The stereotype of a homeless person – those living in tents or sleeping in parks or doorways – is just the visible tip of the much larger crisis of homelessness in Australia.
For every one of about 8,000 “rough sleepers” there about 14 others staying in temporary accommodation or with others in severely crowded dwellings. That’s a total of more than 116,000 homeless Australians, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics census data.
- ^ 116,000 homeless Australians (www.abs.gov.au)
- ^ domestic violence (apo.org.au)
- ^ CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org)
- ^ research (www.ahuri.edu.au)
- ^ Homelessness soars in our biggest cities, driven by rising inequality since 2001 (theconversation.com)
- ^ A$250 million a year (www.ahuri.edu.au)
- ^ almost 60% (www.aihw.gov.au)
- ^ If we realised the true cost of homelessness, we'd fix it overnight (theconversation.com)
- ^ Over the past 12 years (www.ahuri.edu.au)
- ^ in the past 20 years (www.abs.gov.au)
- ^ Ending homelessness in Australia: A redesigned homelessness service system (www.ahuri.edu.au)
- ^ Victoria's $5.4bn Big Housing Build: it is big, but the social housing challenge is even bigger (theconversation.com)
Authors: Angela Spinney, Lecturer/Research Fellow in Housing and Urban Studies, Swinburne University of Technology