Inside Housing – Shelter WA Newsletter. 13 August 2020

The fortnightly E Newsletter from Shelter WA – Inside Housing.

Elders’ Meeting

Facilitating the conversation between the Elders and the Minister was Shelter WA Board Member and Chair of Noongar Mia Mia Mr Gordon Cole who reflected on the solutions needed to increase housing supply and end homelessness for Aboriginal people.

Regional Recovery Plans

The McGowan Labor Government have announced recovery plans for a number of regional areas of Western Australia including the Kimberly, Gascoyne, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance, and Great Southern.

Unsung Heroes

The Unsung Hero Award initiated by the Rotary Club of Mill Point recognises the efforts of those dedicated individuals who have contributed to the quality of life in the community without reward or recognition.

Shelter WA in Geraldton

Shelter WA is designing a regional engagement structure to ensure we can keep the voice of Regional WA front and centre in housing and homelessness advocacy.

Mandatory Conciliation for Residential Tenancies

The Department is encouraging the sector to utilise the service to resolve disputes, including those that may emerge from the complexity of boarding and lodging resident accommodation agreements being unilaterally included in the Response Act without consultation.

Homelessness Week Communiqué

This year’s Homelessness Week had a focus on ending Aboriginal homelessness, coinciding with the 2020 Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Social Impact Festival and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day.

Building Bonus Scheme

The package includes $117 million for $20,000 Building Bonus grants and $8.2 million for the expansion of the 75 per cent off-the-plan transfer duty rebate scheme.

Housing Assistance in Australia 2020

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published a new report on housing assistance in Australia.

Building Back Better

Supporting research by the UNSW City Futures to document and critically examine rapid policy changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.

Closing the Gap

We welcome the inclusion of housing in the Agreement; that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people secure appropriate, affordable housing.

City of Stirling Homelessness Strategy

The Strategy was developed by a Homelessness Working Group and provides the framework for an effective and co-ordinated response with key service providers and government.

Community Sector Partnership Team – Taskforce on Homelessness Update

The sector partnerships team will look at sharing some consolidated information about the new Lotterywest framework with taskforces.

Social Housing needed to end Homelessness in WA

Skyrocketing rents, a tightening of the rental market and widespread job losses has increased the urgent need for more social housing in Western Australia.

Homelessness expected to rise in Western Australia

This Homelessness Week, Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie warns that Western Australia needs to be prepared for a second wave of homelessness due to the impact of COVID

Lotterywest Grant for vital homelessness work

The grant, made during Homelessness Week 2020, will fund several projects for both Shelter WA and the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness.