QCOSS is partnering with the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy (DCHDE) to deliver the Place-based Homelessness Advice project (PHAP).
By bringing together specialist homelessness services, community organisations, government and the wider Cairns and Townsville communities, the project will build on existing work to deliver positive change that will benefit the whole community.
This work will be delivered alongside the QCOSS Human Rights, Housing and Homelessness project, which is supporting organisations in the sector to better understand their obligations and commitments under the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). The human rights of First Nations people will guide our work, and the people who are most impacted by any decisions or actions informed by this project will be actively engaged throughout the consultation and design processes.
The project will identify best practice system design that will support access to housing and sustain tenancies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The specific objectives of this project:
- Identify national and international best-practice frameworks in the provision of housing services to First Nations Peoples
- Identify barriers to accessing services for First Nations Peoples in Cairns and Townsville
- Identify needs and understand reasons for people using public spaces to congregate, socialise and sleep
- Identify challenges for service providers in managing housing and sustaining tenancies
- Understand sector responses to COVID-19 restrictions.