Journeys Home Research Report No 3: Findings from Waves 1 to 3

Johnson, G, Moschion, J, Scutella, R, Tseng, Y and Wooden, M 2013, Journeys Home Research Report No 3: Findings from Waves 1 to 3, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Canberra., Canberra, Australia


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Title of report Journeys Home Research Report No 3: Findings from Waves 1 to 3
Author(s) Johnson, G
Moschion, J
Scutella, R
Tseng, Y
Wooden, M
Year of publication 2013
Publisher Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Canberra.
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Subjects Social Policy
Abstract/Summary In this report we continue with the approach taken in our earlier research reports (Scutella et al. 2012; Chigavazira et al. 2012) and adopt the cultural definition of homelessness put forward by Chamberlain & Mackenzie (1992) to demarcate the homeless from the housed, making an assessment of whether people's accommodation meets the minimum community standard that people expect in contemporary Australian society. The vast majority of JH respondents were housed at each point in time. Indeed, only 24 per cent of JH respondents were homeless at their first interview, whereas about one in two were in what looked to be stable housing. By the wave 2 interview the proportion of respondents who were homeless had declined to 22 per cent, and by wave 3 it had declined, albeit slightly, to 21 per cent. When examining respondents' transitions between homelessness and being housed at each interview we find that 57 per cent had not experienced homelessness at any wave, 9 per cent experienced homelessness at every wave and 25 per cent had transitioned between homelessness and housing. Although the majority of respondents were housed at each interview, it is clear from these figures that there is churning within the homeless population.
Commissioning body Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Canberra
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