Research documents

Investigating the Costs and Benefits of the Melbourne Apartments Project – Phase One Report
The Melbourne Apartments Project (MAP) is an innovative housing model developed in partnership with Melbourne City Mission and a leading developer. With the support of City of Melbourne and Resilient Melbourne, the University of Melbourne have evaluated the costs and benefits of the MAP. This Phase One report finds the government receives $2.19 in benefits for every $1 of costs. The Phase Two report – exploring the lived experience of social housing tenants moving into the MAP development – will be released in August. 

Authors: Katrina Raynor, Matthew Palm, Melanie O’Neil and Carolyn Whitzman – Transforming Housing, The University of Melbourne. With the support of Melbourne City Mission, Melbourne Apartments Project, City of Melbourne and Resilient Melbourne. 
Full report: 
Understanding family conflict and its relationship with youth homelessness

Research summary: 
Understanding family conflict and its relationship with youth homelessness
Melbourne City Mission is often asked why young people choose to become homeless, or whether young people choose homelessness as a lifestyle.

While we know that the underlying causes of family breakdown are complex, we wanted to articulate that complexity in a way that could be understood in the wider community. This research does just that.              

Authors: Steven Roche and Justin Barker, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University. 

Engaging young people: Building a person centred homelessness service culture based on the experiences of young people

Drawing on participants’ diverse experiences of home and family, this report examines how young people first make contact with the homelessness service system and what their experiences are like. This report identifies four pathways into homelessness as well as exploring: What are young peoples’ service histories and experiences? What service offerings most effectively facilitate positive outcomes for young people, including prevention homelessness? What is the capacity for the service system to take family context and connection into account when addressing homelessness? 
Authors: Guy Johnson, Kay Cook and Sandra Sesa, RMIT

Stories of the Suburbs: The lived-experience of social exclusion in 10 Melbourne suburbs

Drawing on publicly available data, including selected agency and government reports, case studies, and interviews, this report offers ‘snapshots’ of how social exclusion is manifested in 10 Melbourne suburbs and sheds light on the structural, economic, cultural and physical factors that lead to the exclusion of some Victorians from mainstream society.

Flexible and Alternative Education: Hearing the voices of young people Exploring the education experiences of 13 young people from four flexible learning settings in Melbourne through qualitative, in-depth interviews.
Author: Nicholas Johns
Passport to a Positive Future – an evaluation of the Melbourne Academy

Research summary: Passport to a Positive Future – an evaluation of the Melbourne Academy
The impact of Melbourne City Mission’s education model at a time when youth unemployment is high and demand for flexible learning programs is on the rise.
Authors: Associate Professor Kitty Te Riele, Associate Professor Merryn Davies, Dr Alison Baker and Luke Swain, The Victoria Institute, Victoria University

A brief snapshot of the key findings from The Victoria Institute's 12-month evaluation of the Melbourne Academy.


No Vacancy – Best Practice Framework for Youth Refuge Melbourne City Mission's Best Practice Framework for Youth Refuge, including opportunities to improve youth refuges in Victoria. 2012
Passport to a Positive Future – integrated approach to education, training & employment Education is critical to improved life opportunities.
Achieving (Extra) Ordinary Aspirations Exploring the role the Step Ahead program has played in the lives of young people affected by homelessness 2011
Person-centred Approaches to Disability Service Provision Melbourne City Mission's position on individualised funding/person-centred approaches in key services in our disability division. 2010
Melbourne City Mission in Practice – Working in Partnership
Service models and practices that Melbourne City Mission has developed to address social exclusion and promote social inclusion.

Melbourne City Mission in Practice – Our Community Development Approach Melbourne City Mission’s work in facilitating and promoting social inclusion. 2009
Does Camping Count – Children's Experiences of Homelessness  
Children's experiences of homelessness.
Children and Homelessness – Literature Review Children's experiences of homelessness. 2009
Putting Children First – Improving Responses to Family Homelessness The complexity of issues experienced by families in housing crisis. 2007