Women And Homelessness: Innovative Practice And Exit Pathways

Adkins, Barbara A., Barnett, Karen R., Greenhalgh, Emma L., & Heffernan, Maree E. (2003) Women And Homelessness: Innovative Practice And Exit Pathways. In 3rd National Homelessness Conference ‘Beyond the Divide’, April 2003, Brisbane.


The face of women now appears as a significant feature of the ‘new homelessness’. According to the Wesley Mission report the ‘faces of homelessness’ have changed significantly over the last two decades: ‘The old, derelict wino on the park bench has been joined by younger men, unemployed and hopeless; by the confused and mentally ill, frightened by the pace of activity surrounding them; by women and children, desperate to escape violent and destructive domestic situations; by young people, cast off by families who can’t cope or don’t care’ (Hoogland, 2001). This paper reports on recently completed research on women’s transitions out of homelessness and the role of housing and associated support services in offering ‘independence’. This paper will provide an overview of the research and the outcomes in the final report. The research sought to answer the following questions: a. What kinds of housing and support services do homeless women utilize? b. How does access to housing and associated support services affect women’s transitions out of homelessness? c. How do different forms of housing provision and associated support services affect women’s transitions out of homelessness? The research project was funded by the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women (OSW), who sought to further its evidence based policy development through examination of the ‘exit pathways’ for women from homelessnessii.

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ID Code: 2537
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Women, Housing Access, Homelessness, Risk society
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:35

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