Description

Evidence suggests that pregnant homeless women are not receiving the level of support that they need, this is because there is currently no systemic response to this group, nor is there reliable information on how many women among the homeless population are pregnant. This research sought to better understand data collection processes for homeless pregnant women and how homeless services might better engage with this group.

Key findings:

  1. While some homelessness services collect data on pregnancy, typically, it is not readily accessible. Specialist women’s homelessness services, including family violence services, are the most likely to collect such information. Health and hospital services are also likely to routinely collect information regarding housing and pregnancy. However, there are no known means of aggregation between and across these sectors.
  2. Not having accurate data on the number of women who are pregnant and homeless in Victoria, and their circumstances, is a significant impediment to improving services and providing the best possible responses to this group of women and their children.

Key recommendations:

  1. Data collection
  2. Further research
  3. Long-term housing
  4. Intensively supported transitional accommodation
  5. Crisis accommodation
  6. Support
  7. Training and education
  8. Networks and integration
Publication Details
Publication Year:
2019