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Homelessness Prevention and Early Intervention Interagency

About the Group

The Homelessness Prevention & Early Intervention (HOPE) Interagency is a coalition of Blue Mountains' NGOs, local Council, community groups, faith-based groups and State/Commonwealth government agencies with an interest in preventing homelessness, and improving housing affordability (both rental and purchase) in the Blue Mountains.

Purpose/Goals

HOPE fully supports the following five key national priorities to ease housing stress in Australia:

  1. Making housing affordability a key goal of all Governments
  2. Increase rent assistance for struggling renters
  3. Build more affordable housing
  4. A fairer tax system (specifically, changing the tax breaks for housing investors, such as negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts; and assisting state governments to abolish stamp duty and introduce a broad-based land tax), and
  5. Support for first home buyers – that doesn't push up house prices.

Our goals are consistent with the current Commonwealth and State Government policy and strategic intent (The Road Home, the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness and the Going Home, Staying Home reforms); in addition, we go further to advocate:

  1. Improved access to housing and support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (‘housing first’)
  2. Intervention earlier to prevent homelessness where possible, and
  3. ‘Wrap around’ service support to restore housing stability.

Activities

In 2015 the HOPE Steering Group (a coalition of Blue Mountains' agencies - including ‘The Platform’ youth accommodation and support services; Youth Accommodation Information Network (YAIN); and Wentworth Community Housing, the local housing provider, BM Family Support Services, Blue Mountains City Council, MCRN, DHS/Centrelink, and the BM Tenants' Advice & Advocacy Service) finalised a position paper: 

The HOPE Interagency believes that there are a number of (generally) relatively low-cost/no-cost options which, if implemented, could significantly improve the housing situation in the Blue Mountains. The longer-term intention was to expand the group to form a fully-fledged Interagency, to ensure that all key players are ‘in the tent' – this was achieved in late 2015.  

The HOPE Interagency is planning to partner in 2016 with Blue Mountains City Council to develop a Housing Strategy for the Mountains.

Meetings

How often: The Homelessness Prevention and Early Intervention Interagency meets quarterly.

Where: The MCRN Meeting Room, Lawson.

Contact

For more information about the Homelessness Prevention and Early Intervention Interagency, please contact Kris Newton on 02 4759 3599 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

bm resilience logo1Recovery, Resilience & Preparedness Group

About the Group

The Recovery, Resilience & Preparedness (RR&P) Group was established in late 2021 as a merger of three pre-existing interagencies and cross-sectoral collaborations/collective impact initiatives:  the Health & Wellbeing sub-committee (Wellbeing) for the Black Summer Recovery;  the Mental Health & Wellbeing Interagency;  and the Preparedness & Resilience Group formed in the wake of the 2013 fires.

The Group consists of a range of local, place-based community sector organisations, “new” organisations to our area undertaking long-term Recovery activities in the Mountains (especially in mental health/suicide prevention, and financial counselling), representatives of government agencies (eg local Council Resilience and Recovery workers, health, education, Local Emergency Management Committee) and local emergency services personnel (eg RFS, SES, F&RNSW).  

Trusting relationships and partnerships have been built through tough times together.  RR&P members share values (such as the critical importance of community connections;  in emergency preparedness, “prevention is better than cure”;  and the value of grass-roots action).  We also share messages and programs for community-led resilience-building, recovery and preparedness – we know all of these activities occur continuously and often concurrently in an endless cycle.

Purpose/Goals

The Recovery, Resilience & Preparedness Group aims to strengthen active partnerships between emergency services and the community sector at an organisational and ‘officer-to-officer’ level, and thus provide a united platform for the delivery of a broad range of recovery, resilience and preparedness programs within our community.

Specific goals are to:

  • support local grass-roots resilience and recovery initiatives
  • develop community sector networks to support vulnerable and at-risk residents
  • encourage and support household preparedness
  • encourage and support service system preparedness in the Blue Mountains
  • coordinate Recovery efforts to ensure all voices are heard, all residents supported, and avoid duplication  and
  • advocate on behalf of RR&P Group member organisations and our local community for the resources to deliver our goals effectively.

