Homeless families



A plan to end homelessness

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.

An obstacle course: homelessness assistance and the right to housing in England

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 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...

Launch Housing’s inaugural impact report 2020-2021

This report outlines the story of what has changed for people, community and society in Melbourne as a result of Launch Housing's work over the past year, along with their understanding of what has influenced those changes.

Double return

This study by Equity Economics, commissioned by Everybody’s Home, projects homelessness in Australia will surge and more Australian families will experience housing stress in 2021, due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The 2019-2020 Australian bushfires: from temporary evacuation to longer-term displacement

This report presents the first comprehensive figures and analysis of the patterns of displacement associated with the 2019-2020 bushfire season.

Specialist Homelessness Sector: workforce capability framework

This framework clarifies the skills, knowledge and competencies required by practitioners providing high-quality Specialist Homelessness Sector (SHS) services. It provides the capabilities required for work in the SHS, for today and into the future.

Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001

Governments must find ways to urgently increase both the supply and size of affordable rental dwellings for people with the lowest incomes.

The changing geography of homelessness: a spatial analysis from 2001 to 2016

This study examines the changing geography of homelessness. It outlines the extent to which homelessness has become more spatially concentrated over time; where it has risen and fallen; and the importance that housing affordability, poverty and labour market opportunities play in reshaping its distribution.

Out of the shadows

Domestic and family violence is a major driver of homelessness in Australia, particularly for women and their children. This paper focuses on the intersections between these issues, drawing together the research, stories of victim-survivors and service provider wisdom to recommend ways forward.

Housing outcomes after domestic and family violence

This study examined the impact of housing and other support services on safety and wellbeing for families experiencing domestic and family violence. The study also reviewed the legislative framework across Australia, together with interviews with key stakeholders and users.

A crisis in crisis: the appalling state of emergency accommodation in Melbourne’s north and west

Across Victoria, there are only 423 crisis ‘beds’ available to people experiencing homelessness and/or family violence. When those beds are full, agencies are completely dependent on the private housing system and they use the limited funds they have available to access low end hotels and...

The Specialist Homelessness Sector transition plan (2018-2022)

The development of the SHS Industry Transition Plan has provided an opportunity for the SHS sector to contribute to government’s thinking about the process, and the opportunity to identify priorities for future development.
Conference proceedings

Presentations from the National Homelessness Conference 2018

The 2018 National Homelessness Conference, presenting the theme ‘Ending homelessness together’, delivered a wealth of evidence and information on ways to understand, reduce and alleviate homelessness. Over 800 delegates and more than 80 speakers participated across two very full days, exploring the underlying drivers of...

NSW homelessness strategy 2018–2023

This strategy document sets the direction for the next five years, focusing on prevention responses that address the root causes of homelessness, and early intervention responses that will reduce the longer term impact of homelessness.

The Western Australian strategy to end homelessness 2018-2028

This strategy has been developed by the Western Australian Alliance to End Homeless, following an 18-month community campaign bringing together contributions of many people from homelessness services, those experiencing homelessness, funders of services and members of the community.
Briefing paper

Key findings from the early review of the NSW Specialist Homelessness Services Program

The Early Review looks at what is and isn’t working well and identifies key areas where FACS and the homelessness sector can work together to improve outcomes for clients.

Spotlight on CAB clients needing emergency accommodation

This Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) report paints a disturbing picture of vulnerable children, families and individuals who are being left without the safety net of somewhere warm and safe to sleep for the night, sometimes after having asked for help from a government agency. CAB...

Reducing the need for women and children to make repeated use of refuge and other crisis accommodation

This report sets out the findings of a research project investigating Early Intervention Strategies to Reduce the Need for Women and Children to Make Repeated Use of Refuge and Other Crisis Accommodation. The project is intended to bring forward knowledge of the reasons for the...

Does camping count? Children's experiences of homelessness

In Victoria, children constitute a third of people attending homelessness services. This research aimed to gain insight into the homelessness experience of children accommodated in transitional support services in an urban setting. It is the first major investigation of children’s perspectives on the experience of...

The faces of homelessness

This report from Wesley Mission examined homelessness in Australia.

Putting children first: improving responses to family homelessness

Melbourne Citymission workers have expressed concern that they do not currently have the time or resources to provide the amount of intensive support required for families experiencing housing crisis.

Bringing democracy home: enfranchising Australia's homeless

The ISR is working with the Australian Electoral Commission to develop a joint research project on Australian homeless people, voting and access to the ballot. A discussion paper is available online, calling for comment and for suggestions on how to contact homeless people.