Our innovative Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program has been proven by research over more than 10 years to reduce chronic homelessness and improve all areas of people’s lives.
“Well, accommodation. I have got steady accommodation. [J2SI Case Manager] got me a nice place and I like it. That’s the biggest advantage I’ve had. I’ve been there nearly three years.
If you know where you’re gonna lay your head every night, where you’re gonna get a feed from, it does take a lot of stress out of you. It takes a lot of stress out of your life.”
– a J2SI participant
Our Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program works with people experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness – and over three years they are supported to exit homelessness rather than simply manage it.
J2SI Phase Two was run from 2016 and supported 62 people across inner Melbourne. The program built on the success and learnings of the J2SI Pilot (2009-12), which supported 40 people in the St Kilda area.
Since its launch in 2009, J2SI has proven to create both social and economic benefits to participants, government, and the community.
J2SI Phase Three is currently underway and incorporates learnings from the delivery of Phase Two as part of SHM’s practice of continuous improvement. Phase Three is funded by a Social Impact Investment with the Victorian Government to support 180 people in Melbourne.
J2SI is an evidence-based model, with both the Pilot and Phase Two independently evaluated by a team of researchers from the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Swinburne University of Technology (SUT).
Participants were randomly assigned to two groups, with one group receiving support through J2SI and the other continuing to receive support as usual. Outcomes for the two groups are presented in the final-year report of J2SI Phase Two, as prepared by Professor Paul Flatau from University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact.
A Qualitative Study of our Journey to Social Inclusion Phase Two Program on the experiences and perspectives of J2SI study participants has also been prepared, by Monica Thielking.
Overall statistics from the report show:
A highly vulnerable population
Health and wellbeing
Justice and economic participation
Cost benefit analysis
Download the J2SI Phase Two outcome reports
SHM launched the J2SI Phase Two evaluation reports via an online presentation and panel-discussion during Homelessness Week 2020.
Watch the complete recording of this virtual event for an in-depth analysis of our highly successful J2SI program, with SHM’s CEO Cathy Humphrey, report authors, Professor Paul Flatau and Associate Professor Monica Thielking, and *Fred, a former Journey to Social Inclusion participant.
Our latest findings will contribute to the continuous improvement of J2SI and our ambition to scale J2SI nationally through the J2SI Evaluation and Learning Centre (ELC). In partnership with service providers, the ELC will enable J2SI to support more people out of homelessness across Australia.
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