While I was an apology at our last Taskforce meeting of 9 July 2020, please see below the key issues covered and actions going forward:
• Survey on emerging homelessness and housing issues
The survey has gone to the WA Regional Capitals Alliance for a ten-day response period to provide a critical input to the scenario planning from across regional areas.
The survey has been designed to capture and gather information across the regions around the impacts of COVID-19, emerging issues and place-based perspectives associated with homelessness.
• Taskforce scenario planning
Boston Consulting Group (BCG), thanks to Anglicare WA, are continuing to develop a simulation model to support the scenario planning work of the Taskforce that will anticipate the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 in relation to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
BCG will be invited to provide an update to the taskforce at a future meeting.
• SHICC scenario planning
The Department of Health COVID-19 scenario planning for congregate living is an essential tool in ensuring a robust response to any future COVID-19 outbreaks in WA.
Taskforce Co-Chair Gordon Cole is working with State Welfare Incident Control Centre (SWICC) re providing input for the Aboriginal response in future planning.
The Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) webinar for Community Housing Providers was held through Shelter WA on 26 June 2020. The Housing and Homelessness webinar was held through Shelter WA on 10 July 2020.
There has been a high level of interest from the sector in these webinars and further webinars may be considered, including during Homelessness week.
• No Wrong Door co-design process
The Enabling a No Wrong Door System in Homelessness – Proposals from Co-design report was launched on 2 July 2020.
• Moving forward
The next Taskforce meeting is scheduled for Thursday 6 August, 2020.
Co-Chair, COVID-19 Taskforce: People at risk of, or experiencing homelessness