This is AHURI Final Report No 179, January 2012, explores the ‘assertive outreach’ approach to ending homelessness for people sleeping rough in Australia. It is concerned with how assertive outreach has been conceptualised and implemented into practice in Australia and the extent to which it is achieving its policy intent.
The links between homelessness and trauma are explored in Rough Living: Surviving Violence and Homelessness, a new report by the Homeless Persons Legal Service (HPLS) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) launched on 15 December 2010 in Sydney.
Three out of five outreach workers across England say they are seeing an increasing number of rough sleepers, according to new research published by English homelessness charity St Mungo’s.
Almost three quarters (71%) of those outreach workers surveyed did not believe that there was enough emergency accommodation for rough sleepers in their area.
The figures come from a new report ‘Battered, broken, bereft – why people still end up rough sleeping’ – St Mungos rough sleeping report October 2011.
This includes findings from the first ever survey of outreach workers across England as well as statistics from St Mungo’s survey of its 1,500 clients.
Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI)
Sacred Heart Mission is currently piloting a three-year project, Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI), which is aimed at tackling chronic homelessness. The total cost over the three years will be $4 million – around $30,000 per supported participant per year.
The project aims to demonstrate that with the right investment it is possible to end a person’s chronic homelessness and that it makes economic sense.
J2SI draws on research as well as best practice in Australia and overseas which shows that a person can make a permanent transition out of homelessness through intensive, individually-tailored, long-term support that addresses the underlying causes of the person’s homeless as well as trauma experienced whilst homeless.
The pilot began in November 2009 and involves 84 participants (40 who are receiving intensive support and a comparison group of 44 who are using the existing services that are available).
The Journey to Social Inclusion Project in Practice: A Process Evaluation of the first 18 months
Dr Sharon Parkinson, AHURI Research Centre RMIT University; Sacred Heart Mission, May 2012
Sacred Heart Mission has partnered with RMIT University to evaluate the social impact of J2SI on the project’s participants and with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research to undertaken the economic evaluation.
RMIT University is also undertaking a comprehensive process evaluation to provide a detailed understanding of the systems and processes that underpin the delivery of the model and how they impact on client outcomes.
The first of two process evaluation reports on the J2SI has now been released. This first process evaluation “reviews the project’s quality as well as documenting the emerging practices and challenges encountered in the first 18 months of implementation from November 2009 to April 2011.” – Executive Summary