Housing Stress - Hasluck

Do you live in the Electorate of Hasluck?

We’re all affected – but there’s a solution for everyone. Renters, first homebuyers and people who just need a safe roof over their heads. What happens to one of us, affects everybody.

It’s time to fix the housing system. Find out more.

 


Housing Stress - Cowan

Do you live in the Electorate of Cowan? 

We’re all affected – but there’s a solution for everyone. Renters, first homebuyers and people who just need a safe roof over their heads. What happens to one of us, affects everybody.

It’s time to fix the housing system. Find out more.

Inside Housing - April 18/2019

Please read the latest edition of our fortnightly newsletter, Inside Housing

Inside this edition... 

• Shelter WA has joined forces with the Everybody’s Home campaign to highlight the importance of fixing Australia’s broken housing system. 
• Senator Doug Cameron, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, TAFE and Apprenticeships outlines Labor’s housing and homelessness policies in Perth.
• New tenancy laws to protect family and domestic violence victims have come into effect.

Plus heaps more including, Youth Homeless Matters Day and the National Homelessness Week theme for this year is ‘Home, Safe Home’.

Click here to read our newsletter.

Shelter WA is an independent peak body, based in Perth Western Australia, that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness.

National Homelessness Week

National Homelessness Week is held every year during the first week of August.

This year it falls between 5-11 August 2019.

The Western Australian theme for the week is ‘Home, Safe Home’. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of homelessness the issues that people face, and the action needed to end homelessness.

Homelessness Week is coordinated by Shelter WA in consultation with the Homelessness Week Reference Group and the newly formed Lived Experience Working Group.

Homelessness Week in WA continues to be supported by Lotterywest and Department for Communities who have provided funding to Shelter WA to host the week of events.

We are looking forward to hosting another insightful program of events and offering our devolved grants program which enables community organisations to host their own events during the week.

The devolved grants program will open for applications shortly so please keep an eye out in our coming newsletters if your organisation would like to be involved in Homelessness Week 2019.

 

 

 

Youth Homeless Matters Day

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is a national campaign, held annually, aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness amongst decision makers and the wider community. 

This year the day was held on Wednesday, 18 of April the halfway point of National Youth Week. 

Source: Youth Homeless Matters Campaign Kit 2019.

Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA), the active advocate for the non-government youth sector and young people in Western Australia acknowledged the day by having staff spend a day with WA’s Youth Homelessness Advisory Council visiting critical services for young people who experience homelessness, having deep conversations on how to improve the system and celebrating some of the awesome young people and youth workers we have here in WA.


Source: YACWA Facebook Page.

In other youth related news, as part part of Youth Week, YACWA hosted an inclusive arts and culture event at their headquarters in Leederville.

“The artwork is inspired by the Youth Week theme ‘Nurture the Now,’ which can be interpreted in many different ways but is mainly about young people focusing on the present and making sure that they are looking after themselves,” explains Mika Bazeley, YACWA’s WA Youth Week Project Officer.

“As a young person, it can be challenging when faced with pressures from different aspects of your life, which is why it is important that we have events such as this to provide an opportunity for young people to be able to engage with the arts in a meaningful way that improves their wellbeing. It is important that we celebrate the contribution that they make to the Perth community, which we want to capture by creating a collaborative, public art piece that reflects this.”

The public art piece activity was guided by Kamsani Bin Salleh, who is the 2018 Young Person of the Year. Kam, an emerging young Aboriginal artist is known for his intricate designs and reflecting the beauty of the natural world, which he has incorporated into the design that will be built on by young people participating on the day of the event.

The artwork will be developed and then mounted to the side of the Foyer Oxford building in Leederville.

 

 

 


 

 


 

Election Analysis

Election Analysis

National Shelter has analysed the published policies of the ALP, Liberal Party and Greens against its own policy platform for the federal election in May.

