What needs to be done to end homelessness

Understanding Why Australians are Homeless and What Can be Done
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In 2003, over 41,000 families with accompanying children throughout Australia were assisted by homeless services. Sole fathers with children in their care who are homeless are a minority group within this overall population of homeless families and, as such, little is known about their experiences of homelessness and fathering. The present paper reports on an exploratory study of sole fathers with children in their care who were homeless in the Australian Capital Territory. The study identifies the fathers’ pathways into and experiences of homelessness, and the fathers share their stories of what it means to be a sole father. The paper identifies the issues fathers may experience when dealing with homelessness and fatherhood. An increased understanding of these experiences can contribute to the development of further research and improved practice with such families.

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7 ways YOU can end homelessness - Shelter Cymru

The main objective of the law is to ensure people who are homeless or facing homelessness receive help as early as possible. It places a duty on local authorities to work with people who are at risk of losing their home within 56 days to help find a solution to their problems. It is hoped the new provisions will prevent 3 out of 4 people at risk of homelessness from losing their home.Everything must be done to avoid an unplanned move from adequate accommodation and to ensure people can act in a planned way to improve their housing circumstances. People must have access to the widest possible housing options. This enables them to secure their own accommodation before they become homeless or as soon as possible after losing their home.In recent years, we have promoted improved practices at local level to prevent homelessness. This has helped to achieve a small reduction in homelessness levels since 2012, despite adverse housing market conditions and welfare benefit changes.

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For the 1998 Symposium on Homelessness Research, rural homelessness was not assigned as a paper topic in its own right. Due to its increasing significance, the authors prepared a paper on rural homelessness for the 2007 Symposium. Given the somewhat limited formal research available, the authors supplemented their literature review with information from government documents and technical assistance materials as well as input from an expert panel of researchers and practitioners. The paper summarizes what is documented to date about the characteristics of people who are homeless in rural areas and examines whether rural homelessness and the service approaches to address it can be differentiated from urban homelessness. The authors identify gaps in current knowledge about rural homelessness and recommend new directions for research.

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DOL: Homeless & Service Providers to the Homeless

The Department of Labor administers programs providing employment and training services that are crucial components in the comprehensive efforts to address the cycle of homelessness. The Department offers both mainstream and targeted employment-focused programs that help lead to self-sufficiency. The DOL strategy focuses on helping homeless Americans who want to work or can become job-ready. DOL’s objectives are to: 1) provide access to mainstream employment assistance and services, and 2) identify skill needs in today’s workforce and address skill deficiencies of this population. (DOL Mission Statement)

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Martha Burt and Brooke Spellman focus on how federal policy and state and local action have stimulated the development of homeless assistance networks and how those networks are evolving to address ending homelessness. While little formal research has been done on this subject, the authors present frameworks for assessing system change as well as describe promising practices from the field. They describe factors that may influence the success of change efforts, including the local and state context, the interest and commitment of stakeholders, the scope of desired change, the governance and management structure for change, and the intended process for change. They also review mechanisms that help make change happen by reorienting local Continuums of Care, matching clients and services, retooling funding approaches, and using data to track implementation and outcomes.

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For David homelessness started after a relationship breakdown, which caused his life to fall apart as he turned to drugs and alcohol to cope. A breakdown soon followed and he was even missing for six months. He became what he dubs “a forgotten person”. Someone with no fixed address. This story behind David’s homelessness is typical. According to , many men who stay in homeless assistance services seek support due to financial difficulty, mental illness and/or drug and alcohol use. The homelessness itself is often triggered by anything from family breakdown, mental illness and sexual assault to addiction, financial difficulty, gambling and social isolation. In Australia the single biggest cause is domestic violence, with 22 per cent of those seeking help from services attributing their homelessness to it. Half of all women with children seeking help for homelessness are escaping domestic violence. Family breakdown is one of the primary reasons younger people find themselves homeless, couples with children most often find themselves homeless because of eviction and financial difficulty. Common attributing factors exacerbating the problem across Australia are poverty, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing.