Bold reform or policy overreach? Australia's attack on homelessness

Parsell, Cameron and Jones, Andrew (2014) Bold reform or policy overreach? Australia's attack on homelessness. International Journal of Housing Policy, 14 4: 427-443. doi:10.1080/14616718.2014.967923

Author Parsell, Cameron
Jones, Andrew
Title Bold reform or policy overreach? Australia's attack on homelessness
Journal name International Journal of Housing Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-3269
Publication date 2014-10-21
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14616718.2014.967923
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 427
End page 443
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract In late 2007, a national Labor government came to office in Australia and identified permanently reducing homelessness as a policy priority. At the time, Australia's new approach to addressing homelessness was celebrated and widely supported as innovative and timely. This policy review asks: what constituted Australia's new approach to homelessness policy; what was the basis for implementing the approach; and what does the evidence say about its effectiveness? Our analysis shows that, based on official intentions, new programmes, and increased levels of funding, recent Australian strategies to respond to homelessness are meaningfully different from the former crisis-based approach. Advocates for Australia's contemporary approach drew upon a range of normative, economic and evidence-based policy arguments. Although there is much to be optimistic about, we show that there is little data available to measure the effectiveness of Australia's efforts to achieve targeted reductions in homelessness; the limited data available indicates that homelessness at the population level is not decreasing as intended.
Keyword Homelessness
Social policy
Headline targets
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 21 October 2014.

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