National Shelter spokesperson Adrian Pisarski said, “We don’t pick sides in elections and will work with all parties to establish a National Housing Plan, however we have analysed each party’s policies against our own priorities."

National Shelter has identified the 9 key priorities as:

1. Establishing a National Housing Strategy;
2. Reforming Taxation to remove distortions and raise revenue for housing;
3. Housing as Infrastructure with an Urban and Regional Development focus;
4. Financing Affordable Housing via Direct Investment by Governments, Bonds and Incentives for scale private investment;
5. A Fair and Secure Renting System;
6. A Housing Strategy for First Peoples’;
7. Improving the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement;
8. A Strategy to End Homelessness; and
9. Improving Income Support.

Against these criteria National Shelter shows the ALP to have more policies which align with its own and which it believes are required to address housing affordability and to ensure all Australian households have a decent dwelling in which to live.

“The Morrison government has developed some positive initiatives on housing but it falls short on tax reform, new investment in social housing, support for planning reform and other key measures.”

“The ALP has a stated policy to have a dedicated Housing Minister, to lift social and affordable housing supply, has announced a measure to increase affordable housing by 250,000 dwellings and supports reforming tax distortions and planning measures to boost the supply of affordable housing.”

Mr Pisarski said, “The ALP and the Greens also support more accessible housing for people with disability, national standards for renters rights, energy efficiency measures and the re-establishment of the Housing Supply Council.”

 

 

Public Holiday Closures

Shelter WA will be closed on the following days over the Easter and ANZAC Day Periods.

    • Good Friday & Easter Monday. Friday 19 and Monday 22 April respectively.
    • ANZAC Day. Thursday 25 April.

The Shelter WA team would like to wish everyone a restful and safe Easter break.

If you come across somebody needing emergency accommodation they can contact Entrypoint Perth on (08) 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care on (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008. Information on available housing supports across Western Australia, information can be found at Housing Options & Resources here.

Senator Visit

Senator Visit

Senator Doug Cameron, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, TAFE and Apprenticeships outlined Labor’s housing and homelessness policies at a recent visit to Perth.

Speaking at a Shelter WA members only event, participants heard directly from the senator ahead of the 2019 Federal Election to be held on Saturday, 18 May.

L-R Natalie Sangalli, Access Housing; Senator Doug Cameron Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, TAFE and Apprenticeships; Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA; Justine Colyer, Rise Community Network 

Although Senator Cameron retires at the end of this term, he has been the Shadow Housing and Homelessness Minister since 2016. He has been the architect of future housing and homeless policies for the Australian Labor Party.

Senator Cameron began his speech by thanking the National Shelter network for “being his advisors” when he came into the portfolio to give him a solid understanding of the issues facing the sector.

“We’ve got a broken housing market,” Senator Cameron said.

“I don’t think anything epitomises market failure, more than the housing market in Australia.

“We need to build up the community housing sector, the state governments need to deal with the public housing sector and there needs to be alternatives to people to try and get a roof over their head. Labor has taken the view that getting a roof over your head is a basic human right.

“When we were last in Government, we did the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) and the housing that we built through the global financial crisis, with the Social Housing Initiative, made the biggest difference I think in such a short period. We’ve taken the view that housing and homelessness is not just a social issue, it’s a major economic issue for this country and it’s a big part of the infrastructure of the country.

L-R Senator Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, TAFE and Apprenticeships; Eugenie Stockmann, Co-operation Housing; Michael Lennon, Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia

“I’ve been arguing, and we haven’t made any announcement on it yet, but I’m pretty confident that if we win the next Election then housing will be part of the infrastructure portfolio. It is such a massive job creator and deals with productivity in the community that housing should be part of that infrastructure area.”

In terms of Labor promises Senator Cameron outlined the $88m allocated for short-term crisis accommodation.

“We will restore the $88m of funding back into short-term crisis accommodation. We do know there are many young people out there and lots of older women who have no income of any significance at all, that are couchsurfing, sleeping in the back of cars or just living in the street.

