Champions o Homelessness

Invitation to participate in AHURI survey on the funding of homelessness services

A survey is being conducted as part of a new AHURI Evidence-Based Policy Inquiry (# 82090) to investigate the current mix of funding for homelessness services, and to look at how this influences service provision and outcomes for people who are homeless. The Inquiry is being undertaken by a collaborative team from The University of Western Australia (UWA), Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Tasmania and The University of New South Wales. The Inquiry Research team is led by Professor Paul Flatau from UWA. Homelessness Australia is represented on the Advisory Panel for the Inquiry by our CEO, Glenda Stevens.

Some members may have already participated in the first wave of this survey that was for specialist homelessness services. We are encouraging members with non SHS services and programs to participate in the second wave of the survey, to help build a clearer picture of the wider mix of funding sources that services and programs rely on, including philanthropy, corporate sponsorship, social enterprise and other forms of government funding.

Who can participate in the wave 2 survey?

This can include homelessness services that receive funding from non SHS sources, as well as mainstream health, employment, justice or housing services that are delivered to people who are homeless. If you agency has more than one such service for people who are homeless, you can nominate (in part 1 of the survey) the service to complete the survey for – ideally this should be a service that has an identifiable funding sources and has existed for at least 1 year.

What do I need to do?

click on this link below to participate in the survey – you have until December 10 to complete the survey.


What will happen to the findings?

All responses will be treated as completely confidential and no individual service or agency will be identified in any associated publications. Findings from the survey will feed into funding policy recommendations for both the homelessness service sector, and for mainstream services (for example in health, justice, employment) that are working with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Queries about the survey?

If you have queries about completing the survey for one of your services, please contact one of the research team at UWA listed below.
Paul Flatau or  Lisa Wood
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