Homelessness is not just the result of too few houses. Its causes are many and varied. Domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown and drug and alcohol abuse all contribute to the level of homelessness in Australia (FaHCSIA, 2008). Homelessness is not a choice. Homelessness is one of the most potent examples of disadvantage in the community, and one of the most important markers of social exclusion (Department of Human Services, 2002).
The Project's Dr Andrew Rochford looks at the problem of homelessness in regional areas - specifically in the Newcastle region in NSW.
Four Corner's Sarah Ferguson reports on the new face of homelessness in Australia - the thousands living in temporary crisis accommodation scattered across the country. Bad language segment in this report.
Homelessness Australia (HA) is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector.Homelessness Australia works in collaboration with homelessness assistance services, state and national homelessness peak organisations, other peak organisations, government agencies and the broader community.
Mission Australia believes every person in Australia should have access to safe and secure housing. It’s an integral part of maintaining good health and feeling part of a community. A shortage of affordable housing and high rents means people on low incomes are increasingly vulnerable to homelessness. Single parent families, in particular, spend the most on housing as a percentage of their weekly gross income. -
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: In 2008, the former Federal Government promised to halve homelessness by 2020 and put more than a billion dollars towards it.Yet the 2011 Census shows that every night in Australia 105,000 people are still without a place to call home.
Rough sleepers represent only a small proportion of Australia's homeless; thousands more people, including many families waiting for social housing, don't know where they'll stay from one night to the next.