Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2001 – 2005

‘Supportive Housing Needs of Women with Mental Health Issues’ – by G. Geller & J. Kowalchuk (2005) (Canada) [PDF]

This project is viewed as making a contribution to the response to the national crisis of homelessness, especially as it affects those with mental health and related problems. The primary emphasis of this work is on the supportive housing needs of women who do not easily fit into many of the existing programs, particularly as availability of low-income housing appears to be diminishing in Regina (Canada). The essential goals of the project were to identify and document the scope of the problem as well as the existing services and their availability in Regina. Copyright 2005.

Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Unjustified Hardship – homelessness and women with disabilities’ (2004)

Housing situations are precarious for many women with disabilities. A decline in the supply of low cost housing, an increase in unemployment and the level of poverty, and changes in the service delivery policies of specialist services, have increased the risk of homelessness for many Australians. The impact of these changes is even greater on the more vulnerable among the homeless, most notably, women with disabilities. There are a range of factors which make women with disabilities the most vulnerable group to homelessness or risk of homelessness in our society. Copyright WWDA 2004.

Women and the Right to Adequate Housing in Australia: A Report to the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing – Written and submitted by a Coalition of Non- Government Workers, Australia (2004) [PDF]

In Australia, a group of non-government community organisations decided to work on a combined NGO report to be presented to the United Nations on women and housing. The consultation process asked for participant’s comments on the elements of the right to adequate housing, collected case studies, testimonies and best practices to illustrate the current national situation of women’s housing rights in Australia. This is the Report of that process. The Report contains a chapter on Women With Disabilities and the Right to Housing. Copyright 2004.

Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the National Evaluation of the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program IV 2003/2004 (December 2003)

SAAP is a support program assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, through a range of support and supported accommodation services. It is an important part of Australia’s overall response to homelessness and of the broader social safety net designed to prevent disadvantage in the community. The overall aim of SAAP, as set down in the Supported Accommodation Assistance Act, is to provide transitional supported accommodation and a range of related support services, in order to help people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to achieve the maximum possible degree of self-reliance and independence. SAAP IV was evaluated in late 2003 – early 2004. The purpose of the evaluation was to examine the progress and effectiveness of SAAP IV and to advise on the future directions of the program. Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) developed a submission to the National Evaluation Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP IV), and this is WWDA’s Submission to that Evaluation. Copyright WWDA 2003.