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Housing Development
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The issue: A lack of secure housing can result from and lead to a range of health issues. Approximately 13% of people in Western Australia accessing homelessness services in 2016 were born overseas. There is a range of structural inequalities for those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds that make accessing and maintaining safe and affordable housing challenging.

Project summary: The aim of the Journey to Home project is to identify the unique needs of people from CaLD backgrounds who may experience housing stress and vulnerability in Western Australia, and who may have experienced or been at risk for poor mental health outcomes and social isolation. This project is recruiting, learning from, and listening to: a) people from CaLD backgrounds residing in Western Australia who have or is experiencing homelessness, or those who may be identified as vulnerable to homelessness (primary target group); and b) Western Australian service providers (working in housing, migration and mental health) working with people from CaLD backgrounds who have or are experiencing homelessness, or those who may be identified as vulnerable to homelessness (secondary target group).

Relevance for practice and policy: The project is making recommendations for interventions and services that are provided in a culturally appropriate, holistic, and equitable way and aims to inform approaches to increase access to secure housing and improve mental health outcomes for CaLD people who are vulnerable to or experiencing homelessness.

Project funding: Healthway Exploratory Grant (2020-2022)

Who is involved? Dr Gemma Crawford, Dr Krysten Blackford, Dr Roanna Lobo, A/Prof Alison Reid, A/Prof Yun Zhao, A/Prof Richard Norman, Dr Kahlia McCausland, Eliza Lock

Project progress:

Phase one (Sept 20-Jan 21)

  • Develop a governance model and communication plan 

  • Seek ethical approval 

  • Recruit staff 

  • Initial stakeholder consultation 

  • Recruit Research Steering Group members 

  • Scoping review 

  • Cluster analysis 

Phase two (Feb-Jul 21)

  • Recruit Community and Peer Advisory Group members 

  • Stakeholder consultation 

  • In-depth interviews 

  • Initial qualitative analysis and journey mapping

  • Feedback from RSG and CaPAG

Phase three (Aug-May 22)​

  • Stakeholder consultation

  • Qualitative analysis and journey mapping

  • Feedback from RSG and CaPAG

  • Sense making workshops

  • Development of recommendations

  • Synthesis and write-up

  • Knowledge translation activities

Project website: https://www.journeytohomeproject.org/