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What are the National Affordable Housing Agreement and the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness?

You might have heard the phrase NAHA or NPAH in relation to funding lately, but don’t be fooled by their frivolous sounding acronyms, these federal programs affect all of us who work in the housing/homelessness sector. To gain a better understanding of these programs and their relevance to Specialist Homelessness Service program funding visit the Australian Housing and Urban Research […]

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Victorian Minister for Housing Announces Social Housing Growth Fund

The following announcement was made on 23rd February 2017 from the Treasurer’s office: As waiting lists continue to grow, a bold new approach will give social housing organisations more power to build, buy and rent homes for vulnerable Victorians. For the first time ever, organisations will be able to utilise a $1 billion fund and access […]

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VicEmergency App Replaces FireReady

Given that most of us in the Loddon Mallee region work and travel in high fire danger areas that are also prone to flooding, it’s important to be able to maintain an awareness of our environment and keep up to date with any emergency incidents as they unfold. The VicEmergency app has replaced  FireReady and is available […]

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‘Communities Taking Power’ New report on combatting poverty by VCOSS

The report doesn’t tell communities what to do, it tells them how to do it, highlighting the frameworks and relationships needed for collaborative problem solving. These include: Shared leadership Data sharing in communities A focus on prevention Joint funding of local initiatives. Support for local “economy building” The report also mentions local program http://gogoldfields.org/ based in […]

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Infrastructure Victoria Announces 30 Year Housing Strategy

With the best information that we have been able to obtain, we believe that the provision of approximately 30,000 new dedicated affordable dwellings could be an appropriate infrastructure response to contribute to the current unmet demand for access to housing. However, further investigation and the development of a comprehensive housing plan is required to confirm […]

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Government Announces New Refuge Sites

In yet another positive outcome from the Royal Commission into Family Violence the Victorian government has announced it’s commitment to development of new and existing facilities to shelter women and children seeking shelter as a result of family violence. For more information go to New Refuges for Women & Children

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