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Submission to the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness. Response to National Homeless Strategy Consultation Paper

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2001Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2001Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a major Victorian-based welfare organisation with a focus on the prevention and alleviation of material poverty, the consequent hardship and lack of opportunity and the improvement of the quality of lives of people on low incomes generally. Inspired by its Christian foundation and its commitment to social justice, the Brotherhood of St Laurence is working for an Australia free of poverty. The Brotherhood of St Laurence has an interest in the supply of affordable, secure, well-located and appropriate housing for a number of reasons. Firstly, access to housing is fundamental to the organisation’s vision of an Australia free of poverty. Secondly, the Brotherhood is a provider of residential and community based aged care and independent living units for low-income elderly and a provider of state based Public Housing Advocacy Program (previously the Rental Housing Support Program). Thirdly, the current lack of affordable housing puts pressure on all other Brotherhood services including our employment services, in particular Community Support Program and Job Placements Education and Training (JPET); our community services; and the settlement services provided by the Ecumenical Migration Centre. Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Poverty and inequality in Australia

by Australian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Strawberry Hills, NSW : Australian Council of Social Service, 2001Description: 38 p.Other title: Research compendium : poverty and inequality in Australia .Notes: October 2001 Contains abstracts of past research done by Brotherhood staff.Summary: The aim of this compendium, released for the ACOSS National Congress, is to provide researchers, practitioners, and social policy analysts with brief abstracts of current research into poverty and inequality in Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Home. [videorecording] /

by Sykes, Amanda | Brogan, Brett.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Soundfilm Melbourne 2004Description: 1 videodiscs (DVD) ( 31 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.Notes: Funded by: Myer Foundation, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne Fringe Festival, VicHealth, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Breaking cycles, building futures : promoting inclusion of vulnerable families in antenatal and universal early childhood services : a report on the first three stages of the project. /

by Carbone, Stephen | Department of Human Services | Fraser, Alex | Ramburuth, Rasika | Nelms, Lucy | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Department of Human Services 2004Description: x, 116 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Report on the first three stages of the projectSummary: The Breaking Cycles, Building Futures project is an initiative of the Victorian State Government and is funded by the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council. It is part of the State Government’s Best Start Strategy. The project’s key aim is to identify, implement and evaluate strategies to promote more inclusive antenatal and universal early childhood services, which better engage and assist vulnerable families. The Brotherhood of St Laurence was contracted by the Department of Human Services to undertake this project. In its mission of working for an Australia free of poverty, the Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges the importance of efforts to better support vulnerable children and their parents, not only as an important immediate measure, but also as a strategy to prevent poverty and social exclusion in the future. The Breaking Cycles, Building Futures project is being undertaken in four stages: • a literature review • consultation with parents, service providers and peak bodies • documenting possible strategies which Best Start partnerships can adopt to help them to provide more inclusive services • working with Best Start partnerships to implement and evaluate these strategies. This document reports on the results of the first three stages and outlines the process for addressing the final stage. The study started from the assumption that antenatal and universal early childhood services (Maternal and Child Health services, kindergartens and primary schools) are an important resource for promoting the wellbeing of our children and their families. As such, it is imperative these services are available to all. The study focused on answering four key questions: • What is an inclusive service? • How inclusive are existing antenatal and universal early childhood services? • What are the barriers to inclusion? • How can these services be more inclusive so that they better engage vulnerable families? Answers to these questions were sought through a review of the national and international literature, along with an extensive community consultation process. In all, 69 parents, more than 100 service providers and more than 20 Victorian Government staff were interviewed. The vast majority of parents interviewed were experiencing a range of (often concurrent) difficulties in their lives, such as low income, unemployment, homelessness, problematic substance use, mental illness or a disability. Many were young parents (less than 20 years of age) and several were from a non-English speaking background. [Executive summary - extract] Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
"Assisting people facing homelessness in the Personal Support Program" /

by Perkins, Daniel.

