Think Tank Ballarat ideas
These are the ideas which came out of Halving Homelessness: Think Tank Ballarat on August 18, 2016:
- Team 1: Accommodation and support hub
A community hub that provides education, skills-building, support, mentoring, peer support, and accommodation options.
- Team 2: Safe Landing Space
A central space to create transitional accommodation with access to vital services.
- Team 4a: Creating Community Clusters
Clusters of houses supported through a hub and spoke concept. The hub is a co-located multi-agency centre, within walking distance to 'community support locations'.
- Team 4b: Adoption
Similar to World Vision's approach, individuals or groups could 'adopt' a homeless person and provide them with the support they need.
- Team 5a: Community Conversations
Bringing different people from the community together to learn about homelessness and then developing well-formed community solutions.
- Team 5b: Filling Empty Spaces, Creating Full Lives
Identifying currently unused spaces (rooms and houses) and connecting them with people who need houses. Includes spare rooms in occupied houses.
- Team 6: Youth Community Housing Hub
Integrated housing options for people experiencing difficulties, alongside students, apprentices, and young professionals.
- Team 7: Distressed Space
Use up empty spaces and build granny flats in empty backyards and convert garages. 'Uber for housing'.
- Team 8: Incentives for housing
Provide financial incentives for private landlords; utilise unused materials to build community housing; skill sharing; redistribution of resources.
- Team 9: Portable Inclusive and Secure
Services and corporate communities come together to build removable accommodation to relocate on demand to service immediate crisis.
- Team 10: The Comfort Zone... or B.E.D.Z.
A one-stop support centre for crisis homelessness - safe sleeping, food, support, clean clothes, resources to assist with finding housing.
- Team 11: Housey Housey
Create and build a village of community housing, under which an integrated approach to service delivery can be developed.
- Team 12: Sponsor a Homeless Person into Housing
Sponsor direct contributions to particular people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessnness that addresses support, education and living skills.
- Team 13: Alternative Dwelling/Institutional Sponsorship
Repurposing wasted existing resources, such as the Ballarat Train Station, public buildings, university, with the direct involvement of businesses.
- Team 14: Couch Surfer's Guide to Ballarat
A functional guide/tool which would be available in digital or paper form. Would include a platform to help build individualised support plans and connection to accommodation, food, healthcare, transport, job skills, and other services and support.
- Team 15: The HERREB Centre (Home Education Rehab Recreation Employment Belonging)
Addressing all aspects of homelessness in one location, getting to the root cause of issues. All organisations together in a one-stop shop.
- Team 16: Optimising Existing Housing Capacity
Identify excess housing capacity within existing dwellings, with an organisation that can match people into appropriate places.
- Team 17: Access Central
An information centre and crisis support hub, located centrally (possibly train station), with basic services (soup bus, shower bus, sleep bus), linking with long term housing, 10-15 one to two-bedroom units in hubs dispersed around the city.
- Team 18: C.A.R.E. Accommodation
Short-term: Community organisations provide a hall one night per week with essential services.
Medium-term: Build a shipping container park, using available spaces, with community garden and professional support services.
- Team 19: Container Communities
Place converted shipping containers on Crown Land, with ability for them to be moved when needed.
- Team 20: Operation Octopus - 'Ecosystem'
Creating empowerment from a self-forming community. Holistic approach that combines often isolated concepts to create whole ecosystem that eventually perpetuates itself.
- Team 21: Community Network
A network/facilitated matching service for individual community members and homeless people. Includes an 'enterprise' as the vehicle. 'Homeless Harmony', like eHarmony.
- Team 22: Hub Housing (Humanitarian)
Community housing with co-op and habitat for housing.
- Team 23: A Key. A Door. Your Home.
Construction of a tiny house village, with the creation of a mutally-supportive community.
- Team 24: Homes for Homeless Hub
Matching homeless people with people who have spare room. Using Airbnb or similar concept.