“This will make a quick start to get some support out there.

“We made a big policy announcement that we’ve given 250,000 National Rental Affordability Scheme Houses, and that means if you’ve got a rent of just $460 or $470 a week you are saving $90 a week through the NRAS scheme.

“So Chris Bowen (Shadow Treasurer) and Bill Shorten (Leader of the Opposition) have been quite clear that we can actually make the investments that we are making and that the new NRAS, the reformed NRAS we are putting in, has got a couple of big design features that are different to the previous one, its about 6.6-billion dollars over ten years, so it’s a big national investment in housing and it will deal with homelessness issues.

L-R Senator Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, TAFE and Apprenticeships; Michelle Mackenzie, CEO of Shelter WA; John Gelavis; Executive Director Master Builders Association of Western Australia

“We just don’t think that public housing, given that it’s a state government responsibility, that its so run down at the moment that that’s an issue that we can turn around very quickly, and we’ve come to the view the best thing we can do is make that $6.6-billion investment in a new NRAS scheme and we said the NRAS scheme will not go to private investors, it will be run through Community Housing.”

“We think by investing through the community housing sector, the not-for-profit sector, that will deliver an ongoing investment in community housing for decades to come.”

Senator Cameron outlined proposed reform to negative gearing and capital gains tax. He spoke about the importance of investing in housing for Aboriginal people and that like metropolitan housing, remote housing cannot be forgotten.

L-R Michael Lennon, Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia; Garry Ellendor, Community Housing Industry Association (WA) Regional Director

Senator Cameron reinforced the need for all spheres of government to work together. He outlined his support for a good public housing system, but raised concerns with maintenance issues, the quality of stock transferred to community housing providers and the impact of these transfers on Commonwealth Rent Assistance. His view was that Community Housing Providers shouldn’t look to transfers as a foundation for growth.

When his opening speech reached its conclusion, members were encouraged to ask questions directly of the Senator. Questions touched on the following areas:

• Ways to support the sector to grow to scale to deal with a build of 250,000 homes over a ten-year period.
• How a small boutique provider can grow to be financially viable so they can continue offering specialist services.
• How to hold state governments to account to deliver their requirements, such as stock transfers, under national housing agreements.
• Why stock transfers are critical in a WA market context.

Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie thanked members for their contribution to the discussion.

“We would like to thank Senator Cameron for providing the opportunity for our members to meet with him and discuss housing policy. We will continue to advocate for housing and homelessness to remain on the political agenda in the lead up to the Federal Election.”

L-R Lyn Brun, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Access Housing; Carmen Acosta, Executive Manager at Tenancy WA

 

 

Lived Experience Working Group

Members of the Homelessness Week 2019 Lived Experience Working Group met for the first time this week.

The Group was established to advise the Homelessness Week Reference Group on the 2019 Homeless Week program of events to ensure the program amplifies and gives voice to people with lived experience of homelessness.

Shelter WA advertised expressions of interest in March welcoming participants to apply from a wide array of lived experience homelessness backgrounds.

Terms of Reference are finalised, and advice is fed back to the Homelessness Week Reference Group via the lived experience advisors, Kit Scott and Jonathan Shapiera.

Group Chairperson Kit Scott

Group Chairperson Kit Scott opened the meeting and welcomed all. As it was the first meeting connections were made through the sharing of lived experiences, expertise, ideas and perspectives on Homelessness Week. The group has eight participants, two of which are regionally based and participate by teleconference. Preliminary discussions focused on the topics of how to maintain a home after being homeless, debt collectors and removing the stigma of homelessness.

The meeting was observed by Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie and Policy and Projects Officer, Lauren Howe.

The group meets again on Friday, 3 May.

Seven Days' Notice

Seven Days' Notice

New tenancy laws to assist Western Australian renters affected by family and domestic violence are now in force. 

