“Housing and Homes” – community housing for homeless research

Homelessness is of increasing concern in major urban areas around Australia. The "Housing and Homes: Understanding social support and ontological security among South Port Community Housing Group tenants" research project led by RMIT  and Cities Programme  Research Associate, Shai Dinner focused on community housing in inner city Melbourne, delving into effective methods of housing formerly homeless people in long term housing. To combat homelessness South Port Community Housing Group (SouthPort), in partnership with the Victorian State Government, manages 283 affordable housing properties in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne, targeted at single homeless people who receive government benefits. Shai's  research study aimed to document the model that SouthPort has adopted in its provision of housing and to analyse how it is effective in providing long term housing that enables individuals to overcome their previous homeless status. To achieve this aim, the report sets out to address the three questions (outlined below), through an analysis of a database; a review of finances; observations conducted over a seven month period, and; 26 individual interviews.
  • What are the key features of SouthPort’s current tenancy model which provides community housing to low income single people who were formerly homeless?
  • How do SouthPort’s tenants perceive and experience their housing?
  • How is SouthPort effective in providing housing to low-income people who were formerly homeless?
Find the answers to the three questions above and read the report key findings and recommendations - Housing and Homes Report.