The NGO Homelessness Planning and Coordination initiative was funded under the Queensland Implementation Plan for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPA-H).
The initiative ran for 3 years, from 2010 until 2013, and was implemented in partnership with the Department of Communities Homelessness Community Action Planning Initiative, also funded under the NPA-H
The purpose of the NGO Homelessness Planning and Coordination initiative was to coordinate the non-government sector input and involvement in local homelessness community action planning and service system development activities with a focus on reducing homelessness and improving pathways and outcomes for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in specific locations across Queensland.
The key objective of the plans were to get the commitment of all key local stakeholders – straddling all tiers of government, the community services sector, philanthropic organisations and community members – to agree on a suite of actions to deliver on-the-ground actions that will reduce homelessness.
A vital component of the homelessness community action plans was that they will achieve a more innovative, effective, coordinated and integrated service response for homeless people and people at risk of experiencing homelessness.
The seven local community action plans have been launched and are available at the links below.
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Through centrally based Team Leader position, QCOSS managed and coordinated locally based NGO Coordination positions in each of the Department of Communities regions.
The positions worked closely with a delegated Government Coordination position (under the Department of Communities Homelessness Community Action Planning Initiative) and a broad range of stakeholders in the relevant region to develop, implement and monitor a homelessness community action plan for each region.
The locations for the Homelessness Community Action Planning initiative within each of the regions were as follows:
Far North Queensland Region: Cairns
North Queensland Region: Mt Isa
CentralQueensland Region: Hervey Bay
North Coast Region: Caboolture
South West Queensland Region: Toowoomba
Brisbane Region: Brisbane Inner City, Southwest Corridor, Northern Corridor
South East Queensland Region: Southport & Coolangatta
The project was supported by governance and advisory mechanisms both centrally at a state-wide level and at the local level. For more information click here.
September 2010 – Commencement of Government and NGO Coordinators
October 2010 – Consultation and Engagement with stakeholders
November – December 2010 – Community Planning Forums held in the 7 locations to inform the development of the Homelessness Community Action Plans
* December 2010 – March 2011 – Development of draft Homelessness Community Action Plans for the 7 locations
* June 2011 - Final Homelessness Community Action Plans for 7 locations endorsed
July 2011 - June 2013 – Homelessness Community Action Plans implemented
* Due to the natural disasters which have affected various parts of the state a proposal was put to the Minister to extend the timeframes for the project by three months with the draft plans to be submitted by the end of June and the final signoff to be achieved by the end of September 2011. The proposed timeframes for the Toowoomba region were for a draft plan by the end of September and final plan sign off by the end of November.