Activities

On ongoing program around household preparedness supports local residents to practically and psychologically prepare for emergencies.  Programs include an annual Get Ready! BM calendar of events over spring and early summer, with a focus on psychological as well as practial preparedness, and building communtiy connections (eg, Heads Up For Fire (HUFF), Meet Your Street, seminars with local experts, and Preparedness Clinics). See details about Household Preparedness Activities...

MCRN also auspices Resilient Blue Mountains, a community-led network of groups working together for a resilient future in the face of climate change:  https://www.resilientbluemountains.org

Meetings

How often: The Recovery, Resilience & Preparedness Group currently meets every six weeks from 12 to 2pm on a Wednesday.

Where: Currently, over Zoom..

Contact

For more information about the Recovery, Resilience & Preparedness Group, please contact Kris Newton on 0458 626210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Related RRP Documents

Mountains Multicultural Interagency

About the Group

MCRN provides leadership in resourcing and convening the Mountains Multicultural Interagency (MMI).

Purpose/Goals

The aims of MMI are as follows:

  • to encourage the wider community and workers from Government and non government sector to network, exchange information and collaborate on issues and projects relevant to the CALD communities in the Blue Mountains LGA.
  • MMI will identify service delivery issues, including gaps in services, obstacles and barriers to accessing services, both Government and non-Government. It will also act as an advisory body and will support workers in their work with the target group.
  • MMI will advocate for improving and effective service delivery, for additional services and where local, state and national issues affect local multicultural communities.
  • MMI will actively promote cultural harmony and productive diversity, engaging the whole community.
  • MMI Interagency will advocate on behalf of CALD people in order that they be given opportunities to contribute and participate in the social and economic life of the region.

Activities

The MMI works to plan activities across the community for Refugee Week or Harmony Day.  MMI has adopted the #OliveRibbon Campaign as its core business (see the Olive Ribbon Pledge - top left).

Contact

For more information about the MMI and how to join, contact Kris Newton on 02 4759 3599 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 Related MMI Documents

Blue Mountains Community Interagency

About the Group

Blue Mountains Community Interagency (BMCI) is a member-based forum established by Mountains Community Resource Network, the peak body and voice of community organisations within the Blue Mountains.  

BMCI comprises key stakeholders of the local community services sector including individuals, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities and government organisations.

The Blue Mountains City Council provides funding to resource the BMCI through the Community Assistance Program.

Purpose/Goals

The BMCI provides a cross-sectoral, generalist forum – open to both specialist and generalist services – enabling managers and workers to identify services, new programs, changes in direction, ways to address issues arising for the sector, and opportunities for partnerships.

Activities

The BMCI meets once each month and provides:

  • a forum for member organisations to come together, network, share information, and discuss sector-wide issues
  • a mechanism for working together collaboratively on identified issues (eg issues-based working groups, make a submission on behalf of the community, time-limited Special Interest Groups, or meet the Candidate for an upcoming election)
  • a forum to foster action on social justice and positive social change
  • an opportunity to forge partnerships and engage in strategic alliances
  • a forum to bring together government and non-government organisations
  • (proposed future implementation of) a member forum on MCRN’s website for the discussion of ‘hot topics’, and the establishment of web-based forums for Special Interest Groups, and
  • a ‘space’ for members to identify opportunities for growth and development.

Meetings

Format:  BMCI meetings generally comprise issues-based specialist forums - the themes decided by BMCI members, frequently with guest speakers.

How often: BMCI meets 9:30am-11:30am on the last Tuesday of every month (except December). 

Where: Santa Maria Centre - off Mary Street, Lawson (unless otherwise advised)

Who can attend: All BMCI members are invited to attend BMCI meetings.  Non-members may attend up to three meetings a year by prior arrangement.

How to get involved

To join the BMCI, individuals and organisations must first become financial members of the MCRN. 

See How to Join MCRN.

Contact

For more information about the BMCI and/or BMCI meetings, contact Kris Newton on 0458 626 210 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Blue Mountains Community Interagency
C/- MCRN
PO Box 152
LAWSON NSW 2783

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