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All agencies that receive funding to provide specialist homelessness services under the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA), formerly known as the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) or the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), are in scope for the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHS collection). Agencies whose details have been provided to the AIHW by the relevant state or territory government department are included. Not all agencies were expected to participate in the collection.
Nationally, there were 1,625 agencies that delivered specialist homelessness services in 2019‒20.
Of the agencies expected to participate in the collection in at least one month during the 2019–20 reporting period, 100% of agencies provided data for each month that they were expected to participate.
A person is described as at risk of homelessness if they are at risk of losing their accommodation or they are experiencing one or more of a range of factors or triggers that can contribute to homelessness.
Risk factors include:
A specialist homelessness agency client is a person who receives a specialist homelessness service. A client can be of any age. Children are also clients if they receive a service from a specialist homelessness agency.
To be a client the person must directly receive a service and not just be a beneficiary of a service.
Children who present with an adult and receive a service are considered to be a client; children of a client or other household members who present but do not directly receive a service are not considered to be clients.
SHS clients with a current mental health issue are identified as such if they have provided any of the following information:
The client’s homeless status at the beginning and end of their support.
Clients are considered to be homeless if they are living in any of the following circumstances:
A support period is the period of time a client receives assistance from an agency. A support period starts on the day the client first receives a service from an agency and ends when:
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2020. Specialist homelessness services annual report 2019–20. Cat. no. HOU 322. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 4 May 2021.
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