Escape Family Violence during Coronavirus
PRObono News-8th April- ‘We can’t go back to the way things were’: COVID-19 shifts homelessness services
PRObono News- 2nd April- Government boosts funding for mental health and domestic violence services
ABC News- 5th April– The coronavirus threat amongst the homeless is ‘a ticking time bomb’ for Australia
ABC News- 1st April- ASIC warns real estate agents against advising tenants to access superannuation to pay the rent
The Standard- 27th March- Social distancing in a remote world-what can we learn from young people
ABC News- 31st March- Coronavirus hotels policy shows governments can tackle street homelessness immediately, advocates say
The Conversation- 6th April- What if I can’t pay my rent? These are the options for rent relief in Australia

Training/Events/Resources:

Australian Alliance to End Homelessness- Rough Sleeping Responses to COVID-19 Forum (YouTube)
With Respect- COVID-19 and Family Violence for LGBTIQ+ people
Directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer- Care Facilities Directions (homelessness staffed services and residential facilities)
Australian Government JobKeeper payment- frequently asked questions
DVIRC and DV Vic merger announcement
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 3rd April-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 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
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

Conferences/Grants/Submissions:

CHIA Vic Conference on May 25th and 26th in 2020 (postponed)
The Federal Government Inquiry into Homelessnesssubmissions postponed
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…

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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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