COVID-19 rental housing and homelessness impacts in Australia

New research by the ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership shows renters on low and modest incomes are in the grip of a housing pincer, especially in regional Australia, as surging rents and the Commonwealth’s neglect of social and affordable housing creates acute stress.

Community Sector Update – COVID-19 Response

Sector partners are encouraged to remain vigilant and adhere to the current restriction measures in place to ensure their own safety and wellbeing, as well as that of the individuals and families that depend on services.

Health Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions

There is a possibility that the Directions will apply to your entire workforce, staff who are in the same building or location as staff who perform these tasks.

Bring it home in the Budget

Figures released last month showed that at least 56 people died while homeless in Perth in 2020.

Polling finds overwhelming support for a budget boost to end homelessness

Findings from the polling, released to coincide with Homelessness Week 2021, show that housing, rental affordability and homelessness are in the top three issues that the community would like to see the state government focus on.

COVID-19 Vaccines — Information session for frontline community services

The Department of Health, WACOSS and Shelter WA are inviting frontline community services employees to attend an online information session.

Life after Lockdown

This report analyses data and presents findings drawn from Anglicare’s own services, focusing on areas arising from COVID-19.

New Director Generals

A number of changes in senior leadership roles have been announced effective from Monday, 31 May 2021.

Communiqué: Housing Emergency Response Group

Communique: Housing Emergency Response Group

Changes to National Construction Code accessibility standards welcome news

It is disappointing that the WA Minister, along with the Ministers from, NSW and SA did not support this change.

Stop Jailing Children

In WA we imprison children as young as ten.

Rough Sleeper Pandemic Plan

We are in touch with the Department of Communities, Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA), Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) and frontline services in relation to the Rough Sleeper Pandemic Plan.

Interim R-Codes

Aimed at supporting the residential building industry, local governments, and homeowners by simplifying clauses and streamlining approval processes for low to medium density housing projects.

Don’t Close the Door – Save Homelessness Services!

If this payment does not continue, there will be a loss of $8M per year to homelessness services across Western Australia.

PILLAR Funding Continues

Perth Inner City Youth Service’s (PICYS) PILLAR program has secured extended funding through to the end of June 2022, at a scaled up COVID-19 response capacity.

We know how to handle a crisis so let’s fix homelessness

With the end of the looming moratorium we need a commitment from government to support people to stay in their homes.