Homelessness Week Toolkit 2022

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Homelessness Week | 1-7 August 2022

Every year Homelessness Week raises awareness around people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face, and the action needed to achieve long-lasting housing solutions.

Salvation Army campaigns, events and promotions can engage the community with how they can help end homelessness for all Australians. Any promotion about Homelessness Week will also lead to people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness contacting the Salvos for help.

The Salvation Army’s 2022 theme for Homelessness Week is ‘the keys to home’ – with an emphasis on raising awareness about the key steps that need to be taken to support all Australians have a safe, secure home.

Homelessness Week Toolkit

This toolkit includes resources to help you promote Homelessness Week, any relevant events your location may be hosting, ways people can get involved and your community support services.

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Homelessness Week Daily Conversations

From Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August you can also engage with the Homelessness Stream daily conversations (see links below). The conversations will highlight the Salvation Army's engagement with people who experience homelessness and showcase some of the many ways in which we work to support the people we serve.

Topic: Perspectives on Homelessness in Regional Australia: a conversation from NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

When: Monday 1 August 2022, 12-12:45pm AEST

Speakers:

  • Nathan Hughes, Team Leader North West Social Programmes (Homelessness), Burnie, Tasmania
  • Omeni Ndlovu, Program Manager, Homelessness Shepparton, Victoria
  • Michelle Kilgower, Program Manager, Homelessness Murrumbidgee, NSW
  • Facilitator: Brendan Fitzhenry, Homelessness Specialist, TSA

Experiences of homelessness vary across the country according to localised conditions. However, between regional and city areas there are more generalised and noticeable differences in the experience of homelessness as well as the challenges facing services addressing homelessness.

Register: Homelessness Week Daily Conversations 1 August 2022

Topic: NSW Housing First Program - Together Home

When: Tuesday 2 August 2022, 12-12:45pm AEST

Speakers: 

  • Naomi Lewis - Senior Together Home Case Manager
  • Clancey Rae - Team Leader - Case Management
  • Facilitator: Sophie Parsons, Homelessness Specialist, TSA

This program developed from the NSW Government's response to rough sleepers in 2020 during the pandemic. This presentation will look at the successes and challenges of providing quality care in this new service system initiative, and how it changed NSW responses to rough sleepers and the shift away from congregate care.

Register: Homelessness Week Daily Conversations 2 August 2022

Topic: The Children’s Specialist Worker project: a paradigm shift for supporting children in homelessness services

When: Wednesday 3 August 2022, 12-12:45pm AEST

Speakers: 

  • Catherine (Kay) Phiri, Children’s Specialist Worker, Family Supported Accommodation, Brisbane
  • Elise Parker, Collective Change Facilitator, Communities for Children
  • Emma Scott, Senior Research Analyst, Policy, Research and Social Justice

We often encounter children in the context of the family/carer unit at times of stress around issues including homelessness. In Brisbane, QLD our services are supported by a pilot project, the Children’s Specialist Worker, and a creative partnership with Communities for Children (Community Engagement, TSA), to strengthen our response to and support of the children in our care. 

Register: Homelessness Week Daily Conversations 3 August 2022

Topic: Indigenous Veterans’ Homelessness

When: Thursday 4 August 2022, 11-12:30pm AEST

Speakers:

  • Amanda DiFalco,Deputy Director/Veteran Strategy Lead, Built for Zero, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Colin Watego OAM, CEO of TRYP Consultancy. Col is a 43-year career veteran, and proud Bundjalung (Northern Rivers, NSW), Torres Strait Islander and South Pacific man
  • Pastor Ray Minnecon,Scarred Tree Ministries, St. John’s Anglican Church, Glebe, NSW. Pastor Ray is CEO of Bunji Consultancies, proud Kabi Kabi nation and Gurang Gurang nation (SE Queensland) man and founder of The Forgiveness Project and Black Diggers March
  • Facilitator: Brendan Fitzhenry, Homelessness Specialist, TSA

This webinar is the third and final of a series that explores veterans’ homelessness, building on the first two which explored international efforts and key characteristics of veterans’ homelessness. These webinars are available for viewing on the Homelessness section of the Social Mission Toolkit in Salvos Central and on YouTube (Ending Veterans’ Homelessness in North America: how they are getting it done https://youtu.be/O2hTsNHBXbU, Key Characteristics of Veterans’ Homelessness https://youtu.be/Ovu42xsdPmE).

Register: Homelessness Week Daily Conversations 4 August 2022

Topic: Reimagining our homelessness response in Alice Springs

When: Friday 5 August 2022, 12-12:45pm AEST

Speakers: 

  • Fred Docking, State Manger of Homelessness and AOD, NT
  • Keith van Haeften, Program Manager, Alice Springs Men’s Hostel, NT
  • Facilitator: TBA, Homelessness Specialist, TSA

In 2019, Homelessness stream began an extensive redevelopment of homelessness services in Alice Springs, which included a significant upgrade of residential facilities and an overhaul of service offerings, guided by our experiences of the successes and challenges of providing care in Alice Springs, and extensive local consultation within the local and visiting community.

Register: Homelessness Week Daily Conversations 5 August 2022