Affordable housing COVID19 share house survey

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If you have lived in a share house in Victoria in 2020, the Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative wants to hear from you.

Take the survey

What is the research about?

Residents of share houses are more likely than the general population to be young, casually employed, in overcrowded or informal housing arrangements, and at risk of homelessness.

Now, there is growing anecdotal evidence that share houses are forming and dissolving more rapidly than usual in response to COVID19. This may be because members are moving to live with their families, or partners or returning to their home countries.

The Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative wants to better understand the impact of COVID19 on the finances, health and wellbeing and housing situations of members of share houses in the state of Victoria.

To do this, it is surveying people who have lived in a share house in Victoria for any part of 2020 and invites you to participate.

Understanding the experiences of people living in share houses under COVID19 will help governments and organisations to create better housing policy, solutions and support.

What you will be asked to do

The survey takes about 15–20 minutes to complete. The survey covers topics such as financial wellbeing and health, experience negotiating rent, changing household compositions and support within group households. It includes questions like:

  • Where were you born?
  • How many hours do you work per week?
  • How much is your rent?
  • How would you rate your mental health?

The first survey is open from 9–19 June 2020. A second survey will be conducted in October 2020.

All respondents have the chance to win 1 of 10 $50 Woolworths vouchers.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like more information about the project, contact the principal researcher Dr Katrina Raynor at

Read the Plain Language Statement.

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