Publisher: 2006Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Research providing some insight into the needs and attitudes of PSP participants experiencing homelessness or housing instability is presented. Data obtained from 134 PSP participants, case managers, Centrelink and DEWR staff. Author argues that a more integrated approach is needed between supporting people facing homelessness in PSP to move into employment or education and training and providing the intensive personal support they require to manage other issues such as housing instability and mental health problems.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
Improving employment participation for welfare recipients facing personal barriers. /

by Perkins, Daniel.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2006Description: 15 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Paper presented by Daniel Perkins to the 39th Social Policy Association Conference, University of Birmingham, July 18-20 2006Summary: There is an increasing recognition that welfare recipients facing significant disadvantage in the labour market are not being well assisted by the conventional labour market programs. Often such job seekers struggle against an interaction of employment and educational barriers combined with a range of personal issues such as mental health problems, substance abuse, criminal records, physical health problems, homelessness, and family breakdown. While there is agreement on the need to provide additional support there is little consensus about what form this should take and whether it can be added to existing programs or requires the development of new initiatives. It is also not clear whether individuals facing personal barriers should be encouraged or required to engage in vocational activities at the same time as addressing personal barriers or whether personal barriers should be addressed prior to providing employment assistance. This paper explores the labour market outcomes for people facing severe personal barriers to employment in Australia the US and Europe. It then considers whether such people want to work, whether work is beneficial or detrimental and examines current policy responses and gaps. The final section of the paper draws primarily on US research to document program elements and models that have been successful in achieving improved employment outcomes for this group. Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
The homeless [homelessness] white paper : a bold coherent strategy. /

by Nicholson, Tony.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Often referred to as the 'Homeless White Paper' at BSLAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).
The road home : a national approach to reducing homelessness. /

by Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. The Department 2008Description: 80 p.: ill.Other title: The White Paper on Homelessness .Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Tony Nicholson [CEO of the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2004-2017] Chair of the Homelessness Steering Committee 2008Summary: "The Road Home sets the strategic agenda for reducing homelessness to 2020. Homelessness can affect anyone and reducing it is everyone's responsibility. Working together, with national leadership and towards a common goal, homelessness can be prevented. Australia's efforts to reduce homelessness have to be urgent, as well as sustained." -- FaCSIA websiteAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
Education Development Project : improving educational and housing outcomes for children experiencing homelessness : final evaluation report /

by Hanover Welfare Services | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Foundation for Young Australians Education Foundation Division.

Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover Welfare Services 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2009 A National Homelessness Strategy Demonstration ProjectSummary: Education literature has clearly established the importance of the middle years of schooling as a time where average student achievement can plateau or decline. Critically, the middle years are also consistent with the age when children and young people experiencing homelessness begin to disengage from school. Children experiencing homelessness are less likely to attend school, more likely to finish their schooling early and not as likely to progress as far educationally as other children. This in turn least to limited life choices for these children and also longer-term costs in unemployment and lost productivity to the community. The Education Development Project was a two year pilot project jointly managed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Education Foundation division of the Foundation for Young Australians and Hanover Welfare Services. The central hypothesis of the project was that any improvement in educational engagement for children in the middle years of school (Years 5-9) who are experiencing homelessness requires changes in current practices in the homelessness and education sectors.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
What makes case management work for people experiencing homelessness ? : Evidence for practice. /

by Gronda, Hellene.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 2009Description: ii, 151 p.: ill., tables, charts.Notes: This project was initiated by a partnership between Hanover Welfare Services, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Council to Homeless Persons Victoria, and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Ltd. Summary: "Case management has been central to homelessness assistance practice in Australia since at least the early 1990s, when it was adopted as a key strategy to enhance the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP). The approach was formally documented in 1997 with the release of the SAAP Case Management Resource Kit. This research synthesis project was initiated with the intention to provide a rigorous and independent evidence base for informing practice and policy, in particular the negotiation of the next SAAP program agreement. > The research synthesis aims to provide an evidence-based understanding of how case management works to contribute to the development of more effective responses to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. This report defines case management and synthesises the international scientific evidence on case management practice for the homelessness sector." -- AbstractAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Achieving (extra)ordinary aspirations : a research project exploring the role that the Step Ahead program has played in the lives of young people affected by homelessness / Marty Grace, Deborah Keys, Aaron Hart, Bernadette Keys

