Housing assistance (HA) interventions not only aim to meet housing needs, they also contribute to higher level outcomes, such as improved social and economic wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. The overarching research question of Collaborative Research Venture 1 is: How do HA programs impact on economic participation outcomes, that is, employment, retirement, education and training outcomes? This report addresses two questions; firstly, is there anything about the HA and employment relationship that should concern policy makers and academics? Secondly, does a detailed profiling of working age HA recipients against benchmark groups in the working age population, suggest that aspects of the housing they occupy (e.g. its location) or of their socio-economic, demographic and health characteristics might be relevant to employment outcomes.