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 Dignity First Fund

The Queensland Government established the Dignity First Fund in 2016 to deliver innovative responses that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

The first $2.5 million funding round closed on 30 September 2016, with 24 applications receiving funding for a diverse range of projects that are delivering a wide range of essential services to homeless people in our community.

A second, $2.5 million funding round closed on 10 May 2017. This round sought practical proposals that aim to prevent or reduce homelessness or meet the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

Preference was given to proposals that target services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and children escaping domestic and family violence, or older people and/or respond to homelessness in regional and remote parts of Queensland.

Successful 2017 Dignity First funding recipients that have been announced to date are shown below.

 

 2017 Dignity First funding recipients

 

Inala Family Accommodation & Support Services

Inala Family Accommodation & Support Service Inc. received $12,000 to provide essential home packs to families in crisis accommodation. Packs include linen and kitchen and laundry items.

Second Shot Pty Ltd

Second Shot Pty Ltd received $179,315 to purchase, fit out and operate 2 mobile coffee vans and one supply car that will be used to train and employ young people experiencing homelessness. The vehicles will operate in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan and Redlands LGA's.

Open Doors Youth Service Inc.

Open Doors Youth Service Inc. received $65,000 to undertake an upgrade of its premises to provide a drop-in centre for LGBTI+ young people who are sleeping rough or couch surfing. The upgrade will include a kitchen, shower facilities, laundry, storage and "chill out" zone.

The Nundah Community Support Group Inc.

The Nundah Community Support Group Inc. received $72,730 to provide food relief, social support and community inclusion to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A Project Worker will be engaged to assist people who access the Nundah Community Centre and will particularly target older people, people with mental health issues and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jack Reed Barber Shop

Jack Reed Barber Shop received $3,409 to provide three barber chairs that will remain in hospital wards, facilitating delivery of Jack Reed barber services to people experiencing homelessness that are receiving treatment in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc.

North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc received $6,450 to provide cleaning, pantry and kitchen items for young people moving into its supported accommodation.

Warringu Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation

Warringu Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation received $15,100 to upgrade the outdoor space at its facility in Cairns.

Mission Australia

Mission Australia received $138,000 to increase operations of its Café One mobile coffee van from two days per week to five – seven days per week for 12 months. The Café One is a social enterprise that offers training and employment for vulnerable people in Cairns.

Family Emergency Accommodation Townsville Inc.

Family Emergency Accommodation Townsville Inc received $19,620 to provide bed linen and towel packs to families entering its social housing accommodation in Townsville.

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland received $27,750 to support the implementation of a Hub at its social housing property in Mackay. Hub activities include a healthy meals program, community nurse visits and communal events.

Kalyan Youth Service Inc.

Kalyan Youth Service Inc. received $8,000 to provide backpacks that include products to improve the health and hygiene of young people experiencing homelessness in Mackay.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia Ltd

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia Ltd received $74,006 to install an industrial kitchen at its Community Centre in Logan. People experiencing homelessness will be able to participate in the preparation of meals for themselves and for distribution to others in need in the community.

Rizeup

Rizeup Limited received $157,490 to purchase two vehicles to collect and move donated furniture and household items for families in South East Queensland who have escaped domestic and family violence and are moving into a new home.

United Synergies

United Synergies Ltd received $174,398 to provide equine therapy (horse trek camps) near Esk for young people experiencing homelessness. The camps will provide young people with self-esteem and practical life skills to break the cycle of homelessness. Skills workshops and ongoing mentoring will also be provided to young people in the broader South West Queensland regional areas.

UnitingCare Community

UnitingCare Community received $229,000 to provide a variety of welcome packs to clients that pass through the UnitingCare Community shelters and refuges across Queensland for 12 months. There will be six types of packs - Food, toiletries, cleaning items, linen, school and baby packs.

Aboriginal and Islander Development and Recreational Women's Association

Aboriginal and Islander Development and Recreational Women's Association received $13,354 to provide basic ‘household items’ kits to families transitioning to independent living in Mt Isa.

Centacare North Queensland

Centacare North Queensland received $236,875 to construct two modular buildings at the rear of its community centre in Mt Isa. The buildings will be utilised as a community hub for people experiencing homelessness and will provide bathroom, laundry, kitchen and storage facilities and a space for workshops.

Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Inc.

Clermont Community Housing and Other Services Inc. received $6,500 to provide “Care Packs” to people within Clermont and surrounding districts who are experiencing homelessness or escaping domestic and family violence.

Horizon Housing Company Ltd

Horizon Housing Company Ltd received $50,000 to provide household and personal items to people who are entering its social housing properties, to assist them to establish their new home.

