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May 13, 2016

WORKING TOGETHER FOR BETTER HOUSING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper titled "Working together for better housing and sustainable communities".  The purpose of the discussion paper is the seek feedback on a range of housing issues from homelessness and social housing through to affordable rental and home ownership.  The Queensland Government has developed a short online survey, as well as a longer survey with specific questions from the discussion paper.  There are also a number of community engagement sessions planned around the state for people who want to provide feedback in person.  Housing and homelessness are significant issues for many young people, and this process will allow services and young people to have their say.

Find out more here.

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February 20, 2015

THE COST OF YOUTH HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research has published the first in a series of reports titled "The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia Study: Snapshot Report 1".  Young people make up around 42% of the population of people who are homeless in Australia - approximately 44 000 young people.  This study aims to understand the experiences and impact of homelessness on young people and the personal and social costs associated with this.  The study involved interviews with around 400 young people over three years and highlights a range of concerning findings.  Almost two thirds of the homeless young people had been placed in out of home care before they had turned 18, 39% of the young people reported the police coming to their previous homes due to violence between parents and 53% of participants reported that they had been diagnosed with at least one mental health condition in their lifetime.


Go to "The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia Study: Snapshot Report 1".

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August 15, 2014

REVIEW OF INTERVENTIONS FOR VOLATILE SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN REGIONAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

Cairns based youth service YETI (Youth Empowered Towards Independence) has published a research report titled "Dignity, Diversion, Home and Hope: A review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland."   This research report involved interviews with youth and AOD workers in Cairns, Mt Isa, Rockhampton and Townsville, as well as interviews with current and former inhalant users who access services at YETI.  The report includes a series of practice principles and insights directly from young people who use inhalants about what they believed were the most useful approaches workers should use when providing effective services.

Download "Dignity, Diversion, Home and Hope: A review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland." (620KB PDF)

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May 17, 2013

HOW INTEGRATED ARE HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH AND AOD SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) have published a report titled "How integrated are homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia?"  The report is the final report of a project which has been looking at the most effective ways to integrate services to reduce homelessness in Australia.  The report looks at services in Melbourne and Perth and considered different levels of integration between the various services.  The report found that clients from more integrated services reported more positive outcomes than clients from less well integrated services.

Download "How integrated are homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services in Australia?" (2MB PDF)

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February 22, 2013

INFORMAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES IN SUPPORTING STABLE HOUSING IN YOUNG PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) have published a report titled "The role of informal community resources in supporting stable housing for young people recovering from mental illness: key issues for housing policy-makers and practitioners."  The paper used qualitative and visual methods to identify the informal resources which young people experiencing mental illness used in order to support and maintain their housing.  The researchers conducted a mapping exercise with young people, where participants identified places in their communities which they considered meaningful.  They also conducted a walking tour, where participants described features of their local community which supported stable housing.  Participants also photographed key people, places and activities that occurred in their community which they felt supported stable housing.

Download "The role of informal community resources in supporting stable housing for young people recovering from mental illness" (1.1MB PDF)

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October 12, 2012

LIVE SMART DIARY 2013: AVAILABLE NOW

The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition has announced that their fantastic "Live Smart" diaries are back for 2013 and they are taking orders now.  The diaries are designed to assist young people in living independently, providing information on shopping on a budget, easy recipes, health and hygiene information and contact numbers for support services.  The diary also contains a very handy monthly budgeting tool. This is an excellent resource that workers can use with young people who are making the transition to independent living.  The diaries cost $10 each plus postage

 

Find out more at the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition Website

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February 28, 2012

THE ROLE OF ASSERTIVE OUTREACH IN ENDING "ROUGH SLEEPING"

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) have published a report looking at the role of "assertive outreach" in reducing homelessness. Overseas evidence suggests that the approach has been successful, so "assertive outreach" has become a central part of the Australian Government's response to homelessness nationally.  This study sought the views of policy makers, service providers and service users in Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin to help understand how this policy is translating to practice in the Australian context.

The Role of Assertive Outreach in Ending "Rough Sleeping" (840KB PDF)

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September 30, 2011

LIVE SMART DIARIES FOR 2012

The Live Smart Diary is designed for young people who are moving to independent living.  It is made to help young people remember important appointments, but it also contains information on health and hygiene, some easy recipes, contact numbers for support services and a handy monthly budgeting tool.   This is an excellent resource for workers wanting to help the young people they work with develop life skills.   The diaries cost $10 each, plus postage.   Limited copies are available so get in quick.  If you'd like to order copies download the flier below.

Live Smart Diary Website

Live Smart Diary 2012 Flier (600KB PDF)

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