New research has offered unique insight into the lives of people trapped in the cycle of homelessness and the benefits of long-term interventions. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
Sacred Heart Mission in Melbourne last week released a Qualitative Study by Monica Thielking, from Swinburne University, demonstrating its Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program is a successful integrated approach to solving chronic homelessness.
The study included three years of interviews with people affected by homelessness and details how their lives dramatically benefitted from housing and being able to keep that home with three-years of intensive support.
Associate Professor Thielking, who is a registered psychologist, qualified youth worker and chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne, interviewed a randomised control group and J2SI participants from the program’s Phase Two, which ran from 2016-19, to gain an in-depth understanding about the systemic barriers homeless people face when trying to integrate back into society.
“Often, they had to cope with a multitude of negative factors present in the housing that they were allocated by homelessness agencies, such as neighbouring residents’ or housemates’ substance use,” Associate Professor Theilking said.
“The majority of J2SI participants spoke positively about the impact that the J2SI program had on their lives, with seven out of 10 reporting they had secured permanent housing and felt supported by case managers to prioritise their particular needs.”
Associate Professor Theilking said the J2SI model could be replicated on a larger scale across Australia and help to end the homelessness problem.
Sacred Heart: Homelessness research reveals effects of intensive support (Melbourne Catholic)