The Structural Drivers of Homelessness

 

The Structural Drivers of Homelessness: Exploring the Relationships Between Housing Market, Labour Market, Demographics, Service Availability and Homelessness in Victoria (February 2012)

Batterham, D. (2012), The Structural Drivers of Homelessness: Exploring the Relationships Between Housing Market, Labour Market, Demographics, Service Availability and Homelessness in Victoria, Hanover Welfare Services, Melbourne.

The homelessness sector and governments have long argued the lack of low cost rental stock causes homelessness and prevents its resolution. However, neither homelessness nor housing market research has provided population level evidence to support this claim. This study addresses this gap by exploring the relationship between tight housing markets and rates of homelessness, and also examines other factors such as weak labour markets, demographic factors and the location of homelessness services.

Our research into the Structural Drivers of Homelessness explores the relationships between the housing market, labour market, demographics, service availability and homelessness in Victoria.  The research won the 2012 Federal Housing Minister’s Award for Early Career Researchers, and provided for the first time solid evidence that there is a clear link between the private rental market, income and homelessness in Victoria.

Presented at the Australasian Housing Researchers Conference in Adelaide in February 2012, this research plays an important role in our advocacy work with governments and policy-makers.

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This project was delivered in collaboration with Melbourne City Mission, the University of Melbourne, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the University of Adelaide and VicHealth.

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