27 February 2019

Housing, homelessness and mental health: Towards systems change

This research report provides evidence about the systemic issues and policy levers that need to be addressed to provide more and better housing and services for people with lived experience of mental ill health. The report found there is a lack of affordable, safe and appropriate housing for people with mental health problems, and while integrated programs addressing housing and mental health are effective they do not meet demand for these services. Secure tenure is important as it allows people to focus on mental health treatment and rehabilitation. Discharge from institutions was identified as posing significant risks for homelessness and mental health. Housing, homelessness and mental health are separate policy systems with little integration, which contributes to poor housing and health outcomes for people with lived experience of mental ill health.