This is the third report from the independent evaluation of ’50 Lives 50 Homes’ being undertaken by the University of Western Australia. This report provides an in-depth examination of housing outcomes and tenancy retention, and reports on changes in hospital use and justice system contacts for those people housed for one year or more and for a smaller cohort of those housed for two years or more.
Since the second evaluation report, there has been a number of key policy initiatives and strategic reports at Commonwealth and State level that are of relevance to ’50 Lives’ and serve as an important contextual backdrop to the findings presented in this report.
The 50 Lives 50 Homes (50 Lives) program is the first Housing First program in Western Australia (WA), with a second Housing First program 20 Lives 20 Homes having commenced in Fremantle in mid-2019. The 50 Lives program is a collaborative effort, with over 30 participating organisations involved, with Ruah Community Services acting as the Lead agency.