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Community and Family Studies: Homeless Peoples

Year 12 CAFS

Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS...

Australian Bureau of Statisics


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).

Department of Social Services

This report presents the main findings from the third national census of homeless school students and estimates the total number of homeless young people aged 12 to 18. The report uses two definitions of homelessness.

Kids Under Cover- Twitter Feed

Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing

Homelessness Publications from the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing.


You Tube

You Tube


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

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

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. -

Kids Under Cover

Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent youth homelessness by building homes and providing scholarships for homeless and at-risk young people.

ABC News

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.