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Household—homeless status (Commonwealth State Housing Agreement)

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269748
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006
Definition:Help on this term

Homeless, for the purpose of the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA) priority access national standard, is defined as a household with no housing or a household residing in temporary or emergency accommodation at the time of housing allocation. It includes households who:

  • lived in accommodation provided by a Supported Accommodation Assistance Program agency or some other form of emergency accommodation;
  • were totally without permanent shelter (e.g. wandered from place to place, slept out on the street or on park benches);
  • lived in shelter that was unlawful such as those who were forced to squat in derelict buildings; or
  • stayed temporarily with friends or relatives in the short term (e.g. up to a maximum of 6 weeks duration).
Context:Help on this term

The CSHA priority access national standard identifies applicants who at the time of allocation were homeless or who did not have access to safe, secure and affordable housing. The definition of 'homeless' used in this standard is narrow and focuses on persons who experienced primary and secondary homelessness (excluding people residing in boarding houses) according to the definitions developed by Chamberlain.

The CSHA priority access national standard draws a distinction between the 'homeless' category and the categories which address the safety, security and affordability of housing. It would therefore have been inappropriate to use the SAAP Homeless definition, as it is a broader concept and is inclusive of persons who did not have access to safe, secure and adequate housing.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Household
Definition:Help on this term

A group of two or more related or unrelated people who usually reside in the same dwelling, and who make common provision for food or other essentials for living; or a single person living in a dwelling who makes provision for his or her own food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person.

Context:Help on this term

Together with family, household is considered one of the basic groups of social aggregation. Information on household numbers and composition aids in identifying groups within the population such as Indigenous households or the number of people living alone.

Specialisation of:Help on this termPerson/group of persons

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

For housing data collections, the number of tenancy agreements is a practical proxy for calculating the number of households receiving housing assistance.

The persons in the group may pool their incomes and have a common budget to a greater or lesser extent: they may be related or unrelated persons, or a combination of both.

Only usual residents of the household are included as members of the household. Visitors to a household are, by definition, excluded from the household.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

CSHA Public rental housing data manual 2001-02


Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Homeless status
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of a state of homelessness.
Property group:Help on this termAccommodation/living characteristics

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element concept attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Data Elements implementing this Data Element Concept:Help on this term

Household—homeless status (Commonwealth State Housing Agreement), code N Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

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