National Homelessness Research

The Australian Government allocated $11.4 million over the four years 2009-13 to meet the priorities in the National Homelessness Research Agenda (Agenda). The Agenda provided a guiding framework for building a cohesive evidence base for preventing and responding to homelessness. It clearly reflected the Government’s strategic research priorities and listed key research questions for the development of the evidence base that will help drive reforms.

A number of research gaps were identified through a literature review, a researcher roundtable, responses to the Green Paper Which Way Home and the White Paper The Road Home, and select consultation on the draft Research Agenda. The research priorities and questions under the Agenda reflected these research gaps. They were:

  1. Data for measuring homelessness;
  2. Service system capacity and effectiveness; and
  3. Understanding of homelessness

There were three main components of the Research Agenda:

  1. National Homelessness Research Partnership Agreements
  2. National Homelessness Research Projects
  3. Journeys Home: A longitudinal study of factors affecting housing stability

Full reports and evidence notes are now available on the following research topics:

  1. Developing an Effective Homelessness Workforce
  2. Pulling it All Together: Design Considerations for an Integrated Homelessness Services System – Place Based Network Analysis
  3. What Makes a Difference? Building a Foundation for Nationally Consistent Outcome Measures: An Evidence-based Client Outcomes Model for Homelessness
  4. Integrated Service Delivery in a Regional Homelessness Service System
  5. The Geelong Study: A Review of Victorian Education Initiatives Relating to Youth Homelessness
  6. People in Improvised Dwellings, Tents and Sleepers Out
  7. Keeping Off the Streets: Effective Models of Intervention with People who are Sleeping Rough – Service Models in Adelaide, Perth and Darwin
  8. Street to Home in Australia: New Approaches to Ending Rough Sleeping in Brisbane and Sydney
  9. Mapping services for rough sleepers in Hobart, Canberra and Melbourne
  10. Why are special services needed to address Indigenous homelessness?
  11. The Influence of Unstable Housing on Children’s Wellbeing and Development
  12. Indigenous Women and the Role of Transactional Sex in Homelessness
  13. Finding work: Homelessness and Employment
  14. Supporting Fathers Who Are Homeless
  15. Mapping and Reviewing Homelessness Programs
  16. Homelessness and Older Australians: Scoping the issues
  17. A study of crisis intervention and planned family support with vulnerable families
  18. Lifecourse institutional costs of homelessness for vulnerable groups
  19. Homeless away from Home
  20. Exploring primary health care needs, welfare requirements and service use of people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne’s CBD
  21. Early intervention strategies to reduce the need for women and children to make repeated use of refuge and other crisis accommodation
  22. The Role of the Philanthropic Sector in Addressing Homelessness: Australian and International Experience – a Literature Review
  23. Integrated responses to homelessness in Australia: an analysis of ‘joined-up’ policy and practice
  24. The role of local government in addressing homelessness: a literature review
  25. Evaluation of the Melbourne Street to Home program: Baseline Report
  26. Addressing homelessness amongst persons with a disability: Identifying and enacting best practice
  27. Service Users: A Baseline Report on Brisbane’s Street to Home Program
  28. Service Users: A Baseline Report on Sydney’s Way2Home Program
  29. The Challenge of Monitoring Growth in Regional Indigenous Homelessness
  30. No Wrong Door? Managing Indigenous Homelessness in Mt Isa
  31. Responding to Children in Specialist Homelessness Services
  32. Are Boarding Houses Disappearing?
  33. Integrating employment and housing support for homeless people: a case study
  34. Precarious Social Inclusion: Chronic Homelessness and Impaired Decision-Making Capacity
  35. Homelessness and Unemployment: Understanding the Connection and Breaking the Cycle
  36. Understanding Homelessness Service Transitions
  37. Addressing Later Life Homelessness. 2013 (Australia)
  38. Integrated Responses to Homelessness in Australia: What works and why? 2013 (Australia)
  39. The Role of Local Government in Reducing Homelessness. 2013 (Australia)
  40. Beyond Charity: the Engagement of the Philanthropic and Homelessness Sectors in Australia. 2013
  41. How Do We Decide What Works? Success and Risk in Homelessness Programs. 2013 (Australia)
  42. An Evaluation of Brisbane Street to Home: Final Report 2013 (Australia)
  43. An Evaluation of Sydney Way2Home: Final Report 2013 (Australia)
  44. Street to Home: A National Comparative Analysis. 2013 (Australia)
  45. Keeping Off the Streets: Update on Service Models in Three States. 2013 (Australia)
  46. Thunder in the Soul: Experiences of Sleeping Rough and Service Interventions in Three Australian Locations. 2013 (Australia)
  47. Evaluation of the Melbourne Street to Home program: 12 month outcomes. 2013 (Australia)
  48. Working to “Turn off the Tap”: The role of frontline services in addressing homelessness. 2013 (Australia)
  49. Coordination of services for Aboriginal homelessness in the Western Australia Mid-West region. 2013 (Australia)
  50. The Women’s Refuge and the Crowded House: Aboriginal homelessness hidden in Tennant Creek. 2013 (Australia)
  51. Indigenous Homelessness in Regional Australia. 2013 (Australia)
  52. Assessing Youth Homelessness in Rural Australia: The case of the Clare Valley region in South Australia. 2013 (Australia)
  53. Homelessness and the role of Information Technology in staying connected. 2013 (Australia)
  54. Geographical analysis of the risk of homelessness. 2013 (Australia)
  55. Housing (In)stability during Apprenticeship training. 2013 (Australia)
  56. Instability in the housing circumstances of newly arrived humanitarian entrants and the implications for the homelessness service system: a scoping study. 2013 (Australia)
  57. Have we reached the tipping point in homelessness support service delivery? An evaluation of Tasmania’s Stay service. 2013 (Australia)
  58. Homelessness and leaving care: The experiences of young adults in Qld and Vic and implications for practice. 2013 (Australia)
  59. Understanding the circumstances and experiences of young LGBTIQ people who are homeless in Australia: a scoping study. 2013 (Australia)