Affordability, access and homelessness

The housing cluster is one of Institute’s core areas of expertise. The Institute has a strong working relationship with Government and service delivery providers through a suite of projects examining social housing, Indigenous housing and homelessness.

A particular focus of the cluster is to understand the causes of homelessness and to evaluate homelessness services and the effectiveness of service delivery by governments and agencies. A key feature of this cluster is its multi-methods approach; utilising qualitative methods to examine and understand experiences and personal histories, and quantitative methods to investigate general trends and make sense of large-scale complex processes and patterns.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Housing Transitions and Fertility

Housing transitions - such as changes in housing tenure and residential mobility - are the outcomes of complex history of other life-course events such as union formation and dissolution, birth of children, and changes in employment. Research on the effect of family events on housing changes is... Read more

Pathways out of Homelessness for Rough Sleepers

A central aim of the Australian Governmen't homeless initiatives and the National Partnership Agreements on homelessness is to offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it by 2020. In order to advance this objective, programs are being introduced in all major capital... Read more

Developing Effective Services in Response to Indigenous Homelessness

This project is designed to provide a research evidence base to inform service and practice responses to homeless and public-place dwelling Indigenous people, including rough sleepers. It will involve identification and critical analysis of a number of different types of service responses to public... Read more

Housing Support Options for Older Homeless People

This project seeks to provide a comprehensive evidence base to address the issue of homeless people amongst older people (those aged 55 or older). While some of the broad contours of this issue are understood, there is a lack of clear research evidence concerning the nature, extent and distribution... Read more

Environmental Sustainability in Residential Housing

This project sought to understanding public attitudes towards waste, water and energy use and the psycho-social and socio-demographic influences on consumption, with the aim of highlighting the factors that have driven changes to attitudes and practices towards environmental sustainability over... Read more

Inter-organisational Collaboration in Response to Homelessness

This research reviewed existing evidence and examine examples of contemporary leading practice to identify principles, policies and prctices for effective collaboration amongst specialist homelessness services and between mainstream and specialist homelessness services. Processes of service... Read more

‘Ending Homelessness’ Strategies

The proposed research is an examination of the role of models of supportive housing to end homelessness.  It will specifically examine the practices, assumptions and effectiveness of diverse models of supportive housing in terms of ending homelessness and creating other non-housing outcomes... Read more

Developing an Effective Homelessness Workforce

The Road to Home (2008) identified the development of a workforce strategy as a central component oh homelessness policy and an integral element of an effective response to homelessness. The aim of this project was to provide a research evidence base for the development of an effective homelessness... Read more

Preventing First Time Homelessness

Tackling homelessness is national priority yet there is limited understanding of older people’s homelessness, in particular the growing numbers experiencing homelessness for the first time in later life. This study will inform policy responses by providing a detailed understanding of older... Read more

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