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Homeless (SAAP)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term327316
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this term

A person is homeless if he or she does not have access to safe, secure and adequate housing. Unsafe, insecure and inadequate housing includes housing:

  • in which the client did not feel safe (this can include the client's own home);
  • in which the client did not have a legal right to continued occupation of their home (security of tenure);
  • that lacked the amenities or resources necessary for living (such as adequate heating, plumbing or cooking facilities); and
  • provided by a Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) agency of other emergency accommodation agency.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This is the broadest definition of homeless and is not used for Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA) reporting purposes. The definition of homeless that is used in CSHA data collections can be found in the 'Household - Greatest need status' metadata item.

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There is considerable concern over the number of homeless people in society and the assistance they require.

Collecting information on homeless people is problematic, as the concept of 'homelessness' encompasses elements in addition to whether, someone resides in a dwelling or not.

A SAAP client should either be homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, as defined by the SAAP Act. A person who requires the support of a SAAP worker to maintain their current housing situation is at imminent risk.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

SAAP National Data Collection Agency

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

SAAP National Data Collection collectors manual, 2001-02.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Homeless SAAP, version 2, DEC, NHADD, NHDAMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (13.9 KB)

Has been superseded by Homelessness Housing assistance, Standard 23/08/2010

Metadata items which use this glossary item:Help on this term

Community Housing DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

Household—greatest need reason, code N Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Household—greatest need reason, code N Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program client—homeless period Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

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