Paul Memmott, Daphne Nash, Christina Birdsall-Jones. The University of Queensland
This report draws together the findings of five previous research reports looking into Indigenous experiences of homelessness in various places across Australia. Together, the reports consider the distinctive features of Aboriginal culture that can manifest in different experiences of homelessness. In particular, the report discusses how dwelling in public spaces can have a different meaning for Aboriginal individuals compared to other people experiencing homelessness, and how kinship obligations can both drive experiences of homelessness, as well as provide opportunities to achieve more positive outcomes.
For some Aboriginal people who are homeless, their experiences are driven by transience resulting from kinship obligations, such as the need to attend funerals. The complex needs of Indigenous homeless people have a number of different dimensions, and require a range of supports. The report argues that funding bodies should consider funding agencies for longer blocks of time, reflecting the complexities in setting up and managing organisations working in such a complex and multifaceted environment.