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Inner-City Sydney Aboriginal Homeless Research Project

Principal AERC Staff:
Prof Paul Memmott, Catherine Chambers [Refer to the 'Who We Are - Staff Profiles' section of this website for more detail about these people.]

Angela Pitts (NSW Aboriginal Housing Office), Col James Colin James & Sue Clarke (Ian Buchan Fell Research Centre).

Aboriginal Field Researchers:
Pam Ingram, Richard Green

This project was commissioned by the NSW Government's Aboriginal Housing Office as a part of the Partnership Against Homelessness initiative, which was established to co-ordinate and improve a wide range of housing and support services for homeless people. The research project tasks included literature review and analysis, interview data collection and analysis, compilation of service provider profiles, and the collation of data and literature in a report. The study area from which homeless Aboriginal groups were selected for interview was inner city Sydney (study area demarked with black dashed line below).

Map showing area of study

The report culminated in a series of recommendations, which will assist relevant agencies in improving their services to Aboriginal homeless in the study area, but will also be generally useful in this little researched field of enquiry.

The AERC has compiled a large body of published and unpublished literature on Indigenous homelessness during a number of significant recent projects. These included: a study of Aboriginal itinerants in the Darwin and Palmerston areas (2001), a National Analysis of Strategies to Respond to Indigenous Itinerants and Public Place Dwellers, funded by Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services (2002), and a study of categories of Indigenous homeless people and good practice responses to their needs, funded by AHURI (2003). All are summarized on this website (refer to Projects front page).

* Download a copy of the Executive Summary to the report prepared as a part of this project. For information regarding permission to view the entire report, please contact the AERC.