How an innovative, evidence-based initiative in Melbourne has reduced long-term homelessness

As part of Homelessness Week 2020, the Centre for Social Impact and Sacred Heart Mission will present a webinar and panel discussion on how Sacred Heart Mission’s Journey to Social Inclusion program has reduced chronic homelessness by providing people with housing and long-term support.

The Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program is an innovative and successful evidence-based initiative which has been proven by research, over 10 years, to reduce chronic homelessness.

J2SI is offered by Sacred Heart Mission to the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in the community – those who are experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness – and over three years they are supported to exit homelessness rather than simply manage it.

Phase Two of the project was evaluated by a team of researchers lead by Professor Paul Flatau from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia and also included researchers from Swinburne University of Technology.

Participants were randomly assigned to two groups, with one group receiving support through J2SI and the other continuing to receive support as usual.

Phase Three of the project is currently underway and the findings will contribute to the continuous improvement of J2SI and SHM’s ambition to scale the program nationally.

About the Centre for Social Impact: The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is a national research and education centre dedicated to catalysing social change for a better world. CSI is built on the foundation of three of Australia’s leading universities: UNSW Sydney, The University of Western Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology. Our research develops and brings together knowledge to understand current social challenges and opportunities; our postgraduate and undergraduate education develops social impact leaders; and we aim to catalyse change by drawing on these foundations and translating knowledge, creating leaders, developing usable resources, and reaching across traditional divides to facilitate collaborations.

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