Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS): Monthly Data

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report and data set on Specialist Housing Service provision in all Australian jurisdictions.

  • The number of clients who received support from Specialist Homelessness Services in Western Australia fluctuated between 5,931 clients in July 2017 to 7,185 in March 2021.
  • The number of clients who received support in March 2021 was 972 higher than in March 2020, when 6,213 clients received support.
  • Of the 7,185 clients in March 2021; 4,699 were female; 2,486 were male; 3,072 were Indigenous; 1077 were children between 0-9 years and 882 were children from 10-17 years.

What did they assist?

  • In March 2021, Specialist Homelessness Services in Western Australia assisted:

– 3,240 clients who had experienced family and domestic violence,
– 2,016 clients with a current mental health issue, and
– 896 clients with problematic drug or alcohol issues.

Why they are seeking assistance

  • The most frequently cited reason for seeking SHS assistance in March 2021 was interpersonal relationship (4,197 clients). Lack of accommodation (3,039) and financial reasons (2,899) were the next frequently cited reasons.
  • Specialist Homelessness Services provided 23,513 nights of short term/emergency accommodation to 1,882 clients in March 2021 and 126 clients received financial assistance for short term/emergency accommodation.

See the AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services report and data set for more information here.