Livingstone Shire Council

Livingstone Shire Council received $30,191 to upgrade the Community Centre in Yeppoon to enable people experiencing homelessness access to safe and private laundry, shower and wash-room facilities as well as to access information about homelessness services.

Murilla Community Centre Inc.

Murilla Community Centre Inc. received $30,000 to provide emergency essentials relief in the form of food, temporary accommodation, hygiene products and a free small white goods loan system, for people experiencing homelessness in Miles.

Orange Sky Australia Limited

Orange Sky Australia Limited received $115,770 to fund the purchase and 12 months operational costs of a mobile laundry/shower van to be based in Townsville. The van will provide free laundry, warm showers and non-judgemental conversation to people who are homeless or in crisis. The van will also support people experiencing temporary homelessness through natural disasters in the region.

OzHarvest Limited

OzHarvest Limited received $294,440 to purchase four refrigerated vehicles for its food rescue/distribution program across the State. (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Cairns). OzHarvest delivers rescued food to various charities and services, who in turn provide nutritious meals and food items to people who need it.

Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre Inc received $76,450 to provide services to women on the Gold Coast experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including financial counselling, crisis intervention and support, life-skills program and referrals to appropriate services. The grant will also enable the preparation and distribution of women’s packs, USB’s and a Gold Coast Homelessness Emergency Relief Support brochure.

RSLA (Qld Branch) Bundaberg Sub Branch Inc

RSLA (Qld Branch) Bundaberg Sub Branch Inc received $142,340 to upgrade its facility in Bundaberg to provide drop-in hub services to homeless ex-service persons and their families. The upgrade will include interior renovations, commercial kitchen, air conditioning, lighting, carpets, blinds, tiles and white goods.

Youth Housing Project Association Inc.

Youth Housing Project Association Inc. received $15,000 to provide home set-up packages to assist young people transitioning from the organisation’s accommodation into long-term accommodation.

The Gold Coast Suns Football Club

The Gold Coast Suns Football Club received $57,500 to establish a youth well-being and leadership program with integrated large and small-scale community events for young people affected by homelessness on the Gold Coast.

Mount Isa Family Support Service & Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

Mount Isa Family Support Service & Neighbourhood Centre Inc. received $11,364 to provide home packs for those establishing a new home so they can live independently.

Zig Zag Young Women's Resource Centre Inc.

Zig Zag Young Women's Resource Centre Inc. received $30,000 to provide starter packs to assist young women transitioning from Zig Zag's supported accommodation to long-term housing. The starter packs include household utensils, white goods and incidental items.
 

  2016 Dignity First funding recipients

 

Orange Sky

Orange Sky Laundry Inc. received $165,800 for a mobile laundry van to operate in south east Queensland and $132,000 for a van fitted with two showers to service the Brisbane area.

SecondBite

SecondBite received $310,000 for a van and truck to expand its food rescue operations and deliver approximately 1.2 million more meals annually for people experiencing homelessness, women and families in crisis, and youth at risk in Queensland.

139 Club

139 Club received $259,000 to upgrade the existing 139 Club kitchen and transform it into the 3rd Space Cafe—providing a warm, attractive cafe that offers healthy, low-cost meals as well as the opportunity for engagement and interaction.

YFS Logan

YFS Logan received $55,000 to develop and deliver 8 secure mobile phone charging stations for use by people experiencing homelessness. The charging stations will be placed in homelessness services, homelessness hubs and outreach venues, enabling people to leave their mobile phones to charge while they undertake other activities such as seeing a support worker or having a health check.

Roseberry Community Services Ltd

Roseberry Community Services Ltd received $65,627 to set up a new Community Dignity Hub in Gladstone, providing free private showers, laundry and tea/coffee facilities for people and families experiencing homelessness. The hub will also provide an early intervention program to help people reduce their risk of homelessness.

Base Services Inc

Base Services Inc received $216,000 to buy and fit-out a food van to extend its food service to people experiencing homelessness in the Toowoomba region. The Soup for a Soup Kitchen initiative is also an employment program which will provide people experiencing homelessness with training and employment opportunities.

The Haven Association

The Haven Association received $58,190 for two initiatives to help those experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless. With Dignity Drivers, Haven plans to buy a second hand car and use it to help up to 10 young people learn to drive and get their driver’s licences. With Dignity Camp, it will provide opportunities for four to eight young people in transitional housing to develop life skills and build self-esteem through adventure-based camping activities in a supported environment.

