The Housing First Train the Trainer program is a new initiative supporting advanced homelessness practitioners to become active Housing First trainers across Australia.
Led by internationally trained Housing First practice leaders, the program provides quality training in the skills and methodologies required to develop and deliver Housing First training to the Australian homelessness sector and beyond.
Homelessness Australia is working with the Housing First Europe Hub to develop and roll-out Housing First training across Australia. The program is funded by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and supported by Council to Homeless Persons.
The Train the Trainer program will result in approximately 30 specialised trainers in Australia, delivering Housing First capacity building within the specialist homelessness sector and beyond. The trainers will support advocacy for the expansion of Housing First programs and expand the sector’s capability in delivering Housing First programs.
As part of the program, the Housing First Australia Community of Practice provides an ongoing platform to share ideas, support implementation, develop practice, and embed Housing First as an evidence-based response to people without a home who have complex needs.
The Housing First Train the Trainer program is underpinned by the Housing First principles for Australia. The program involves an initial six-week training period, followed by an ongoing commitment (for a minimum of two years) undertaking program activities.
Delivery method: Online
Timeline: One day a week for six weeks
When: October – November 2021
Within groups of approximately 15 participants, training will be delivered online through a series of workshops, pre- and post-workshop learning activities, and showcases for participants to share training activities. Training includes the following modules:
October to November 2021
Participants undertake preparatory work and attend the program (six one-day sessions)
|November 2021 onwards||Participants continue involvement in the program through:
To be eligible for the program, participants must:
Participants must have the support of their organisation to take part in the program. Supporting organisations must have:
Participants and supporting organisations are expected to commit to the program for a minimum of two years. Once participants have completed the six-week training, it is expected that they will:
To attract the highest standard of participants, and to maximise equitable access to Housing First training across Australia, Homelessness Australia is welcoming expressions of interest from participants and their employers.
Round one is now closed.
Round two is open for expressions of interest.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, download the expression of interest below. Please return the attached application form by Monday 6 September 2021 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before submitting your expression of interest, you are encouraged to contact Sian Mulgrew at Council to Homeless Persons in Victoria, to discuss the project in detail. Email email@example.com or call 0401 831 136.
There is strong international evidence that Housing First programs end homelessness for most people with complex needs.
In support of international best practice, Homelessness Australia has been accepted as an Associate Member of the Housing First Europe Hub (the Hub). The Hub has the strategic aim of promoting and supporting the implementation of Housing First in Europe and beyond. It acts as a repository for Housing First research; supports practice through the Housing First Europe Guide and Housing First training; and develops resources to assist partners to advocate for Housing First.
The Hub is an activity of the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) and is administered by the Y-Foundation in Finland.
In 2019, four experienced Australian Housing First practice leaders travelled to Europe to undertake specialised Housing First training and skills development with the Hub. In addition to the support from LMCF, in-kind support for these practitioners to participate, is being provided by Homelessness NSW, Launch Housing in Victoria, Micah Projects in Queensland and Ruah Community Services in Western Australia. These experienced practitioners have now completed this specialised training and have designed and delivered the first round of the Housing First train the trainer program to Housing First practitioners in Australia.