Many people who are homeless are at increased risk for exposure to COVID-19 and for developing severe symptoms. Initial policy responses to homelessness in the pandemic focused on rapid short-term housing programs, often through hotels – there are emerging challenges for longer term responses.

AHURI Research

Marginal housing during COVID-19
Led by Ms Caitlin Buckle, University of Sydney

This project investigates health and related risks associated with informal and unregulated accommodation in the COVID-19 context, using unique data sets on informal and short-term rental housing markets in major Australian cities. Policy options for expanding housing system capacity during health and other emergencies, serving vulnerable populations or essential workers, are also canvassed.

Research in progress

AHURI Briefs and News

What is at stake for people experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic?


8 Apr 2020

Examining the particular challenges and policy responses for the homeless.