by Grace, Marty | Melbourne City Mission | Keys, Deborah | Hart, Aaron | Keys, Bernadette | Victoria University.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Victoria University, 2011Description: 106 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: Achieving extraordinary aspirations.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Arron Hart and Deborah Keys are currently working at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre.Summary: Many young people affected by homelessness are determined to continue with the usual activities pursued by those in their age group. In extraordinary circumstances, they aspire to achieve what most Australians consider to be ordinary, achievable goals – completing their education and establishing a career, relationships and a home. Such goals may be ordinary in the sense of commonplace but their achievement against all odds can be extraordinary. The Achieving (extra)ordinary aspirations research was undertaken in 2010-2011 by Victoria University and Melbourne Citymission. It focuses on the experiences of young people who have used the Melbourne Citymission Step Ahead program, reporting on the young people’s views about different aspects of the model, how they experienced it, and what made a difference in their livesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Towards a fair and decent social security system : submission to Senate inquiry into adequacy of the allowance system for jobseekers and others / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2012Description: 33 p. PDF.Other title: BSL submission to the Senate inquiry into the adequacy of the allowance payment system.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Current Newstart and Youth Allowance levels are insufficient to enable individuals relying on those payments to live with dignity and security. They fail to keep jobseekers and other income support recipients out of poverty. They fail to guard against social exclusion and financial vulnerability. Current payment levels fail to enable individuals to access affordable housing and protect against homelessness and may in fact undermine broader efforts to facilitate transitions into paid employment. The present Newstart Allowance (NSA) falls short of community expectations within Australia and is extremely low compared to income support of jobseekers in other developed countries. Based on these assessments we argue that the level of Newstart and Youth Allowance (YA) fails to meet any reasonable test of adequacy.Availability: (1)
Addressing homelessness amongst persons with a disability : identifying and enacting best practice

by Beer, Andrew | University of Adelaide | Baker, Emma | Mallett, Shelley | Batterham, Deb | Pate, Anne | Lester, Laurence | Hanover Welfare Services | Melbourne City Mission | University of Melbourne.

Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian Government, [2012]Description: 80 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: A FaHCSIA National Homelessness Research Project.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: July 2012 - front page September 2011 - page 2 "National Homelessness Research Projects" Project No. 1-EFBLTW; Professor Shelley Mallett is General Manager, Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence (also Professorial Fellow in Social Policy School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.Summary: Persons with a disability are vulnerable both to, and within, homelessness because of their many have low incomes, may have limited engagement with the labour market, and limited housing options. While attention has been given to the relationship between poor mental health and homelessness, persons with other types of disability – physical, sensory, intellectual – are also at risk. The goal of this research is to understand the homelessness risks confronting persons with a disability and how best to meet their needs. This project addresses research priorities around improving service practice; understanding referral pathways through services; preventing homelessness through early intervention; and, identifying resilience and protective factorsAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Developing independence : evaluating and educational initiative for young people facing homelessness : pilots 1 and 2

by Myconos, George | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014Description: viii,25 p. : ill.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: A study of Developing Independence, a new, tailored course to guide the learning and career planning of young people who are risk of homelessness, found that online learning needs to be combined with supportive, face-to-face interaction in order to cater for diverse needs.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Education First Youth Foyer : Education Offer Conceptual Framework

