Homeless persons

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Research report

22 Mar 2018

This paper outlines definitions of homelessness and estimates the number of young people who are homeless in Queensland.


16 Feb 2018

This report reveals the Geelong Project is producing unprecedented results in preventing ‘at-risk’ young students from becoming homeless, disengaging in their education and leaving school early.

Audio interview

16 Feb 2018

When an adolescent leaves school early, they're more likely to end up homeless than their peers at school — and to be struggling with issues later in life.

In Geelong, Victoria, 250 young people leave school early every year and about 230 of them...


13 Jan 2018

This action plan outlines the Victorian government’s long-term strategy to reduce and prevent homelessness.


14 Dec 2017

This web report outlines the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2016–17.


9 Dec 2017

At the root of the tens of thousands of stories that lead people to the door of the Salvos every year is the need for a stable home. This simple goal is foundational for family and community life. This submission explores how to make it...

Briefing paper

10 Oct 2017

The Early Review looks at what is and isn’t working well and identifies key areas where FACS and the homelessness sector can work together to improve outcomes for clients.


22 Sep 2017

There is a need for more co-ordinated and comprehensive policy responses to – and resources for – homelessness, entrenched disadvantaged and long-term unemployment, writes Jessica Gerrard.

Research report

LGBTQ homelessness: risks, resilience, and access to services in Victoria
6 Sep 2017

Anecdotal and practitioner accounts indicate that homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people in Australia is a pervasive concern.


1 Aug 2017

A key strategy to deliver this project has been to establish a practice culture that permits and enables the Housing SA workforce at all levels to consider a person’s needs, safety and well-being, as well as policy adherence and process in developing a service response....


31 May 2017

Commentary by ShelterSA Executive Director, Alice Clark.


29 May 2017

This study, conducted by Shelter SA, the peak body for housing in South Australia, constitutes the first methodical look at rooming housing in South Australia since 2003.

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

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...


15 Dec 2016

Governments across Australia fund a range of services to support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These services are delivered by non-government organisations including agencies specialising in delivering services to specific target groups (such as young people or people experiencing domestic and...

Research report

9 Dec 2016

This report reveals that individuals who experience multiple, cross-sector services in the specialist homelessness, protection or youth justice service areas are a particularly vulnerable group. Clients experiencing 2 or more of these services were more likely than specialist homelessness services-only clients: to report having substance...

Research report

31 Oct 2016

This research examined the funding sources of homeless services through administering a survey to Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) and other (non-specialist) services which deliver homelessness services (non-SHS). While the survey highlighted that funding is predominantly from government sources, there is growing interest in the diversification...



3 Aug 2016

On August 9, most of the Australian population will complete the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Census night comes less than a week after national Homelessness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people. With that in mind, the week’s...

Research report

22 Jul 2016

This research found that supporting formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in Western Australia reduced their use of health services as well as the frequency with which they did so. The reduction in health service use, which was particularly...

Research report

25 May 2016

The Salvation Army’s Economic and Social Impact Survey 2016 surveyed more than 1600 clients across Australia.

It found that a massive 68% of clients living in private rental properties or paying off a mortgage experience extreme housing stress - using nearly two thirds of...