AHURI Research Webinar Series

Integrating housing support for vulnerable families

Thursday 29 October 2020 at 11:00am (AEDT)

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How can housing support for vulnerable families be best integrated with other types of support, to enhance safety and wellbeing? Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) and other human services are not able to compensate for the absence of affordable, suitable housing across the housing system. Indigenous women and children in remote and regional areas face acute shortages in housing support and culturally safe service. In social housing’s currently marginalised state, tensions exist between aspirations to support vulnerable groups and policies relating to tenancy management: in particular, the role of social landlords in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour.

This free webinar presented findings from a new AHURI research project — Inquiry into integrated housing support for vulnerable families — led by kylie valentine, University of New South Wales. This Inquiry investigated how housing support for vulnerable families experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) can be best integrated with other types of support to enhance safety and wellbeing, including for women in different housing tenures, for Indigenous women and the integration of social housing policy with policies to support women affected by DFV.

The webinar included a research presentation, followed by a discussion with AHURI’s Executive Director Dr Michael Fotheringham and audience Q&A.

In this 90 minute webinar you will learn about:

  • The current challenges faced by SHS providers in supporting vulnerable families, Indigenous women and children and how social housing policies can exacerbate disadvantage.
  • How social housing is valued by tenants, and how investment to overcome current undersupply could address problems with pathways to permanent housing.
  • How other areas of government policy, such as the income support system, could be better integrated with the housing system to better support women who have experienced DFV.

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kylie valentineAssociate Professor kylie valentine, University of New South Wales

kylie valentine is Deputy Director  of the Social Policy Research Centre. Her research interests include the application of methods and concepts from the sociology of knowledge to new areas and concerns, with a specific focus on social disadvantage and exclusion. She conducts research on how human services are delivered and how they make up populations.

kylie also conducts evaluation research on integrated service delivery and programs for children and families, and has expertise in qualitative methodologies and evaluation design. Current and recent projects include the evaluation of the NSW Integrated Domestic and Family Violence Service, a study of best practice in early intervention violence prevention for women and children with disability, a review of Australian Safe at Home projects, and a qualitative study of housing pathways after domestic and family violence.


Michael FotheringhamDr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI (facilitator)

Michael is a research and policy development specialist with experience in a wide range of areas including housing and homelessness, public health, urban and community services planning. After joining the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2014, he was appointed Executive Director in 2017 and is now responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Institute and leading the development of a contemporary and policy relevant evidence-base on housing, homelessness and urban issues.

Michael has expertise in building research programs and policy agendas with not-for-profit, government and academic organisations. He currently serves on a variety of expert advisory panels including the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Reference Group, the Housing Supply Expert Panel, the Queensland Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance, The Urban Futures and Sustainable Living Expert Research Advisory Group, and the Homes for Homes Housing Advisory Group.

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