Micah Projects and Partners Win National Homelessness Award
Micah Projects and Partners Mater Health Services, St Vincent’s Brisbane, Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and Metro North Medicare Local, were today awarded a National Homelessness Services Achievement Award for Excellence or Innovation in Partnerships, in recognition of their tireless work to prevent and tackle homelessness.
Invitation: National Candle Lighting Ceremony
To help us promote Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month, you’re invited to attend a candle-lighting ceremony on Wednesday evening to remember people killed as a result of domestic and family violence.
Leadership makes a difference to solving homelessness in Queensland
Micah Projects congratulates the Newman Government in the leadership Ministers Mander and Davis have shown in making a commitment to recurrent funding for homelessness, and taking the lead at Thursday’s Select Council on Homelessness and Housing in Melbourne.
Closing the Gap in West End
Local community organisation Micah Projects, with the Brisbane Homelessness Service Centre (BHSC), is inviting anyone concerned about Indigenous disadvantage to take part in Australia’s largest ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign.
Mixed News On Homelessness
The Queensland Audit Office report on “Implementing the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness in Queensland,” presented to Queensland Parliament, makes it clear that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Queensland is increasing.
Milestones coming thick and fast – now 211 people housed
The 50 Lives 50 Homes Campaign, launched in June 2010 as a collaboration between Micah Projects and a number of Government Departments and Community Agencies, reached a new milestone this week with the announcement that 211 people previously experiencing homelessness had now been successfully housed since the campaign started.
Government formally establishes a Royal Commission
"On my advice, today the Governor-General has appointed a six‑member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Child sexual abuse is an evil crime. Anyone who has ever suffered child abuse deserves to have their voices heard and their claims investigated."
Turn bipartisan concern for low Newstart into action for an increase
The Australian Council of Social Service welcomes growing interest from all sides of politics in the urgent need to increase the Newstart Allowance payment, and is calling for bipartisan support to make this happen when parliament resumes in February.
Acoss media release 12 January 2013
'Full house' sign goes up at Brisbane Common Ground
All 146 accommodation units at Brisbane Common Ground are now fully occupied, according to Sonya Keep, General Manager of the innovative supportive housing facility in Hope Street, South Brisbane.
Premier makes historic apology for forced adoptions
Premier Campbell Newman today made an historic apology in Parliament to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices. “Today, the Queensland Parliament offered its unreserved and sincere apology to all those families broken apart by past forced adoption policies and practices and committed to ensuring these are not forgotten and never repeated,” Mr Newman said.
Remembering the forgotten Australians
Former Prime Minister and Member for Griffith, the Hon. Kevin Rudd, today launched the new Find and Connect support service in Queensland at a gathering of Forgotten Australians and former British Child Migrants at Lotus Place in South Brisbane. (Last week saw the third anniversary of the National Apology made by Mr Rudd on behalf of the Australian people.)
New domestic violence toolkit to support women at work
The Minister for the Status of Women, Julie Collins, has today launched a toolkit aimed at improving the way unions, employers and business groups can support employees experiencing domestic or family violence and help them remain in work.“Domestic and family violence is, unfortunately, more common in Australia than many people would like to think,” Ms Collins said at the launch of the Safe at Home, Safe at Work? Toolkit in Hobart.
Micah Projects welcomes Royal Commission
The Prime Minister’s announcement that the Australian Government will establish a Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse marks an historic day for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants according to Karyn Walsh, Coordinator of Micah Projects.
“The Royal Commission is essential,” says Karyn, “so Australia as a whole can begin to understand the extent of sexual abuse that took place in Churches and other institutions.”
Queensland bucks the national trend on homelessness
The latest ABS data on national homelessness, while applicable to Queensland as a whole, has positive implications for the Brisbane situation according to Karyn Walsh, Coordinator of Brisbane community organisation Micah Projects.
While the Statistical Local Area figures for the Brisbane area won’t be released until 30 November, Ms Walsh says the State-wide data provides some early grounds for optimism.
A Year of Achievement for Micah Projects
Local community organisation Micah Projects has every reason to feel proud of its achievements, says Coordinator Karyn Walsh, speaking on the eve their Annual General Meeting. “The 2011–2012 year has been another very busy and productive year, yet not without its challenges,” says Karyn.
Making progress with Brisbane’s ‘rough sleepers’
An innovative program launched in Brisbane in June 2010 is proving that homelessness is not an insoluble problem, with this week’s announcement that 167 people have now successfully made the transition from homelessness to secure, permanent housing, including 43 people now housed at Brisbane Common Ground.
Micah Projects Flood Recovery Team Winds Up
After 20 months of sometimes hectic activity, the Micah Projects Flood Recovery Housing and Support Service will be ending on the 30th September 2012. Micah Projects was involved in flood recovery from the very first days of the devastating 2011 floods, when they assisted at the RNA Evacuation Centre.
Newman Government supports Brisbane Common Ground
Micah Projects has welcomed the bipartisan support shown by the Federal and Queensland Governments at the official opening of Brisbane Common Ground in South Brisbane today, where both Federal Minister for Housing, Homelessness and Small Business Brendan O'Connor and Queensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Bruce Flegg spoke at the opening ceremony.
Micah Projects congratulates Premier Campbell Newman on Forced Adoption Policy
Speaking in State Parliament yesterday, Queensland’s Premier Campbell Newman said, "We hope the official apology will help ease the pain felt by those people who have been so deeply affected, and assist them in their healing process."
Virtual Release for Micah Projects Short Film
Micah Projects is thrilled to announce that award-winning documentary maker Peter Hegedus has just released a stunning new short film that highlights homelessness as a significant social issue in our community and offers solutions. A week after launch, we have over 1000 views!