February 2011

The Street to Home edition

Editorial: If Not Now When?


Homelessness Australia – February 2011 Update

By Nicole Lawder, Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness Australia

New Women Against Violence Alliance Formed

Responding to the Queensland Natural Disasters

By the Queensland Department of Communities

2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters

Youth Homelessness Matters Day

 Chapter 1: Conceptualising Street to Home and Housing First

Conceptual Clarity: Housing First Strategies for Ending Homelessness

By Sarah Kahn, Manager, Policy and Communications Unit, Council to Homeless Persons

Where Does Street to Home Fit Within Past and Present Homelessness and Housing Policy Settings?

By Dr Jane Bullen, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Street to Home: Opportunities and Challenges for Australia

By Dr Cameron Parsell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland

Evaluating Street to Home: Does ‘Housing First’ Make Housing Last?

By Guy Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University

A Street is Not a Home: Why Rapid Access to Housing Matters

By Travis Gilbert, Policy and Research Officer, Homelessness Australia

Chapter Two: New South Wales: Building on Solid Foundations

No Longer Anonymous: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Chronically Homeless Rough Sleepers in Sydney

By Felicity Reynolds, CEO, The Mercy Foundation

 Way2Home: Assertive Outreach Service for the Inner City of Sydney

By Trish Connolly, Acting/Principal Policy Officer, Homelessness Unit, Housing NSW

Reaching Home: Assertive Outreach Service, Newcastle NSW

By Reaching Home Newcastle

Chapter Three: Victoria: Taking the First Steps

Melbourne’s Most Vulnerable Begin the Journey from Street to Home with MS2H

By Clover Laurier, Coordinator, Housing Outreach Team, HomeGround Services, and Georgina Standfield, Team Leader, Melbourne Street to Home, Community Outreach Services, The Salvation Army

Melbourne Street to Home… How It Works! A Case Study

By Trish Dalton and Kate Maddaford, Community Health Nurses, RDNS Homeless Persons Program / Melbourne Street to Home

Social Media and Melbourne Street to Home: A Match Made in Heaven

By Daniel Scoullar, Communications Manager, HomeGround Services and Melbourne Street to Home

Councils and Homelessness: Calling for a Better Approach

By Kate Moore and James Farrell

Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI): Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness

By Sue Grigg, Manager, J2SI

Homeless Vulnerability to What?

By Theresa Swanborough, OAM, Manager, RDNS Homeless Persons Program

Finding the Path from Street to Home

By Cassandra Bawden, CHP Peer Education Support Program Project Worker

Chapter Four: The South Australian Model and Experience

The Street to Home Service, South Australia

By Scott Kerdel, Service Coordinator, Street to Home Service, Adelaide Health Service, SA Health

Shared Governance, Health and Housing Working Hand in Glove: The South Australian Experience

By Trica Cash, Director, Street to Home Service, Ambulatory and Primary Health Care Directorate, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service

Some Reflections on Working with Street to Home

By Kris Ryan, Senior Social Worker, Street to Home Service

Primary Homelessness and Alcohol and Other Drug Use

By Peter Beaumont, Clinical Nurse, Street to Home Service

 Responding to Rough Sleeping at Adelaide’s Street to Home Service

By Tabitha Wallis-Smith, Senior Social Worker, the Street to Home Service (STH)

 Chapter Five: Queensland

 Fifty Homes are Just a Start: Street to Home Brisbane

By Karyn Walsh, Coordinator, Micah Projects

Chapter Six: Overseas Models

 Ending Chronic Homelessness in the United States

By Lisa Stand and Kate Seif, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC

 An Introduction to the 100,000 Homes Campaign

By Rosanne Haggerty, Common Ground New York


 Stephen Nash, CEO, HomeGround Services