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The MISHA Project

Homelessness in Australia
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Mission Australia (shared grant with University of Western Australia and University of Western Sydney).

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Project Main Description: 

The MISHA Project is a follow-on to the Michael Project. MISHA, or 'Michael's Intensive Supported Housing Accord', is an integrated program that provides long term stable accommodation and a holistic service delivery approach to homeless men. The aim of the program is for clients to achieve housing stability, improved social inclusion, and a capacity to live within the broader community. NDARC, together with the University of Western Australia, will assess and report on the program’s effectiveness.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Dr Anthony Eardley, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Kathryn Di Nicola, Mission Australia

Dr Paul Flatau, The Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia

Dr Elizabeth Conroy, Health Services and Outcomes Research Group, UWS

Miss Marina Athanassios, Health Services and Outcomes Research Group, UWS


The prime aim of this project is to evaluate the MISHA service model and develop an evidence base that can inform and influence government policy in the housing and homelessness fields.

Design and Method: 

The key component of the evaluation is a longitudinal survey, the MISHA Survey, of men recruited to MISHA. Other aspects of the research design are the use of relevant administrative data including NAHA service and housing data; a qualitative evaluation of the service, and a cost-effectiveness analysis.


Recruitment commenced December 2010; all baseline and follow up interviews are complete. The final report has been drafted. 


Two reports have been published: baseline report and 12 month report (see 'Resources' below).

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