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Unison Housing Research Lab forum: Who stays and who leaves community housi...

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Building 80, level 2, room 2 (Room 80.02.02)

445 Swanston St

Melbourne, Vic 3000

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For social housing providers high tenancy turnover can have significant social and economic costs – both for the tenants and the organisation.

In order to help people thrive in social housing and support them to stay longer, we need to better understand why some people choose to leave their housing prematurely, and how we can prevent it happening.

At this event, researchers from the Unison Housing Research Lab, a partnership between RMIT and Unison Housing, will present the key findings from new research into the occupancy patterns of around 1,000 social housing tenants at Unison Housing.

The event will particularly focus on examining the tenancy outcomes for three vulnerable client groups: Indigenous, youth and those with a history of chronic homelessness.

What makes some tenancies successful, whilst others fail? Which tenants are more likely to have exit early and for what reasons? How can we better support tenants to stay housed?

Program outline and speakers:

  • Professor Guy Johnson, RMIT Unison Housing Research Lab, Social and Global Studies Centre to present the findings of

  • Susan Rouch, RMIT Unison Housing Research Lab, Social and Global Studies Centre who will present an overview of her PhD ‘Settling in and making a home’

  • Interactive panel discussion with practise leaders from specialist homelessness services and housing organisations who will share best practice in supporting vulnerable tenants:

1) Lisa Slater, Assistant Manager - Community Outreach Services Salvation Army

2) John Templeman, Aboriginal Housing Victoria

3) Leanne Acreman, General Manager - Housing & Complex NeedsJesuit Social Services

4) Frank Otis, Unison Tenancy Advocacy Group

Who should attend?

This event is open to anyone who is interested in learning about the latest research on Australian social housing.

In particular housing workers, program managers, tenancy support workers, Indigenous housing workers, mental health workers, youth homelessness workers and those working with chronically homeless clients would benefit from attending.

Why should you attend?

Australian housing policy has changed significantly over the last half centry, and with it so has the role of social housing in our community. Whereas previously social housing provided affordable accommodation for working families, today it is a form of housing targeted at people on the very lowest income brackets, and often those with complex needs.

This event aims to improve sector capacity to support vulnerable people to remain in community housing, and simultaneously build more cohesive communities.

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445 Swanston St

Melbourne, Vic 3000

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