The '50 Lives 50 Homes' project (hereafter referred to as 50 Lives) is a Housing First and collective impact response to ending homelessness in Perth, and the first of its kind in Western Australia. The project commenced in 2015 and takes a collaborative approach to house and provide support for Perth’s most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.
This second evaluation report describes the progress to date of the 50 Lives project in relation to housing and supporting vulnerable rough sleepers. Administrative hospital and police data has been used to look at preliminary changes in contacts with these sectors once clients are housed. This report draws on a wider range of data including interviews with clients, lead workers and After-Hours Support Service (AHSS) staff, hospital, police and AHSS data, research team observations and, data collected by 50 Lives from clients and partnering organisations. This report highlights both successes and challenges faced in this project to date and provides evidence to support future Housing First projects nationally and abroad.