Share the Dignity Ltd

Share the Dignity Ltd received $60,000 to install Dignity Pack vending machines to provide free sanitary products for women experiencing homelessness. The 10 machines, which have an innovative timing seturity feature, will be placed in a variety of appropriate locations throughout Queensland.

The Jack Reed Barber Shop

The Jack Reed Barber Shop on the Redcliffe Peninsula received $73,172 to provide 1000 haircuts for the homeless across north Brisbane and the Moreton Bay regions. The initiative is based on the premise that a good haircut can build self-image, and foster self-worth and dignity. Barbers will operate from a mobile trailer at regular, selected sites across the region.

Communify Qld Ltd

Communify Qld Ltd received $130,642 to upgrade the kitchen at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre to deliver its Let’s Eat Together service, replicating a home meal setting. It plans to initially provide one dinner and two lunch sessions a week, as well as a traditional Sunday lunch. Each session will cater for 40-50 people experiencing homelessness.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club received $46,181 to buy a van so that it can help people experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless in Redcliffe. The Club will use the van for a variety of jobs including collecting and delivering donated furniture and bedding, assisting clients to move possessions as they find accommodation, and moving food from shops to the local CWA Hall to be stored prior to distribution or use.

Footprints In Brisbane

Footprints In Brisbane, with project partners Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group Inc and One Voice Inc, received $305,000 to buy and convert a bus so it can be used for a mobile shower and laundry service. The service will be provided in north Brisbane, covering areas such as Sandgate, Aspley and Geebung.

North West Youth Accommodation Service

North West Youth Accommodation Service (NWYAS) received $9,000 to provide Home Packs containing items such as bed sheets, towels and homewares for 30 young people entering NWYAS transitional housing in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. The home packs are not only practical, they are a symbolic starting point for young people starting to live independently from charities and hand-outs.

Access Community Housing Company

Access Community Housing Company (AHCH) received $67,980 to provide 350 dignity bags to be distributed across homeless and support services in the Cairns region. The bags will contain basic hygiene products for people experiencing homelessness, as well as contact information about housing and other available support services. ACHC see the project becoming community supported as benefits roll out.

Anglicare North Queensland

Anglicare North Queensland received $46,200 so its Helping Hand Community Outreach program in Cairns can establish laundry and bathroom facilities at a local drop-in centre. The new services will provide people experiencing homelessness with increased dignity and access to personal hygiene, clean clothing and a haircut.

The Salvation Army’s Samaritan House Shelter

The Salvation Army’s Samaritan House Shelter received $17,379 in Dignity First funding to help provide a covered outdoor barbecue and dining area in which homeless woman and children escaping domestic and family violence can safely gather in Mackay. The shelter promotes dignity and empowerment for women and children in need through shared meals, social activities and life skills training.

We Care 2 Inc

We Care 2 Inc received $35,000 in Dignity First funding to help to double its daily capacity to serve hot breakfasts to homeless people in Hervey Bay, with a new mobile food service van.

Wesley Mission Qld

Wesley Mission Qld received $33,172 through the Dignity First fund to enable socially isolated and vulnerable people to charge their phones, use the internet or read a magazine or book at its Logan Street Library trailer. The library is an initiative of Wesley Mission Qld and Logan Housing and Homelessness Network.

HAV’A’FEED Community Relief Ltd

HAV’A’FEED Community Relief Ltd received $63,001 to reconfigure space it is using at the Mermaid Beach Community Centre to accommodate the growing demand for essential wrap around care and advice services it provides to people experiencing homelessness or people in danger of becoming homeless. The changes will also provide a secondary access to public toilets.

The Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc

The Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc received $66,000 to produce a mobile phone app for people experiencing homelessness and those in danger of becoming homeless. The app will provide real-time information about services’ locations and availability on the Gold Coast, and will include push notifications and maps.

The Lady Musgrave Trust

The Lady Musgrave Trust, the State’s oldest charity, received Dignity First funding of $50,000 to help women experiencing homelessness to more easily find the essential services they need. The Trust will use the funds to develop and deliver an information app for the Handy Guide for Homeless Women, as well as to help expand the annual circulation of the booklet from 7,000 in Brisbane only to 18,000 across the state.

Volunteering Qld

Volunteering Qld received $90,995 to establish a Wynnum Community Hub at the Wynnum Community Centre. The hub is to be a “one-stop shop” to provide services to homeless people and people in danger of becoming homeless as well as to provide paths to social and community support networks.

Marist Youth Care

Marist Youth Care received funding of $41,360 to organise and host a Queensland Homelessness Hackathon. This event will bring together people experiencing homelessness and like-minded people from the technical and business community to design and develop sustainable solutions for issues that affect homeless people.


Last updated 05 September 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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