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Homelessness Community Action Plans State government working with local government to deliver local solutions for addressing homelessness. Defining Homelessness. Homeless Community Action Planning in Queensland. Homelessness Community Action Planning (HCAP) initiative - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<ul><li><p>Homelessness Community Action Plans </p><p>State government working with local government to deliver local solutions for addressing homelessness</p></li><li><p> Defining Homelessness</p></li><li><p>Homeless Community Action Planning in Queensland </p><p>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.</p></li><li><p>Homeless Community Action Planning in QueenslandThe 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</p></li><li><p>Homeless Community Action Planning in QueenslandThe HCAP Framework Opening Doors: Queensland Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-2014</p><p>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 homelessHelping people get aheadWorking together for stronger services</p></li><li><p>HCAP common themesClear and effective case planning and coordinationQuality services that are consistent with best practice and new modelsData to improved understanding of need and alignment of servicesReduced exits to homelessnessEstablishment and maintenance of tenanciesAccess and appropriate support Improve economic participation and social engagementImprove responses to domestic violence</p></li><li><p>Council Involvement</p></li><li><p>Council Involvement</p></li><li><p>Council Involvement</p></li><li><p>Council involvement</p></li><li><p>Council involvement</p></li><li><p>Council involvement</p></li><li><p>What is working well in HCAP? A Case Study of Brisbane City Domestic squalor / compulsive hoarding. Domestic squalor and or compulsive hoarding has received little attention in Queensland. Fatalities experienced in VictoriaBrisbane City Council funded pilot due to their responsibilities for dealing with physical space.Working group of key stakeholders set up.Linkages to homelessness - threatens tenanciesLink to fire risk emergency services involved in working group</p></li><li><p>What is working well in HCAP? A Case Study of Brisbane City Domestic squalor / compulsive hoarding.OutcomesProviders working with Fire Services to put in place early detection and prevention strategiesWorking relationships established between human services workers and key agencies such as Fire and Rescue, Police, Bio Security and the RSPCA. </p></li><li><p>Forward planning post NPAH State and local government involvement after NPAH funding ceasesImportance of retaining local ownership of the HCAPs Supporting the development of HCAPs in other locationsImportance of raising awareness of the HCAPs and with local politicians, business groups, philanthropics and other key stakeholders.</p><p>*BCC funded the pilot Centacare program which combines cleaning (No Problems Cleaning) with supportFocus on building support networks for both people who are hoarding or engaged in domestic squalor and for the organisations working with themSubcommittees are being established for the following:Mapping of the service providers currently working with the target group and what they are able to offerEmergency Services with a focus on reduction of fire risk through building on established relationships between target group and support providersData collection to demonstrate the extent of the issue and how to measure individual risks (clutter scales)Coordinated case work responses to this groupEngage with psychologists and social workers to develop a best practice approach (a psychologist from Medicare Local recently joined the group)Workplace Health and safety and risk management for workersForum for which funding has been provided (BCC)Early success includes the Fire Service working with support providers to ensure the fire safety of premises where there is squalor and hoarding and installation of fire alarms. These visits also allow the Fire service to assess what may be needed should they have to respond to a fire.The group has also recently set up their own network space on Community Door to broaden the participation in the group</p></li></ul>

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