Family homelessness is increasing in Australia, and this report details how homelessness affects the everyday experiences of women with children. It examines how homelessness affects citizenship: the ways in which women understand and negotiate rights and responsibilities, belonging and participation.
The research was undertaken in a context in which homelessness amongst families is increasing, with most homeless families comprising women and children. It used an in-depth qualitative research method to give voice to the women and their perspectives on the differences that homelessness has made to their lives and those of their children. This approach differs from much research into homelessness which is framed in terms of public policy and sees families predominantly as current or potential clients of services.