Psychology and Homelessness

About Us

Access to adequate, safe, affordable housing is a fundamental human right that forms the basis for achieving individual and community wellbeing.   Australian psychologists are concerned about the number of people who on any given night are homeless, and the increasing number of people who do not have stable accommodation.  Homelessness is a key determinant of health, and is associated with adverse health outcomes, including high suicide rates and detrimental mental health outcomes, as well as a much higher likelihood of being a victim of violence.

The APS Interest Group on Homelessness and Psychology is concerned with the mental health needs of persons affected by homelessness in Australia. This includes individuals who are currently homeless, previously homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and their families. The Interest Group supports psychologists working in homelessness research, practice, and policy. 

The Interest Group welcomes collaboration with other health professionals and highly values contributions from persons with lived experience of homelessness

Terms of Reference

  1. To promote the role of psychologists as practitioners, researchers, and commentators in relation to homelessness issues
  2. To encourage liaison among Members by providing a forum for information sharing, peer discussion, and support
  3. To facilitate professional development activities and peer consultation related to psychology and homelessness
  4. To build collaborative partnerships between Members and national and international organisations in the homelessness sector in an effort to advance research and program development
  5. To provide a network of APS psychologists able to respond, as deemed appropriate by the Society, to issues related to homelessness