Friday, 2 November 2012

Homelessness in Australia

An interesting resource (and use of new web tools) is the Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse a new website for sharing information and good practice solutions for the homelessness sector in Australia, funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

As a Clearinghouse, this website has been designed to provide information including research papers, data and data sets, articles on homelessness, details of conferences, seminars and other events and a community of practice (encouraging people to collaborate through the use of interactive communication tools to improve knowledge and good practice on particular homelessness issues).

The key aim of the Australian Homelessness Clearinghouse is to provide opportunities to share knowledge, ideas and good practices with the entire homelessness sector to better tackle homelessness in Australia. It will also be a useful tool for researchers on homelessness generally and within Australia. Users are encouraged to suggest new content for the site,  and to add research papers, data or articles about a particular topic, make comments about a research paper, data or article, suggest documents to be uploaded (e.g. a policy or a good practice case study) to share with others, provide information about organisations, services and programs that deliver support services targetting homeless people, list conferences, seminars or events and participate in forums with other site users.

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