Tackling Australia’s growing homelessness rate

Tackling Australia’s growing homelessness rate

A new partnership between Yarra Community Housing and RMIT will combine academic research and street smarts to help more than 650,000 Australians who are either homeless or low-income renters in housing stress.

The partnership aims to address homelessness in Melbourne and ultimately to help find a global solution by looking at causes, problems in the existing housing system and prevention measures.

“Since 2011, the number of people seeking help from homelessness services has been increasing by an average of 6 per cent a year, which is much faster than population growth,” said Yarra Community Housing CEO Michael Perusco.

“There is a need to look at this problem in a different way and find housing models that work now and into the future,”

Professor David Hayward, Dean of RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, said part of the challenge was stopping the cycle of people coming in and out of social housing and homelessness.

“The YCH/RMIT partnership is a unique industry-academic collaboration in that the research agenda will be led by the people at the coal-face of homelessness and housing assistance,” Professor Hayward said.

Read more about the research project here. [Story credit: RMIT newsroom]

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