The 2014 conference, Homelessness: Complexities & Countermeasures promises to be a landmark opportunity to evaluate national, regional and local plans, projects and progress in an endeavour to end homelessness and the risk of homelessness. The conference will provide an opportunity for people within the homelessness sector to network and learn. Homelessness service managers and staff, federal, state/territory and local government representatives, academics and research as well as homelessness associations and other national organisations will all benefit from attending.
An innovative homelessness program in Queensland has shown multi-million dollar savings to the State’s public health system. By spending $503,000 a year to address the health and housing needs of Brisbane’s homeless people, the initiative has saved the Queensland Public Health System almost $7 million.
The Brisbane-based Homeless to Home Healthcare After Hours Service run by Micah Projects in conjunction with local medical services, integrates nurses with homeless outreach teams to provide health-care to homeless and vulnerably housed individuals and families.
Homelessness and employment services in Cairns have banded together with all three tiers of government to find new ways of helping homeless people get back on track through employment.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said 15 organisations and five government departments were involved in the collaborative project which will give people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness additional support to access training and ultimately secure a job.
The human face of homelessness has been captured following a campaign which involved more than 1000 surveys being completed by some of Brisbane’s most vulnerable residents.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the surveys revealed the level of complexity of the issue and the increasing incidence of intergenerational poverty and disadvantage facing individuals and families in Brisbane.