A tenant can end their tenancy with as little as seven days' notice if they or their dependants are impacted by family and domestic violence, even if the perpetrator is not named on the lease. There is no need to go to court. 

Also, If a perpetrator is named on a lease a tenant can make an application to the courts to have them removed from the tenancy agreement which was not possible previously. 

Other key changes will allow tenants affected by family and domestic violence to:

  • Make a rental home safer through lock changes or security upgrades;
  • Sort out disputes about property damage, unpaid rent or bonds; and
  • Seek removal from, or avoid being listed on, a tenancy database if the listing was because of domestic violence.

Shelter WA, Tenancy WA, WACOSS and the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence joined forces to advocate for the swift passage of the Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2018

“This law reform is an important outcome for victims of family and domestic violence,” said Shelter WA Chief Executive Officer Michelle Mackenzie.

“These laws will enable victims to have greater choice and control through more safe and secure housing options."

"We are enabling property managers and landlords to do the right thing and, in the process, hope there will be a reduction in damage to rental homes and less abandonments of premises because the changes allow either party to remain on a lease,” said WA Attorney-General John Quigley.

"A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure these laws can be applied practically, including consultation with the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia who are supportive of the introduction of these new laws and are assisting Consumer Protection to educate property professionals and landlords."

More information is available at www.safetenancy.wa.gov.au.

CaLD Community

CaLD Community

'Gender Based Violence in the CaLD Community'

Early and Forced Marriage, Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation, Honour based killings: How well are these types of violence understood, recognised and responded to in the Domestic Violence sector?

Doctor Carol Kaplanian moved to Australia in 2001 from Jordan in the Middle East. She is Arabic speaking and has extensive experience across cultural family and domestic violence, specialising in honour-based violence. Through her academic studies and work with the WA Police, WA Department of Health and Middle Eastern refugee camps, she has an extensive research background, plus strong training, education and casework experience.

Carol has completed a PhD on ‘Honour-based Violence in Jordan’ this year and has a Bachelor’s Degree in social work and social policy, plus a Masters in social work. She specialises in clinical counselling and working with victims of torture and trauma, the latter of which involved spending an extensive amount of time working in Jordanian refugee camps offering counselling and education to refugees.

Today, she is the State Coordinator for Female Genital Mutilation (training and education) at the Women and Newborn Health service. She is also responsible for developing training on Family and Domestic Violence (CaLD communities) for the Department of Health.

Carol is in the process of publishing her PhD into a book, and publication of several journal articles are on their way. Her research area interest lies in the topic of trauma, gender based violence, domestic violence, refugee and asylum seeker issues and sexual violence.

Tuesday 14 May. 9.00am - 1.00pm. City West Lotteries House - 2 Delhi Street, WEST PERTH.

RSVP by 10 May 2019  kedykristal@womenscouncil.com.au This is a free event.

  

 

Youth Week

Youth Week - 13 to 20 April 2019

As part of this years Youth Week, Leederville’s art map is about to change thanks to the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA), the peak body for youth affairs and an independent and active advocate for the non-government youth sector and young people in Western Australia.

With their premises located on Oxford Street and with a blank wall just begging to have something put on it, YACWA will be hosting an inclusive arts and culture event on Thursday, 18 April from 12.00pm – 5.00pm.

“The artwork is inspired by the Youth Week theme ‘Nurture the Now,’ which can be interpreted in many different ways but is mainly about young people focusing on the present and making sure that they are looking after themselves,” explains Mika Bazeley, YACWA’s WA Youth Week Project Officer.

“As a young person, it can be challenging when faced with pressures from different aspects of your life, which is why it is important that we have events such as this to provide an opportunity for young people to be able to engage with the arts in a meaningful way that improves their wellbeing. It is important that we celebrate the contribution that they make to the Perth community, which we want to capture by creating a collaborative, public art piece that reflects this.”

