Homelessness Prevention – Research

Homelessness prevention for women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence: innovations in policy and practice

AHURI Positioning Paper 140, Swinburne-Monash Research Centre, June 2011

The purpose of this research project is to explore the value and challenges of innovative staying at home homelessness prevention measures, such as Staying Home Leaving Violence schemes in Australia, and Sanctuary schemes in England and Wales.

Staying Home Leaving Violence and Sanctuary schemes are designed to combine judicial, housing and welfare measures in a coordinated manner in order to enable women and children to remain in their homes safely, and for the perpetrator to be removed and deterred from returning.

This paper is the first stage of the research project and provides a desk-based review of existing relevant literature.  It investigates and assesses innovations in policy and practice to prevent homelessness among women and children who have experienced domestic and family violence.

A prevention-centered approach to homelessness assistance: a paradigm shift? 

Dennis P. Culhane, Stephen Metraux, and Thomas Byrne. University of Pennsylvania. May 2011

This paper explores the conceptual underpinnings of successful prevention initiatives and reviews practice-based evidence from several successful prevention-oriented approaches to homelessness in the United States and Europe. The authors (Dennis Culhane, Stephen Metraux and Thomas Byrne) then outline a conceptual framework for a transformation of homeless assistance towards prevention-oriented approaches, with a discussion of relevant issues of program design and practice, data collection standards, and program performance monitoring and evaluation.

Definition of homelessness changes but problems remain

James Farrell, Director of the Council to Homeless Persons (Vic), looks at the recent change in the definition of homelessness and discusses its implications in this article from The Conversation.

Farrell is hopeful the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) revised definition of homelessness will give  a clearer understanding of the crisis in Australia.

The edges of home ownership

The edges of home ownership are usually examined in terms of entry (affordability), sustainability (risk of exit through financial stress), and utility (retirees trading-out for asset-based welfare). However, this research shows there is considerable ‘churn’ at the edges of home ownership in all age groups. Patterns and policy implications are explored in this project.

Housing assistance in Australia 2013

This report looks at trends in housing and housing assistance provided by governments in Australia in terms social housing and financial assistance in 2012-13. The report explores the various types of housing assistance provided to low-income households and special needs groups including first home buyers, Indigenous Australians, young and older Australians, people with disability, and those who are homeless.