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Homelessness

Homelessness

Victorian Homelessness Strategy Indigenous Service Mapping Project (Department of Human Services Office of Housing and the Aboriginal Housing Board of Victoria, 2004).

Summary:
This was a comprehensive study to determine the extent to which non-Indigenous and Indigenous organisations gave advice and support services to homeless Indigenous people.

It identified:

  • the extent and nature of the accommodation and related needs of Indigenous homeless persons in Victoria
  • gaps in services and proposed initiatives to address these gaps as well as processes to provide a more effective coordination of services.

This project was undertaken in association with Hanover Welfare Services Research and Development Unit. While there had been earlier studies in 2001 and 1998, the OoH and AHBV wanted a clearer picture of Indigenous homelessness and the effectiveness of homelessness services. The report on this project gave a ‘snapshot’ of Indigenous homelessness. Census data and Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) information were analysed, and households in four communities were surveyed. The main findings were grouped under two broad themes:

  • the pattern of Indigenous housing and the demand for additional housing and
  • the existing service delivery system to Indigenous homeless persons and areas identified for improvement.