Posted 25-07-2016
What are the health, social and economic benefits of providing public housing and support to formerly homeless people?

Report from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), July 2016

AHURI Final Report No.265

Authors: Lisa Wood, Paul Flatau, Kaylene Zaretzky, Sarah Foster, Shannen Vallesi, Darja Miscenko.
Copyright: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited 2016

This research found that supporting formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in Western Australia reduced their use of health services as well as the frequency with which they did so. The reduction in health service use, which was particularly evident for hospital stays and psychiatric care, could save WA $4,846 per person per year for a total of $16.4 million per year. This increases to $84,135 per person per year for clients of the NPAH Mental Health program.

Posted 01-06-2016
Families caught in the Homelessness and Child Protection Cycle

A Supportive Housing Model for keeping families together.

A Joint Venture Research Project by Common Ground Queensland and Micah Projects, 2016.

“…the current child protection system — despite the hard work and good intentions of many and the large amounts of money invested in it since 2000 — is not ensuring the safety, wellbeing and best interests of children as well as it should or could” Tim Carmody, QC 2013.

This ‘problem’ compelled Common Ground Queensland and Micah Projects to commission research to explore a better way to drive system change. This paper builds an evidence based ‘case for change’.

This project was generously sponsored and funded by the Queensland Community Foundation.

Posted 26-11-2015
500 Lives 500 Homes – halfway there!

We know the problem, we have the solutions and we’ve identified the strategies and goals that will see us through the next half of the campaign and beyond.

500 Lives 500 Homes is a three year campaign to break the cycle of homelessness for 500 families, young people and adults in our community who are homeless or vulnerably housed. By getting to know each person by name and surveying their individual health, housing and support needs, we can respond in the best way to each person and get them housed fast.

Posted 10-11-2015
Micah Projects Highlights from our Story 1995–2015

2015 was our 20th year as an incorporated organsation. This timeline is a snapshot of the major milestones for Micah Projects over 20 years.

Posted 19-10-2015
Historical Abuse Network (HAN) 2015 Framework For Justice

The framework calls for accountability of governments, churches and non-government organisations who breached their statutory fiduciary duty.

The Historical Abuse Network (HAN) is a network of people who experienced abuse, including sexual abuse, in state or church run institutions, foster care, youth detention centres and those who as children were placed in adult mental health institutions.

Posted 01-05-2015
‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland

In February 2015 the Premier announced the release of the Taskforce’s report and recommendations into domestic and family violence in Queensland, ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

“In Queensland the number of reported incidents increased from 58,000 in 2011-12 to 66,000 in 2013-14. What this means is that there are about 180 reports to police of domestic violence incidents every day. … It is beholden upon all of us—every single citizen of this diverse, vibrant state—to take a stand against domestic and family violence; to commit to protecting the vulnerable; and to make it clear to those who would hurt another, within a relationship of intimacy and trust, that we will not tolerate, excuse, condone or accept their behaviour," Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Chair, Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

Posted 27-04-2015
A place I can proudly call home: Every Australian Counts campaign – housing stories

Over 650 people with disability, their families and carers shared their housing stories detailing the challenges they face with inadequate housing now, and their fears for the future. Published in April 2015.

They also shared their dreams, their hopes and their aspirations for appropriate housing that supports them to live their lives independently and to the full.

For more information visit Every Australian Counts.

Posted 13-10-2014
Poverty in Australia 2014 - ACOSS Report

"It is unacceptable that after 20 years of economic growth our wealthy nation is going backwards in the numbers of people falling into poverty. As this report shows, most of this poverty is concentrated among the groups of people facing the most disadvantage and major barriers to fully participating in our community." Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, ACOSS

Posted 14-05-2014
An Economic Evaluation of the Homeless to Home Healthcare After-Hours Service

An economic appraisal undertaken by Professor Luke Connelly BA(Econ) MEconSt, PhD (Qld), evaluates Micah Projects and Partners' health and housing model. The service integrates nurses with homeless outreach teams to provide healthcare to homeless and vulnerably housed individuals while also ending their homelessness. Published in May 2014.

For more information visit our Integrated Healthcare services.