Homelessness Planning and Coordination Initiative

Project Overview

The NGO Homelessness Planning and Coordination initiative is funded under the Queensland Implementation Plan for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPA-H).

The initiative will run for 3 years, from 2010 until 2013, and will be 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 is 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 is 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 is that they will achieve a more innovative, effective, coordinated and integrated service response for homeless people and people at risk of experiencing homelessness.

The Plans

The seven local community action plans have been launched and are available at the links below.

         BrisbaneCaboolture                   
         CairnsGold Coast                   
         Hervey BayMount Isa                   
         Toowoomba                    

Project Implementation

Through centrally based Team Leader position, QCOSS will manage and coordinate locally based NGO Coordination positions in each of the Department of Communities regions.

The positions will work 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 the region.

The locations for the Homelessness Community Action Planning initiative within each of the regions are 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 is supported by governance and advisory mechanisms both centrally at a state-wide level and at the local level. For more information click here

Project Timeframes 

  • 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 has been 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 are for a draft plan by the end of September and final plan sign off by the end of November.

Current Activities

An initial series of consultation workshops were held across the state throughout November and December 2010. The forums gathered input from stakeholders regarding a community engagement and mapping process for the development of each region’s Homelessness Community Action Plans. In most locations the forums wereheld in conjunction with Queensland Reducing Homelessness Strategy consultations.
 
Homelessness Community Action Plans are currently being drafted in each region through consultation forums, Intersectoral Implementation Groups, working groups, and consultation with key stakeholders and service users.
 
To find out the status of the Homelessness Community Action Plan for your region and how you can be involved please contact your region’s NGO Homelessness Planning & Coordination Officer. 
 
Any stakeholders who have direct and indirect interests in reducing homelessness should be involved in the initiative. This would include specialist homeless services, peak and advocacy bodies, allied and mainstream services, private business, philanthropic organisations, local, state and federal governments and other community members.

QCOSS Regional Homelessness Profiles

QCOSS has developed a series of regional homelessness profiles that give a snapshot of the population characteristics, housing availability, service system and service usage data of region across Queensland.

The profiles are available on the Community Door website at http://www.communitydoor.org.au/regional-homelessnss-profiles

The key objective of the plans is 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.