Season's Greetings from Shelter WA

From all of us here at Shelter WA...

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New Laws for Incorporated Associations and Clubs

The existing Associations Incorporation Act is changing in 2016, with new standards applying to financial reporting, governance, privacy, rules and membership of incorporated associations.

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Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative Funding Call Out

The Australian Government is offering up to $10 million in funding for disability accommodation services through the Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative grant program.

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WA’s economic woes increase housing and homelessness pressures

The impact of WA’s economic woes on the ability of Western Australians to keep a roof over their head is becoming evident in a number of sources.

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Housing Industry Forecast for Affordability

The Housing Industry Forecasting Group launched its latest report in December. The report shows that Western Australia’s population growth has slowed, with land sales also slowing. Building approvals and dwelling commencements reached a record high in 2014-2015 but are now also slowing. The report points to WA’s high rental vacancy rate, rising unemployment and soft economic outlook.

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More Work to be Done to Address Affordable Housing and Homelessness

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has released an interim report highlighting the progress made towards COAG’s key commitments across the National Agreements and National Partnership Agreements.

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Free Christmas Lunches in Perth

The true spirit of Christmas can be found at one of a number of free community Christmas lunches held every year in Western Australia. These lunches bring thousands of people together, many of whom might have otherwise have been spending Christmas alone. Here are a few options from around Perth, the northern suburbs and Kalgoorlie:

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Family Violence Continues as Driving Force of Homelessness

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new web report highlighting the significant role of domestic and family violence in causing homelessness.

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Connected Living – Housing within Reach

The Housing Authority has released seven sites in key transit precincts, calling on developers and/or consortia to partner with the Authority to deliver innovative medium and high density affordable housing. At the Connected Living project launch, the Housing Authority expressed their intention for the developments to provide a new benchmark for affordable high density developments across Perth through innovation and quality design.

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