In February 2020 the Council met with Hon Luke Howarth MP, the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services. The meeting was well attended by members of the Council representing the specialist homelessness sector in the Greater Brisbane region.
Mr Howarth provided members with an update on Department of Social Services activities within his portfolio and outlined his goal to address homelessness in a bipartisan way.
The Forum on Homelessness in Queensland and Australia included a lively and productive discussion about practical and procedural issues within the homelessness service sector.
Following on from this meeting, the Council to Homeless Persons QLD compiled a combination of practical and funding recommendations that aim to contribute to more effective homelessness support and services. The recommendations have since been forwarded to the relevant Ministers with the hope to inform future policy, procedural and funding decisions.
Since this meeting, the Council has maintained a regular and open channel of communication with Government departments in order to work together to identify and address issues within the sector.
The Council to Homeless Persons QLD hosts monthly meetings in the Brisbane region attended by representatives from homelessness organisations and guest speakers. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.