Aims:
  • To identify the range and extent of the needs, circumstances and characteristics of older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and
  • to identify policy options to address their needs

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 of the homelessness issue in the older population. Furthermore, it is not clear what combination of policy responses are required to 'break the cycle' of homelessness in the older population. Currently, there is no integrated policy framework designed to reduce the number of older people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. As part of the Homesless Research Partnership Agreement with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, this project seeks to provide the evidence base for the development of a more systematic policy approach.

Project Value: 
$222 764.00
Funding: 
FaHCSIA
Partners: 
FaHCSIA
Date: 
2011
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Dr Maree Petersen (m.petersen@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • To identify the range and extent of the needs, circumstances and characteristics of older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and
  • to identify policy options to address their needs
Cluster: 
Type: 
Qualitative
Program Evaluative
Keywords: 
Homelessness
Older people
Social exclusion
Housing
Policy analysis
Number: 
ISSR020063