The public art piece activity will be guided by Kamsani Bin Salleh, who is the 2018 Young Person of the Year. Kam, an emerging young Aboriginal artist is known for his intricate designs and reflecting the beauty of the natural world, which he has incorporated into the design that will be built on by young people participating on the day of the event.

2018 Young Person of the Year, Kam at the WA Youth Awards.

“Participants will be provided with paint markers to be able to draw their own designs or patterns. It’s important that we get as many young people involved, as we want this artwork to reflect the incredible contribution that they make in our community,” said Mika. The design will be painted across five panels, which will be mounted beside each other to create one piece of art.

“This event is an opportunity for young people to celebrate and express themselves through arts and cultural activities, and to also engage with local youth initiatives that they may be unaware but can provide them with support or help them build their knowledge in a meaningful way.”

“Leederville is such a young area, you have the TAFE and Foyer Oxford and YACWA, it’s a perfect place for young people to meet and come together on the day."

The artwork will be developed and then mounted to the side of the Foyer Oxford building in Leederville.

There will also be performances from Perth’s young artists along with stalls and activities run BY young people FOR young people. A free lunch will also be provided between 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

The event will be held on Thursday, 18 April from 12.00pm – 5.00pm, in the School of Isolated and Distance Education car park located at 196 Oxford Street in Leederville.

This event is supported by the Department of Communities.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Mika (WA Youth Project Officer) by email mika@yacwa.org.au or call the YACWA office at (08) 9227 5440.

Women's Voices

Women's Voices

The State Government is developing a plan to address gender inequality in Western Australia. 

While significant advances have been made to remove barriers to women’s full economic and social participation, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions. 

This plan will provide a framework for coordinated action by government, businesses, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality. 

The plan will focus on four priority areas:

  • health and wellbeing
  • safety and justice
  • economic independence
  • leadership

The plan will be launched in 2020 and will set the agenda for achieving gender equality over the next 10 years.

How to have your say

Individuals:
• Complete a short online survey by June 2019 (to request a copy of the survey in an alternative format or language, please contact women@communities.wa.gov.au)
• Complete the ‘electronic postcard’ on the Communities website and submit your response.

Organisations and groups:
Consider holding a consultation session with your members or community. A toolkit is available to guide you and limited grant funding may be available for consultations in regional locations which are aimed at engaging with hard to reach groups. Please contact Communities at women@communities.wa.gov.au for more information.

Resources are available for your organisation, to support the development of the Women’s Plan. These include a poster to encourage the community to get involved in the consultation process and a postcard for people to have their say.

You can find more information on the Department of Communities (Communities) website.

Inside Housing - April 5/2019

Please read the latest edition of our fortnightly newsletter, Inside Housing.

Inside this edition...

• A $100 billion splurge on infrastructure but housing is ignored by the Morrison government.
• The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation issues bond of $315 million to community housing.
• The Make Renting Fair campaign gets underway.

Plus heaps more including, Peak bodies join forces to protect community service workers and Shelter WA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Indigenous people, Indigenous Organisations or a consortia to review housing policy and programs over the last twenty-five years and their intersection to health policy, and to recommend housing policy solutions to deliver better health outcomes for Indigenous people

Click here to read our newsletter.

Shelter WA is an independent peak body, based in Perth Western Australia, that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness.

Inside Housing - March 21/2019

Please read the latest edition of our fortnightly newsletter, Inside Housing.

Inside this edition...

• Three major aspects of ongoing work being done by National Shelter were discussed by the National Council.
• Ahead of the Federal Election, an analysis of each of the major parties policies regarding housing and homelessness will be conducted.
• Expressions of Interest are being sought for a Community Housing Engagement Plan Governance Committee.

Plus heaps more including, Everybody's Home launches a petition calling for negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions to be wound back and the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo have launched their Regional Homelessness Plan 2018/19-2021/22.

Click here to read our newsletter.

Shelter WA is an independent peak body, based in Perth Western Australia, that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness.