Homelessness

Traditionally, we talk about the impact of rough sleeping in terms of the extra demand homeless people place on public services such as the NHS and Police.  For the first time, this research by HACT and Simetrica begins to quantify the human cost of rough sleeping, and measure the improved wellbeing a secure home can provide to the individual. This research breaks new ground in exploring key issues around homelessness using rigorous statistical methods to place monetary values on the impact of tackling homelessness.

A dataset called “Journeys Home” was used, enabling us to assess the impact of moving between different housing statuses on life satisfaction and the effect of accessing support services on housing status. A longitudinal panel survey, the Journeys Home survey interviews around 1,700 adult individuals once every six months and is run by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne and commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

We are generating values for three tenure shifts (rough sleeping to temporary accommodation, rough sleeping to secure housing, and temporary accommodation to secure housing). The methods used in generating these values are in line with HM Treasury and Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) guidelines and are consistent with HACT and Simetrica’s earlier work generating social impact values for the housing sector. Consequently, the values are suitable for use in a variety of decision-making and reporting processes, and can be considered alongside values contained in the existing Social Value Bank.

Our new report on this work, launched at the NHF Annual Conference 2015 is now available to access below:

The Wellbeing Value of Tackling Homelessness

Published: September 2015

Authors: Daniel Fujiwara, Jim Vine

This research breaks new ground in exploring key issues around homelessness using rigorous statistical methods to place monetary values on the impact of tackling homelessness. A new large longitudinal dataset – Journeys Home – was used, enabling us to assess the impact of moving between different housing statuses on life satisfaction and the effect of accessing support services on housing status.

Funded by: Affinity Sutton; Family Mosaic; Midland Heart

Project update blogs

The wellbeing value of tackling homelessness

by Mary-Kathryn Rallings Adams (01 Sept 2015)