The first Greater Hobart Homelessness Survey, a joint initiative of Common Ground Tasmania and the Salvation
Army, took place on 27th and 28th November 2011. Over 70 volunteers surveyed 44 people sleeping rough in
Greater Hobart about their housing and healthcare needs. The volunteers used a survey tool called the
Vulnerability Index (VI).
The VI captures housing, health, institutional history and other relevant data to develop a register of people who
are homeless and their housing and healthcare needs. It is based on research by Dr Jim O’Connell of Boston
Healthcare for the Homeless Program. His research shows 8 key health indicators place a homeless person at
a higher risk of dying than a person with the same health indicators who is housed. It is a targeted approach that
ensures our most vulnerable citizens can be prioritised for appropriate housing and support services that are
matched with their needs.
The survey was the first step of the 50 Lives 50 Homes community campaign to house and support Hobart’s
50 most vulnerable homeless people within 6 months. Since November, we have continued to build the
Vulnerability Index data for Hobart’s chronically homeless population to ensure that, as a community, we can
house and support our most vulnerable citizens.
The top line survey results for the 149 surveys conducted between 27 November 2011 and 30 November 2012 are below.
* One person can multiple risk factors.
The definition of Vulnerability that is being applied is:
- End stage renal disease
- History of cold weather injuries
- Liver disease or cirrhosis
- Over 60 years old
- Three of more emergency room visits in prior three months
- Three or more ER or hospitalisations in prior year
- Tri-morbid (mentally ill + abusing substances + medical problem)
- Alcohol everyday in past 30
7.30 Report Tasmania - Report on Hobart Homeless Survey
7.30 Report Victoria - Report on Melbourne Homeless Survey
The Age - Nocturnal search for the homeless a matter of trust
Common Ground Tasmania and the Salvation Army gratefully acknowledge
2013 Homelessness Survey
Click here for the 2013 Homelessness Survey conducted by the Salvation Army & Common Ground Tasmania.