WA Census data: estimated number of people experiencing homelessness remains persistent
Shelter WA and the Council to Homeless Persons have produced a collection of Census data and social media content relevant to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' recent Census of Population and Housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016.
Shelter WA invites people to share the content on their social media channels and in their publications, as a way of ensuring all Australians understand the number of people, experiencing homelessness in WA, remains unacceptably high.
Everyone needs a secure and affordable place to live
There are more than 9,000 people experiencing homelessness every night in WA, and another 7,000 people living in insecure housing, one step away from homelessness. This would more than fill the Perth arena every night.
The 2016 Census of Population and Housing Estimating Homelessness Data shows that homelessness does not discriminate - it touches people of all ages, genders, cultures and regions throughout Western Australia.
Western Australia has experienced over a decade of exorbitant property and rental prices, putting many households in housing stress (where more than 30% of their income goes towards housing costs). Despite a drop in rental prices in WA, rents still remain unaffordable for those on low incomes and pensions. Home ownership is becoming equally unaffordable for young people and families on low to moderate incomes.
Shelter WA understands that ending homelessness and addressing WA's housing affordability issues are problems that are bigger than individuals, organisations, governments and markets. Ending homelessness is a goal that can only be achieved if a wide group of stakeholders work together to make a difference.
Shelter WA works to make a difference through advocacy, research, policy development and consultations that support access to affordable and secure housing and addressing issues that lead to homelessness. We also encourage partnerships between the housing industry, the community housing and social services sector, and government, to deliver affordable housing solutions.
Looking for accommodation?
Shelter WA is not a provider of accommodation. If you are seeking emergency accommodation, please call Entrypoint Perth on (08) 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684, or Crisis Care on (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008.
For information on available housing supports across Western Australia, please visit our online support services directory, Housing Options & Resources.