Integrating housing support for vulnerable families - Webinar


Thursday 29 October 2020


1-2.30pm, NZDT (11am-12.30pm, AEDT)


Online (Australia based)

Organised by

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute



How can housing support for vulnerable families be best integrated with other types of support, to enhance safety and wellbeing?

Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) and other human services are not able to compensate for the absence of affordable, suitable housing across the housing system. Indigenous women and children in remote and regional areas face acute shortages in housing support and culturally safe service. In social housing’s currently marginalised state, tensions exist between aspirations to support vulnerable groups and policies relating to tenancy management: in particular, the role of social landlords in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour.

This free webinar will present findings from a new AHURI research project — Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families — led by kylie valentine, University of New South Wales. This Inquiry investigated how housing support for vulnerable families experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) can be best integrated with other types of support to enhance safety and wellbeing, including for women in different housing tenures, for Indigenous women and the integration of social housing policy with policies to support women affected by DFV.

The webinar included a research presentation, followed by a discussion with AHURI’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham and audience Q&A.

In this 90 minute webinar you will learn about:

  • The current challenges faced by SHS providers in supporting vulnerable families, Indigenous women and children and how social housing policies can exacerbate disadvantage.
  • How social housing is valued by tenants, and how investment to overcome current undersupply could address problems with pathways to permanent housing.
  • How other areas of government policy, such as the income support system, could be better integrated with the housing system to better support women who have experienced DFV.

AHURI would like to acknowledge the generous support of their sponsor for this webinar – Beyond Bank.