Sleeping rough


26 Apr 2018

This guide aims to unpack the stereotypical image of the rough sleeper as representatitve of the homeless population, and to contextualise experiences of homelessness within recent data.


A health and social cost too high 2018
12 Apr 2018

This study showed that the majority of homeless people in Australia’s cities had low educational attainment, elevated rates of serious medical conditions, and high levels of interaction with the justice system.


13 Jan 2018

This action plan outlines the Victorian government’s long-term strategy to reduce and prevent homelessness.


18 Sep 2017

London’s distinct housing market has been exhibiting the strains of a crisis for some time. The scale of the demand for property, the tenure and household mix, the affordability gap for both renting and buying, and the scale of serious housing need all set London...


17 Jul 2017

Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. With housing affordability stress also intensifying, the moment for a push on empty property taxes looks to have arrived.


21 Mar 2017

AUSTRALIA’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 people homeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on...


16 Mar 2017

Executive Summary

It’s cheaper to provide last resort housing to homeless people than to leave them sleeping rough, a new cost-benefit analysis has found.

The analysis found governments and society benefit more than they spend by providing last resort housing to homeless...


15 Mar 2017

The need for more affordable housing close to public transport and services is acute in Melbourne. Inner Melbourne has experienced a 74% increase in rough sleeping in the past two years. This is perhaps the most visible outcome of the lack of affordable housing options....

Blog post

22 Jan 2017

Homelessness continues to be a feature of wealthy nations, and most recently, has dominated Victorian front page news, as the figures of people sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne rise.

In order to develop effective policies to prevent or alleviate homelessness it’s important...


26 Apr 2016

This report describes the outcomes of the Registry Week event which took place over a two week period, commencing 9 February 2016. The process of surveying homeless people was coordinated by Ruah Community Services as the Lead Agency, in partnership with government and community services...


16 Dec 2015

The study involved reviewing housing and other policies that affect humanitarian entrants ('refugees'), interviewing service providers, and analysing longitudinal data, including from a specially designed survey of refugees called the Refugees, Housing and Social Inclusion Survey .

The study found that refugees experience, in...


12 Feb 2015

This research reaffirms the need for intensive accommodation support services to complement criminal justice responses to crime and those who have contact with the criminal justice system.


It is generally accepted that a person’s living situation, in particular their experience of...


18 Dec 2012

This report describes the clients of specialist homelessness agencies, the assistance they sought and were provided, and outcomes achieved for clients.


Almost 230,000 Australians accessed specialist homelessness services in 2011–12

Of these clients, 44% were already homeless...


27 Aug 2012

Prepared for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, this report provides background information for the evaluation of Street to Home programs being undertaken in Australian capital cities.


19 Jan 2012

The study sought to examine how assertive outreach has been conceptualized and implemented in practice in Australia, and the extent to which it is achieving its policy intent. It did this by drawing on evidence from policy-makers, service providers and service users, through three case...


11 Aug 2011

Misleading reports cloud the real homelessness numbers and the issues for homeless people and service providers, argues Alice Clark.


2 Aug 2011

This report presents information on both Indigenous and other Australians, with the aim of providing a broad profile of Indigenous Australians experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are over-represented in the homeless population.

Whilst Indigenous Australians represent...


13 May 2011

The rate of homelessness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is four times that of non-Indigenous Australians.

Homeless Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely to sleep rough, or in improvised dwellings and shelters, than non-Indigenous Australians. The rate of home ownership for...


17 Jan 2011

This Positioning Paper reports on the first stage of research into the adoption, in Australia, of new models of assertive outreach as responses to homelessness.

The aim of the study is to explore the ‘assertive outreach’ approach, with a specific focus on the potential...

Briefing paper

30 Aug 2010

Combining homeless and accommodation services, assertive case management and eleven specialist allied health and support services, The Michael Project is described as a nationally significant service innovation.

On Census night 2006, almost 105,000 people were homeless in Australia, an increase of almost 5 per...



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