Homelessness Community Action Plans State government working with local government to deliver local solutions for addressing homelessness. Defining Homelessness. Homeless Community Action Planning in Queensland. Homelessness Community Action Planning (HCAP) initiative
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Homelessness Community Action Plans State government working with local government to deliver local solutions for addressing homelessness
Homeless Community Action Planning in Queensland • Homelessness Community Action Planning (HCAP) initiative • funded for three years (2010-2013) under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness. • delivered seven community-based plans (Brisbane; Caboolture/Deception Bay/Morayfield; Cairns; Gold Coast; Hervey Bay; Mount Isa; and Toowoomba) • delivered by local communities in partnership with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and the Queensland Council of Social Service.
Homeless Community Action Planning in Queensland • The HCAPs are locally-owned and bring together the efforts of local communities to reduce homelessness by enhancing service integration and coordination between: • Government (local, state, federal;), • the community services sector, • the philanthropic sector, • volunteer organisations, • the private sector and service consumers. • Implementation commenced in December 2011. • Copies of HCAPs are available online at www.communitydoor.org.au
Homeless Community Action Planning in Queensland • The HCAP Framework– Opening Doors: Queensland Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-2014 • The priorities and actions in each of the seven plans have been developed by local stakeholders within the framework of the three key priority areas identified in Opening Doors: • Helping people avoid becoming homeless • Helping people get ahead • Working together for stronger services
HCAP common themes • Clear and effective case planning and coordination • Quality services that are consistent with best practice and new models • Data to improved understanding of need and alignment of services • Reduced exits to homelessness • Establishment and maintenance of tenancies • Access and appropriate support • Improve economic participation and social engagement • Improve responses to domestic violence
What is working well in HCAP? A Case Study of Brisbane CityDomestic squalor / compulsive hoarding. • Domestic squalor and or compulsive hoarding has received little attention in Queensland. • Fatalities experienced in Victoria • Brisbane City Council funded pilot – due to their responsibilities for dealing with physical space. • Working group of key stakeholders set up. • Linkages to homelessness - threatens tenancies • Link to fire risk – emergency services involved in working group
What is working well in HCAP? A Case Study of Brisbane CityDomestic squalor / compulsive hoarding. • Outcomes • Providers working with Fire Services to put in place early detection and prevention strategies • Working relationships established between human services workers and key agencies such as Fire and Rescue, Police, Bio Security and the RSPCA.
Forward planning post NPAH • State and local government involvement after NPAH funding ceases • Importance of retaining local ownership of the HCAPs • Supporting the development of HCAPs in other locations • Importance of raising awareness of the HCAPs and with local politicians, business groups, philanthropics and other key stakeholders.