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Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Room 201, Level 2, Cycad Building (1018)
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Cameron Parsell

Brisbane Common Ground (BCG) is a model of permanent supportive housing designed as a solution to chronic homelessness. Established as part of the 2008 national agenda to reduce the incidence of homelessness, BCG consists of 146 self-contained units with onsite social and clinical support services. In this seminar, we present evidence from a two-year multi-methodological study examining the nature of BCG, and what impacts it has achieved in the lives of people who previously experienced long-term exclusion from housing and other institutions.

We show that BCG constituted home for people who had endured years of exclusion and deprivation. These people, who had otherwise been thought of as not ready for housing, sustained their tenancies for more than 12 months. On the other hand, we demonstrate that many of the markers of exclusion that characterised people’s lives as homeless continued as they maintained their tenancies. With evidence generated from linked administrative data, we show how the costs of providing permanent supportive housing are offset by the reduction in crisis health and criminal justice system resources driven by people exiting chronic homelessness and maintaining their housing. 

Dr Cameron Parsell is a Senior Researcher and Group Leader at the Institute for Social Science Research. Dr Parsell's primary areas of research are homelessness, supportive housing and social welfare. He is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) where he is investigating the interacting individual, service provision and policy dimensions to promote exits from homelessness and housing stability. Dr Parsell is an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues, and a Policy Advisor to the Australian Council of Social Services. He is the lead and co-chief investigator on several national studies that broadly examine the nature and outcomes of newly emerging models of intervention directed toward permanently ending homelessness.

From UQ St Lucia: Take the 2.30pm shuttle bus at Chancellors Place.
On-site parking available.


The seminar will be followed by networking drinks at 3.45pm (cash bar only). 

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