Researching the causes of homelessness


For 50 years Hanover has researched the causes and impacts of homelessness. This research continues to form an integral part of our service delivery approach to our clients’ changing needs and demographics.

Our award-winning research team collaborates with community service providers, universities, research institutes, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies. Our research plays an important role in influencing and shaping state and federal government policy, as well as informing the community sector and broader community around issues of homelessness.

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We’ve conducted research into key areas of homelessness including:

Families and homelessness
We’ve conducted a wide range of research into the significant and devastating impacts of homelessness on families.

Ageing and homelessness
This research confirmed what staff in Hanover’s frontline services were reporting; that increasing numbers of older people were risking becoming homeless, or already experiencing homelessness.

Precarious housing and health
Housing and health are both significant areas of government investment. Our reports provide evidence of a clear link between unstable housing and poor health. We’ve conducted research into the links between precarious housing and health, as well as the structural drivers of homelessness.

The structural drivers of homelessness
Related to the above precarious housing, our award-winning research into the structural drivers of homelessness has investigated the changing geography of homelessness across Australia over the decade from 2001-2011. This research has also investigated the role that structural factors such as housing and labour markets, demographic factors and the location of homelessness services might play in explaining spatial concentrations (clusters of homelessness in particular areas) of homelessness and changes in these concentrations over the decade.

Employment, education and training
Finding and maintaining employment poses a serious challenge for people experiencing homelessness. Our research provides robust evidence on the ways that housing and employment interact to both cause and prevent health inequities.

Disability and homelessness
We’ve investigated the use of services by people with mobility, sensory and intellectual disabilities and examined the importance of gender and socio-economic disadvantage for the mental health of people living with disabilities.

Public perceptions of homelessness
Public opinion is an important component of creating the policy environment needed to address homelessness, and shifting public perception is vital in influencing public policy and legislative change.

Advocating for change
Hanover constantly strives to bring about important changes in policy and systems, to improve the lives of Australians. We achieve this through giving voice to people experiencing and at risk of homelessness, lobbying, working with other community agencies, running campaigns, making submissions and contributing to public debate.

Our research team

Our Research team operates out of our Fitzroy office. Working across the organisation, our researchers regularly...

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