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.