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Exploring the influence of Homeless Connect Perth on personal agency

Paull, M., Clear, A., Kestel, J-A and Paulin, S. (2015) Exploring the influence of Homeless Connect Perth on personal agency. Third Sector Review, 21 (1). pp. 79-100.

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Homeless Connect, held annually in several Australian cities and fashioned along the lines of similar days in cities such as San Francisco, has now been conducted in Perth for a number of years. As the name suggests, Homeless Connect is designed to reconnect homeless guests, as well as those at risk of homelessness, with government, non-profit and business services, personal care services and social opportunities. The research question being addressed in this paper is: How can the strategies of Homeless Connect impact on the personal agency of those who attend on the day? The findings are based on feedback from guests, service providers and volunteers who contributed to Homeless Connect Perth 2011. The one-stop services approach, as well as affording opportunities for social connection for homeless guests, is critiqued in the context of providing an opportunity to address two of the components of personal agency: knowledge and activation. We propose a model which depicts the contribution of volunteers, organisers and service providers to homeless guests' personal agency via connections and reconnections.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc
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