14 Dec 2017

The specialist homelessness services 2016–17 web report is the sixth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC). It describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2016–17.


6 Dec 2017

Last week’s National Housing Conference kicked off in Sydney with a keynote presentation about Canada’s new housing strategy. Audible expressions of envy could be heard among the 1000-plus delegates when they were told that prime minister Justin Trudeau had launched the strategy (on national housing...


24 Nov 2017

This report is part of an AHURI Inquiry into social impact investment for housing and homelessness outcomes and addresses the question: What are the actual, potential and perceived opportunities and risks of social impact investment (SII) for housing and homelessness policy in Australia? It examines...

Research report

22 Nov 2017

Little is known about the legal challenges these young people face due to, or because of, couch surfing. Even less is known about the experiences and challenges of the ‘couch providers’ – individuals and families who provide a place to stay for these young people....


14 Nov 2017

With an ageing population and growing levels of housing stress and homelessness across Australia, there is an urgent need to better understand the challenges faced by older people that may place them at risk of homelessness. It is also important to understand what more...

Briefing paper

10 Oct 2017

Specialist Homelessness Services are a vital part of a broader system in NSW that supports people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The program funds non-government organisations (NGOs) to deliver prevention and early intervention services, rapid rehousing, crisis and transitional responses and intensive...


22 Sep 2017

The 'homelessness crisis,' particularly in Melbourne and Sydney, has attracted renewed attention in recent months. While there are higher rates of unemployment for people who are homeless, many are working and homeless.

For the past two decades, the growing numbers of Big Issue sellers...

Research report

31 Aug 2017

This research study reports on a campaign to house rough sleepers shows how long term homelessness is associated with high levels of health problems, trauma and disability. The '50 Lives 50 Homes' is a project aimed at rapidly housing and supporting Perth’s most vulnerable rough...

Research report

8 Aug 2017

Research Summary

This study investigated the opportunities and risks for social impact investments (SII) to improve housing and homelessness outcomes in Australia. It described what social impact investing is and its application to housing and homelessness policy in Australia, as well as examined...


2 Aug 2017

Earlier this year we co-authored a report based on data collected in the Youth Survey with the Black Dog Institute looking at young people and mental illness over the past five years; prior to that we produced a report on young people and homelessness. Both...


1 Aug 2017

In 2013, Housing SA released the Housing SA Blueprint as a future strategy to deliver a modern, connected, multi-provider housing and homelessness system. The Practice and Placemaking Project was established under the Blueprint to drive Housing SA’s service delivery reform. The New Service Delivery Model...


31 May 2017

Society is judged on how it looks after its most vulnerable citizens. This includes those who cannot look after themselves - children and older people, people living with mental health issues, and citizens who face multiple challenges to full participation in society.

As the...


29 May 2017

Shelter SA has been working on a project over the past year focussed on the operation of for-profit rooming houses. This is the first methodical study of the rooming house sector in South Australia since 2003.

The Shelter SA project was instigated in response...

Working paper

24 May 2017

This paper investigates the effect of parental separation on homelessness. Previous studies have only been able to provide descriptive evidence that parental separations relate to reductions in housing quality and stability. Using a unique dataset of disadvantaged Australians who provide retrospective information on parental separation...

Research report

28 Apr 2017

This AHURI Inquiry into the funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness in Australia provides the first comprehensive examination and assessment of the funding of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) and other services assisting those experiencing homelessness.

Government funding is the dominant form of...

Research report

27 Apr 2017

The findings of the 2017 Rental Affordability Snapshot show that for people on low incomes housing options in the private rental market are extremely limited, and that the chances of finding a place that could be called home are even worse. Combined with the lack...



21 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 people homeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on...

Research report

16 Mar 2017

Executive Summary

It’s cheaper to provide last resort housing to homeless people than to leave them sleeping rough, a new cost-benefit analysis has found.

The analysis found governments and society benefit more than they spend by providing last resort housing to homeless...

Research report

21 Feb 2017

This report from the OECD Affordable Housing Database compiles comparative country data on homelessness. Presents available data at national level on the number of people reported by public authorities as homeless. Data are mainly taken from the 2016 OECD Questionnaire on Affordable and Social Housing...

Video interview

20 Feb 2017

Interview with Tony Keenan, Launch Housing CEO, to discuss the outline of his presentation to the AHURI One-day conference, 'Homelessness and housing solutions.' To be held on 31 March 2017 in Brisbane. The importance of the conference to those working in the homelessness sector is...