Launch Housing has partnered with leading academics from the Universities of New South Wales and Queensland to develop the first ever Homelessness Monitor for Australia.
The Australian Homelessness Monitor (AHM) is inspired by the UK Homelessness Monitor, a longitudinal study that provides an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in the UK. Now in its sixth year, the UK Homelessness Monitor considers the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of other recent policy changes. It also highlights emerging trends and likely future changes, and identifies the developments likely to have the most significant impacts on homelessness.
The same locally-based information would be of immense value to Australian policy makers and of widespread community interest, as it clearly demonstrates that homelessness is not inevitable. Rather, homelessness is a consequence of decisions made across a range of key policy areas that contribute to housing stress and homelessness. The AHM will provide a clear picture of the economic, social, health and welfare indicators associated with poor housing outcomes. The first AHM is planned for publication in late 2017.