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 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 seven local community action plans have been launched and are available at the links below:
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 was supported by governance and advisory mechanisms both centrally at a state-wide level and at the local level. For more information click here.
An initial series of consultation workshops were held across the state. 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 were held in conjunction with Queensland Reducing Homelessness Strategy consultations.
Homelessness Community Action Plans were 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.