Homelessness Week 2020 Overview
Homelessness is still prevalent in 2020
and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to experience higher levels of housing disadvantage than other Western Australians, including more homelessness, more overcrowding, lower levels of home ownership and higher levels of housing stress.
It is estimated that over 9,000 Western Australians experience homelessness every night, a third of whom are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. This number is expected to grow, not just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but across the whole population once Federal government Covid-19 income support payments finish and the State’s six month moratorium on evictions ends.
Homelessness Week is a national week to shine a spotlight on homelessness. Shelter WA, with support from the Department of Communities and Beyond Bank and in partnership with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness, is hosting a series of events to discuss actions needed to end homelessness.