Legal Aid WA Webinar
Work and Development Permits to help people in hardship with their fines
Tuesday 27th October
People experiencing homelessness and other forms of hardship may be able to reduce their fines debt by participating in new Work and Development Permits. This innovative new program, delivered by Legal Aid WA in partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service and Department of Justice, will encourage people experiencing homelessness to engage with services in the community while gaining the benefit of reducing their fines debt. Under these new permits, a person experiencing hardship can reduce their fines over time, by doing certain activities under the supervision of a sponsor in the community. Activities include unpaid work, drug and alcohol treatment, medical or mental health treatment plans, education or life skills programs, or mentoring for those under the age of 25.
Hosted by Tanielle Martin at Legal Aid WA.
City of Perth – Lord Mayor Forum, Ending Homelessness
Tuesday 22nd September
Shelter WA & the WA Alliance to End Homelessness hosted a forum between the seven candidates who hope to be the next City of Perth Mayor. Facilitated by 10 News First journalist Tim Gossage, the Ending Homelessness Forum will play an important role in keeping one of the city’s biggest issues firmly on the agenda. Watch the following candidates as they outline their policies on how to end homelessness.
Sandy Anghie architect, Di Bain former ABC journalist, Mark Gibson TV reporter, Tim Schwass retired magistrate, Bruce Reynolds local business owner, Brodie McCulloch startup community entrepreneur and Basil Zempilas media personality.
Homelessness Week 2020 – Housing First – Policy into practice
Thursday 6th August 2020
50 Lives 50 Homes Manager, Leah Watkins is the only Western Australian to have attended the Housing First Europe Hub Train-the-Trainer project. Leah presented the agreed upon Australian principles for Housing First.
Leah also walked through the ‘By Name List’ data for Perth, WA.
By-Name List explained
The key components of a By-Name List include ensuring that your system is touching everyone who is homeless in your community; that you can accurately assess who is entering your homeless system on an ongoing basis; and that you can accurately track their progress through the system, including how successful you are in implementing prioritization and providing permanent housing to those who need it.
Homelessness Week 2020 – First Nations International Solutions to housing and homelessness webinar
Wednesday 5th August 2020
We are always eager to learn from good examples locally and internationally, and this year Shelter WA were delighted to welcome Margaret Pfoh, CEO of The Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) which is an Indigenous not for profit housing authority based in Vancouver Canada. AHMA oversees Aboriginal Housing providers, supports the development of new housing for Aboriginal people, manages Urban and Rural Housing portfolios and undertakes capacity development through training, consulting and advising member societies.
AHMA was created for Indigenous Peoples by Indigenous Peoples and is the first Indigenous Housing Authority in Canada. Margaret Pfoh will join us via Zoom to talk about their work and the importance of their community leading and driving their housing solutions.
This session was facilitated by Mr Gordon Cole and Ms Lisa Kazalac who reflected on how the Canadian approach could drive positive change in Western Australia.
Homelessness Week 2020 – Ending Homelessness – Recovery Post Covid
Monday 03 August 2020
Shelter WA in partnership with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness hosted this timely event.
An overview of the COVID-19 People at Risk of or Experiencing Homelessness Taskforce, scenario planning and what this means for the Western Australian Homelessness Strategy and services was provided by Tiffany Allen Acting/Executive Director Aboriginal Outcomes, Department of Communities.
Professor David Gilchrist from UWA facilitated a panel discussion between taskforce members, government and industry which reflected on the current and projected impact of COVID on the community and the homelessness situation, what they are seeing on the ground and what this means for service provision moving forward.
Homelessness Week 2020 – Official Launch
Monday 3rd August 2020
The official opening of homelessness week 2020 in partnership with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness, was opened by the Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services.
SHERP (Social Housing Economic Recovery Package) & HIP (Housing Investment Package) Briefing
The Department of Communities provides an overview of the Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP). The desired program outcomes – (economic and social) and the timings and locations as well as the opportunities for CHO involvement.
Residential Tenancies Act: The changes and what they mean for CHPs
Trish Blake, Senior Policy Officer at the Consumer Protection, in the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety