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More than a house: Women’s recovery from homelessness in Australia

Phipps, M, Dalton, L ORCID: 0000-0003-4470-5814, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698 and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2021 , 'More than a house: Women’s recovery from homelessness in Australia' , Health and Social Care in The Community Online , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1111/hsc.13550.

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Recovery from homelessness for women is often a long, complex and highly individualised journey. This study investigated women's experiences of exiting homelessnessand examined the factors that influenced recovery. The qualitative interpretive studyinvolved auto-driven photo elicitation and in-depth interviews with 11 women whohad previously been homeless. It took place in Australia between August 2018 andAugust 2019. Women took photographs that represented their experiences of exiting homelessness to guide discussion during interviews. Data were analysed usingthematic analysis. Findings indicate that recovery from homelessness involves morethan becoming housed. Recovery from homelessness is the overarching theme beingpresented, described using five subthemes: Finding the right house, Making a house ahome, Connection, Building confidence and Helping others. Housing was only the starting point for recovery from homelessness for women. The women drew on theirown self determination to create factors necessary for recovery from the experienceof homelessness. We conclude that ongoing support is necessary to empower andassist women recovering from the traumatic experiences of homelessness. Traumainformed care offers service providers a framework for supporting women who havelived through homelessness. Services can draw on this framework to provide supportbeyond the point of securing a house and assist women to create a home environment, build confidence in themselves and form connections to their community asthey transition out of homelessness.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Phipps, M and Dalton, L and Maxwell, H and Cleary, M
Keywords: homelessness, housing, qualitative, recovery, self-determination, trauma, women
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Social Care in The Community Online
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1365-2524
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/hsc.13550
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