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.

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

Evaluation of the 'Street to Home' Initiative

The Street to Home initiative seeks to target people experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping and support them through a transition towards stable housing. This project proposes to evaluate the Street to Home initiative. The evaluation task requires an appraisal at the level of the... Read more

Models of Supporting Housing Evaluation

The proposed study will evaluate the effectiveness of models of supportive housing. Focusing on models with both onsite support in congregated forms and dispersed housing with support provided through outreach, it examines how different models operate, particularly the integration of support,... Read more

Evaluation of Homelessness Service Integration Demonstration Project

This project involves an ‘integrated case management’ (ICM) approach to reduce the incidence of homelessness. This approach involves multi-agency case management and may comprise a number of structures and processes including a service integration coordinator, regular multi-agency... Read more

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