On any given night, more than 116,000 Australians are homeless; that’s one in every 200 people. Most you wouldn’t see or know are homeless, as only 6% actually sleep on the streets.
Nationally, homelessness increased by 14% in five years, and 37% in NSW. Alarmingly, the number of older homeless women increased by 31% across Australia. Of the 60,000 people on the waiting list for social housing in NSW, 24,000 are single women - half with children.
Clearly, the housing system is broken but there are things that can be done.
The Everybody’s Home campaign calls on the Government to develop a National Housing Action plan that:
- Addresses the drivers of homelessness, including the lack of affordable housing, poverty and family violence.
- Rapidly rehouses people who are homeless and help them stay there.
- Addresses the over-representation of Aboriginal Australians who are experiencing homelessness.
- Commits to ending homelessness by 2030 by taking action to prevent homelessness and delivering rapid access to the housing and support people need if they do lose their own home.
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