This project has three key aims. The primary aim is to investigate the role of informal community resources in promoting stable housing outcomes and enhancing social inclusion for young people recovering from a mental illness. The second aim is to identify the neighbourhood factors that potentially moderate the risk of homelessness for youth in recovery. The third aim is to explore how housing policy interventions can strengthen the array of informal community resources available to support stable housing for youth in recovery.
To achieve these aims, research will be conducted in two sites, Melbourne and Launceston, in two phases. The first phase will involve the recruitment of a sample of youth aged 18–30 and recovering from a mental illness. Up to 20 youth will be recruited in each site, including a mix of homeless youth, youth currently living in supported accommodation and youth living independently.
This phase will employ a range of innovative qualitative methods to identify the various informal resources available in young people’s communities to facilitate the transition to independent housing while promoting recovery and social inclusion. The second research phase will involve focus groups in Melbourne and Launceston with housing policy-makers, practitioners and service providers.
These sessions will explore how the informal resources identified in phase one might be mobilised in the design of novel, place-based, housing and social inclusion initiatives for youth recovering from a mental illness.