Opportunity Pathways … a new route to housing independence

Opportunity Pathways … a new route to housing independence

red haired young woman working in fashion shopOpportunity Pathways is a new program that is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage for social housing recipients. It will also reduce their reliance on government-funded social housing or Rent Choice subsidies.

Anita Mansfield from Social Futures, says “This new program is designed to help people realise their career aspirations and transition away from social housing toward housing independence. We will create personalised support plans and pathways to career opportunities, but we can also support participants with Social Futures wrap-around services, so it’s an entirely holistic approach.”

The program will be offered in Lismore and Tweed Heads to people aged 17 or older who are: social housing tenants or members of their household; approved social housing applicants on the waiting list; and people who receive the Rent Choice subsidy. Social Futures anticipates it will support 165 participants over the next three years.

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Housing Crisis: NEW STUDY SHOWS ONE MILLION HOMES NEEDED

Housing Crisis: NEW STUDY SHOWS ONE MILLION HOMES NEEDED

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New national research backs the Northern Rivers community’s call to address the housing crisis in our region, where over 12,000 households are experiencing rental stress and more than 3,000 households are on the social housing waitlist.

The research is contained in a just-released report from the University of NSW’s City Futures Research Centre and finds more than one million social and affordable homes need to be built across Australia by 2036 just to meet current demand and keep pace with population growth.

Social Futures CEO and President of the NSW Council of Social Service, Tony Davies said the research also revealed the current social and affordable housing shortfall in NSW was 216,400 homes with the shortage particularly acute in the Northern Rivers.

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$11.5K Prizes for young songwriters

$11.5K Prizes for young songwriters

Deb Hall with prizes from RODE microphonesEntrants in the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition this year are in the running to win $11,500 of prizes.

Deb Hall from one of the organising partners Social Futures hopes young people will be encouraged to enter and help fire up their musical careers. “Our two top prizes are valued at almost $4,000 each. The winners will have their songs professionally recorded and receive double passes to Splendour in the Grass and Professional Performer Kits from RØDE,” Ms Hall said.

On 12 April, the People’s Choice Award winner will be selected by the audience at the Finals Showcase, to win a hi-fi system valued at $2,000, a mastered track recording and a Studio Recording Kit.”

Five runners-up prizes include professional quality microphones and paid gigs at Crankfest. All finalists will have access to songwriting masterclasses at Southern Cross University during the year.

Entries close at midnight on 25 March 2019. Get all the details about how to enter or like and follow the competition’s Facebook page.

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The Lismore Young Songwriters Competition is organised and supported by Social Futures and its programs headspace Lismore and The Clubhouse, Southern Cross University and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. We are also grateful for prizes from sponsors Rockinghorse Studios, SAE Creative Media Institute Byron Bay, Splendour in the Grass, RØDE Microphones, The Audio Room, Crankfest, NORPA and Lismore City Council.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett

Independent Candidate for Lismore

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Contact Greg on Facebook or via email and ask what he’ll do to address the housing crisis in the Northern Rivers if elected.

Post expires at 8:02am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

Catherine Blasonato

Catherine Blasonato

Animal Justice Party candidate for Ballina

c/o Animal Justice Party
PO Box Q1688
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

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Download a sample letter to Cathy Blasonato and ask what she’ will do to address the urgent housing crisis in the Northern Rivers if elected.

Post expires at 8:59am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

Bill Fenelon

Bill Fenelon

The Greens candidate for Tweed

c/o NSW Greens
PO Box 48
BROADWAY NSW 2007

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Post expires at 9:57am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

Alison Waters

Alison Waters

Animal Justice Party candidate for Lismore

c/o Animal Justice Party
PO Box Q1688
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230

E: [email protected]

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Post expires at 8:54am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

Trent Gilbert

Trent Gilbert

Country Labor Party candidate for Clarence

c/o NSW Labor Party
377 Sussex Street
Sydney NSW 2000

E: [email protected]

Download a sample letter to Trent Gilbert and ask what he’ll do to address the housing crisis in the Northern Rivers, if elected.

Post expires at 8:52am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

Gregory Clancy

Gregory Clancy

The Greens candidate for Clarence

c/o NSW Greens
PO Box 48
BROADWAY NSW 2007

E: [email protected]

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Post expires at 8:51am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

Stephen Cansdell

Stephen Cansdell

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidate for Clarence

c/o Shooters Fishers and Farmers NSW
PO Box 376
Baulkham Hills NSW 1755

E: [email protected]

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Post expires at 8:18am on Sunday March 24th, 2019

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