by Buick, Jo | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Mallett, Shelley | James, Sally | Launch Housing.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014; South Melbourne, Vic. Launch Housing 2014Description: iv, 61 p.,ill (Spiral bound) PDF.Other title: Education Offer Conceptual Framework.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: First published in October 2014 Reprinted in Xxx 2016 Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing); Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation formed from the merger of two of Victoria’s leading homelessness service providers, HomeGround Services and Hanover in July 2015 Link to History of Launch Housing : https://www.launchhousing.org.au/about-us/our-history/Summary: The inclusion and development of these 6 Service Offers in the EFY Foyer Model is grounded in research and practice evidence that highlights the role of these domains in facilitating young people’s successful transition to adulthood. Conceptual frameworks have been developed for each of the 6 Offers, which provide an addendum to the EFY Foyer Practice Framework.1 They detail the different components and processes of each Offer, the rationale for their development and delivery, and demonstrate how the Offers link to each other and to the broader EFY Foyer Model and the Open Talent (OT) approach currently being used in the EFY Foyers. Availability: (1)
Education First Youth Foyer : Practice framework

by Mallett, Shelley | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Social Policy and Research | James, Sally | McTiernan, Niamh | Buick, Jo | Hanover Welfare Services.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. South Melbourne, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence Hanover Welfare Services 2014Description: viii, 128 p. : ill. (spiral bound) PDF.Other title: Practice framework.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2014 Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing) Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation formed from the merger of two of Victoria’s leading homelessness service providers, HomeGround Services and Hanover in July 2015 Link to History of Launch Housing: https://www.launchhousing.org.au/about-us/our-history/ Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Education First Youth Foyer : Certificate 1 in Developing Independence Toolkit : trainers' manual and learning plan /

by Buick, Jo | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Hanover Welfare Services.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014; South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover Welfare Services 2014Description: iv, 51 p. : ill. PDF.Other title: Certificate 1 in Developing Independence Toolkit : trainers' manual and learning plan /.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2014 Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing) Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation formed from the merger of two of Victoria’s leading homelessness service providers, HomeGround Services and Hanover in July 2015 Link to History of Launch Housing https://www.launchhousing.org.au/about-us/our-history/ Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Education First Youth Foyer : Employment Offer Conceptual Framework

by Cull, Emma | Brotherhood of St Laurence Social Policy and Research Department | Mallett, Shelley | James, Sally.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014; South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover Welfare Services 2014Description: iv, 67 p.,ill (Spiral bound) PDF.Other title: Employment Offer Conceptual Framework.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: December 2014 Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing) Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation formed from the merger of two of Victoria’s leading homelessness service providers, HomeGround Services and Hanover in July 2015 Link to History of Launch Housing https://www.launchhousing.org.au/about-us/our-history/ Summary: The EFY Foyer Employment Offer presents a new approach for service-connected young people that aims to increase their access to and participation in the labour market, and address structural and personal barriers to accessing employment. The Employment Offer recognises that enabling service-connected young people to build a pathway to employment requires the development of strong links with employers, education and training services, employment support services and community service organisations. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Education First Youth Foyer : Certificate 1 in Developing Independence : learning plan/

by Buick, Jo | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Stearman, Debra.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2014; South Melbourne, Vic. Hanover Welfare Services 2014Description: 62 p. (spiral bound) : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: First published in June 2014 Reprinted in October 2015 Redesigned in August 2018 Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing) Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation formed from the merger of two of Victoria’s leading homelessness service providers, HomeGround Services and Hanover in July 2015 Link to History of Launch Housing : https://www.launchhousing.org.au/about-us/our-history/Availability: (1)
Education First Youth Foyer : Civic Participation Offer Conceptual Framework

by Cull, Emma | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Research and Policy Centre | Brown, Diane | Mallett, Shelley | James, Sally | Launch Housing.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic Brotherhood of St Laurence 2015; South Melbourne, Vic. Launch Housing 2015Description: iv, 51 p.,ill (Spiral bound) PDF.Other title: Civic Participation Offer Conceptual Framework.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: September 2015 Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing) Launch Housing is an independent Melbourne based community organisation formed from the merger of two of Victoria’s leading homelessness service providers, HomeGround Services and Hanover in July 2015 Link to History of Launch Housing : https://www.launchhousing.org.au/about-us/our-history/Summary: The concept of civic participation is closely related to ideas about both active and social citizenship. It has been defined as ‘individual or collective actions in which people participate to improve the wellbeing of communities or society in general and which provide opportunities for reflection.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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