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Better understanding entries and exits from homelessness

Policy Online carries a link (17.3.16) to an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute briefing paper detailing statistical research into the incidence of homelessness.

‘Of key importance for this project is its research methodology as it is the first to combine housing and labour market data with Journey’s Home survey data. It developed three models to examine the probability of entry into and exits from homelessness.

‘Men are prone to higher rates of homelessness. They are more likely to become homeless and less likely to exit homelessness.

‘Individuals who are married or in a de facto relationship are less likely to enter homelessness but if they do, there is a significantly lower likelihood of escape. Long-term ill-health issues do not affect people’s likelihood of entering homelessness. People diagnosed with mental health issues have lower risk of entering homelessness and higher chance of exiting homelessness.’

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