High quality research is key to ensuring high quality responses to homelessness. Building on evidence based and effective interventions is essential to the objective of ending homelessness.
The Mercy Foundation regularly hosts research and educational forums on key homelessness policy and services issues. The following is a list of forums (as well as links to papers, where available) that have been held in recent years.
2010 Official opening and Homelessness Presentations - Mercy Foundation's new offices
2009 An evening with Rosanne Haggerty (Founder, Common Ground).
2009 Women and Homelessness: A stage not a state.
From time to time the Mercy Foundation commissions research into issues relevant to ending homelessness. In 2012, the Mercy Foundation invited submissions from suitably qualified and experienced academics or private consultants to carry out scoping research on 'Older Women's Pathways out of Homelessness in Australia'.
Dr Maree Peterson and Dr Cameron Parsell at the University of Queensland carried out the research and the final report was launched in early 2013 by The Hon. Anna Bligh at the Mercy Foundation.
The Mercy Foundation also carries out smaller research studies as well as summary papers on the evidence in the homelessness and housing sectors. The Mercy Foundation's CEO is also regularly invited to make presentations at relevant conferences, seminars and forums.
The following are some links to presentations and papers by the Mercy Foundation.
Here are a number of recent and up-coming homelessness and housing related conferences. Click on the links to go to information about or presentations from each conference.
This report can be found at http://wellesleyinstitute.com/critical-characteristics-supported-housing
A copy can also be downloaded here
The Wellesley Institute in Canada is a research organisation focussed on urban health. It is important that we improve our understanding of how and why permanent supportive housing (using models such as Common Ground) work to solve people’s homelessness and sustain tenancies. This contribution to the evidence base on supportive housing is both a timely and intelligent report.
“The importance of good quality housing in people’s lives cannot be overstated. A resident of supported housing articulates its impact:
It has allowed me to stop worrying about those things that were holding me back. [Previously], I was so suppressed with all this negative energy and, and these negative things going on around me. I just felt hopeless and trapped. But due to my housing situation being changed - I have a beautiful home and I’m happy there - now I’m learning to be happy with me... I’m a good person and I have a good life, things are going good, I’m going to go out today and I’m going to be a nice person, and I’m going to have a good day. And I’m going to do, I’m going to help somebody if I can, and I’m going to make somebody smile…I can focus on more positive things, now.
Canadian governments have come to recognize that a significant proportion of the homeless population has mental health problems. As these governments attempt to alleviate homelessness in our communities, the role of supported housing for those with mental health issues is paramount. Furthermore, it is critical that supported housing programs are designed to ensure the highest degree of housing success and stability for residents. It is therefore necessary to determine what factors contribute to the success of supported housing.
Critical Characteristics of Supported Housing: Findings from the Literature, Residents, and Service Providers lays the foundation for the development of principles that can be used to guide Supported Housing programming and that can continue to be examined in future research. It also provides a set of key characteristics critical to supported housing that can be used by supported housing programs to modify and evaluate their current programs and in the development of new housing programs”. (excerpt from Wellesley Institute website).