Any one of us could fall into homelessness
Homelessness is often hidden – The majority of people experiencing homelessness are living in severely overcrowded dwellings or moving from one temporary solution to another, for example on a friend’s floor or couch.
There is no one reason people access homelessness services. They do so for many reasons, including 1
- 37.2% due to domestic and family violence
- 46% due to financial reasons, including housing affordability stress
- 43.7% due to housing crisis (accommodation issues and needs)
Currently there are 17,000 households on the social housing waitlist (a 14% increase on this time last year)
2 out of 3 people presenting at homelessness services with a long-term housing need are turned away due to a lack of accommodation.
- It is more cost effective to provide a person with a permanent home and support than to cycle people in an out of hospital, mental health facilities and the homelessness services system. (Putting a roof over the heads of 10 rough sleepers saved WA’s hospital system more than 1450 overnight bed stays in a year — the equivalent of $2.2 million – Lisa Wood April 2021)
(AIHW, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018)