More than just me: Supporting fathers who are homeless
Dr Justin Barker, Violet Kolar, Dr Shelley Mallett, Prof Morag McArthur, Vicky Saunders
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The aim of this mixed method study was to explore the experiences of homeless fathers, with or without an active parenting role.
This research project was commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. It identifies the social, emotional and material consequences of the homeless experience for fathers, and their relationship with their children; and examines how their identity and role as fathers impacts on their lives in general and their experience of homelessness.
The report also examines how homelessness services currently support single fathers, and identifies policy and service delivery changes that could result in improved outcomes for this largely invisible population.
This research was done in partnership with Hanover Welfare Services and Melbourne City Mission, and addresses the National Homelessness Research Agenda 2009-2013 priority 'to inform and improve the service system and practice, including evaluation'. It fills a gap in our understanding by providing both qualitative and quantitative evidence about how best to support fathers who are homeless particularly around their parenting.