Housing and homelessness
While traditional stereotypes of people who experience homelessness persist, it is increasingly older people, particularly older women, who are the 'face' of homelessness of NSW today. This inquiry has found that the shortfall in both social and affordable housing is exacerbated by statewide housing shortages...
This research investigates models for engaging private sector investors and developers in financing or delivering social and affordable housing, across different market segments and tenures in Australia and internationally. It also identifies key existing and potential players, and financial, regulatory or development barriers to wider...
This report highlights the heightened risk of homelessness for older women and single mother, and calls on the private and philanthropic sector to invest in social housing to help alleviate the worsening housing crisis in Australia.
Australia has a housing affordability problem, with many Australians struggling to rent or buy a home. This study reviews the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement and it examines how well the Australian, State and Territory governments have achieved the objectives, outcomes and outputs set out...
This article looks at what the Housing First approach is, the findings of evaluations of this approach (including outcomes achieved and why this approach works), and then explores why these pilots haven’t yet become standard policy.
The Victorian state election in November 2022 creates an opportunity for Victorians to encourage decision makers to make the changes needed to end homelessness. This position paper calls on the next Victorian government to implement 27 changes that would help to end homelessness.
'Housing First' originates from the ‘Pathways to Housing’ program in the United States. This evidence review synthesises the Australian and international literature on 'Housing First' and its implementation, effectiveness and outcomes.
This report builds on CSI UWA’s previous work by presenting an analysis of homelessness in Western Australia and detailing the important systems and service initiatives that are on the ground now to end homelessness in Western Australia.
Aspire is a homelessness intervention involving more intensive case management for a longer duration than most programs which respond to homelessness. This report outlines the findings of an evaluation of the Aspire program and social impact bond (SIB) in Adelaide, South Australia.
This strategy document asserts that homelessness can be solved through providing more safe and affordable housing, ensuring people’s incomes allow them to afford housing and other essentials, and providing support where needed for people to get into and sustain a home.
This scoping report draws attention to youth homelessness in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand, and has been prepared for Manaaki Rangatahi ki Tāmaki Makaurau Youth Homelessness Collective.
This report examines law, policy and practice concerning homelessness in England from a human rights perspective. It highlights gaps between the UK’s international human rights commitments and its approach to homelessness at the domestic level. It also provides an overview of homelessness in England and...
The '50 Lives' program pioneered the launch of 'Housing First' into the homelessness service system and onto the political agenda in Western Australia in late 2015. Fast forward to this final evaluation report, and the '50 Lives' collective impact program has supported nearly 300 people...
This report provides comprehensive evidence of the funding of specialist homelessness services, mainstream services and Aboriginal services, which assist those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness in Western Australia.
This track provides papers that address housing affordability; urban sprawl and associated housing and social infrastructure needs across cities and regions; homelessness, housing system reform, and the futures of homeownership; social and cultural diversity and its implications for housing and social/care infrastructures; and transformative models...
The authors of this paper argue that homelessness can be ended in Australia through investment in social and affordable housing, long-term support to those who need it, and targeted programs addressing the underlying drivers of homelessness.
Australia’s housing affordability crisis results from an over-reliance on just two options – private home ownership and private renting. To tackle it, a wider repertoire of policies is required. This report brings together three essays from writers with knowledge of Australian and Nordic social policy...
Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, this report analyses pandemic impacts on housing systems across a range of high income countries during this period, and documents a range of policy responses relating to housing and homelessness.
Technical paper: Alignment of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) and the ABS Census definitions of homelessness
The purpose of this paper is to outline the alignment and differences in the definitions of homelessness between the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Census of Population and Housing (the Census)...
The wisdom of women and workers: practice considerations for designing assertive outreach services for women experiencing homelessness
A critical assumption underpinning this project was that gender has a major influence on the experience of homelessness. Understanding women’s experiences and how they guide assertive outreach practice was therefore an important starting point in thinking about how responses can be gender defined, responsive, and...