Street to Home worker and Integrated Healthcare nurse, Brisbane City, September 2018. Photography: Katie Bennett.


Posted 03-12-2019
A Tool Kit for Local Government

Authors: Felicity Prance, Andrew Beer and Sandy Horne, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Adelaide, 2013

The Tool Kit aims to provide councils with an introduction to the ways local governments can reconsider their engagement with homelessness and build more effective responses.

These guidelines are especially designed for those councils who do not have significant experience in this area, as well as those wishing to expand their engagement with the homelessness sector. The strategies suggested here are informed by best practice nationally and internationally, however, the Tool Kit does not intend to comprehensively document all best practice initiatives. We have attempted to ensure that the usefulness of this Tool Kit is not compromised over time or changing policy contexts.

Posted 06-03-2019
Getting to Proof Points

Getting to Proof Points: Key learning from the first three years of the 'Built for Zero' initiative.

A Report by Community Solutions on how end veteran and chronic homelessness in the USA, March 2018.

Built for Zero (formerly Zero: 2016) is a rigorous national change effort working to help a core group of committed communities end veteran and chronic homelessness in the USA. Coordinated by Community Solutions, the national effort supports participants in developing real time data on homelessness, optimising local housing resources, tracking progress against monthly goals, and accelerating the spread of proven strategies.

Posted 29-10-2018
Registry Week Toolkit

This toolkit has been prepared to assist organisations interested in implementing a ‘Registry Week’ within their community.

Registry Weeks are collaborative efforts in a community to end street and episodic homelessness. Communities are encouraged to run a broader campaign to help increase the supply of permanent housing and support options and are invited to join the national campaign – Advance to Zero.

Registry Weeks use a specific methodology and an evidence-based tool (the Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritisation Decision Assistance Tool, or VI-SPDAT) to understand who is homeless and what their health and housing needs are.

This toolkit sets out background information about Registry Weeks, the overarching strategies and principles for ending homelessness applied in a local Registry Week campaign, as well as information, methodology and practical tips and tools for planning a Registry Week – a key task that can help your community to implement a local campaign to end homelessness.

Posted 29-10-2018
The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities: A Health and Social Cost Too High

Authors: Paul Flatau, Katie Tyson, Zoe Callis, Ami Seivwright, Emily Box, Lobna Rouhani, Noah Lester, Daniel Firth, Sze-Wan Ng

Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA) 2018 Report

This groundbreaking report represents the first analysis of the consolidated Registry Week data across Australia.

The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities: A Health and Social Cost Too High represents the first analysis of the consolidated Registry Week data across Australia. The consolidated Registry Week data provides the largest and richest collection of information on people experiencing homelessness in Australian capital and regional cities outside the Census and the national administrative data for homelessness services, the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection.

The report aims to:

  1. Provide a profile of the backgrounds of people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
  2. Examine the length of time those interviewed have spent homeless and have been without stable accommodation.
  3. Assess the medical conditions and healthcare needs of those experiencing homelessness, their current use of healthcare, and the accompanying costs to the healthcare system.
  4. Understand the history of interaction with the justice system of those experiencing homelessness, and their current exposure to harm and risk.
  5. Examine the financial circumstances of those experiencing homelessness and their social needs.
  6. Detail in the words of those interviewed what they feel they need in order to be safe and well.
  7. Provide recommendations for future strategies and studies that aim to inform best practice approaches to ending homelessness in Australia.
Posted 27-10-2018
Heading Home – Ending Homelessness Here

Initiating a cross-sector Project Group, mobilising the community and conducting a Registry Week in the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Penrith Local Government Areas. Prepared by Judy Spencer for Wentworth Community Housing, December 2017.

Through this project, many people who were homeless in the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Penrith Local Government Areas (NBM district) were identified, housed and a new way of working within the district was created. It embraced government, non government and corporate sector working together.

Posted 27-10-2018
Housing First: A roadmap to ending homelessness in Brisbane

A permanent end to homelessness in Brisbane can and should be a reality, but no single organisation can achieve this in isolation. This 2016 Roadmap provides a practical action plan for government and non-government agencies, businesses and individual citizens to work together, so a permanent end to homelessness is a reality.

Posted 27-10-2018
Findings and Outcomes from the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign

The 500 Lives 500 Homes Campaign Overview represents a snapshot of people surveyed in the Brisbane region during the three year campaign which began with a Registry Fortnight in March/April 2014. Data was collected and analysed for demographics, vulnerability, acuity of homelessness and various self-reported health issues.

There are eight detailed factsheets that accompany the 500 Lives 500 Homes Campaign Overview. Please visit the 500 Lives 500 Homes website to view the factsheets.