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How many people are homeless in Australia?

The 2016 ABS Census determined that in Australia there are 116,427 people who are homeless. On any given night 1 in 200 people are homeless.

  • 60% of people facing homelessness were under 35 years old
  • 17,845 children under 12 years old were homeless
  • 1 in 7 people facing homelessness will sleep rough

How many people are homeless in South Australia?

There are 5,985 people in South Australia experiencing homelessness.

Where do people who are homeless go?

There are a number of places people who are homeless stay.  These include:

  • Living in 'severely' crowded dwellings (29%).
  • Supported accommodation for the homeless (27%).
  • Staying temporarily with other households (23%).
  • Staying in boarding houses (16%).
  • Living in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out (4%) and;
  • Staying in other temporary lodging (1%).

Why are they homeless?

Asking why someone is homeless is not an easy to question to answer nor is there ever one particular reason why someone may find themselves without a home. In fact YOU or anyone else could be one pay check away from finding yourself homeless. Below are some factors that can lead to homelessness:

  • Lack of affordable and available rental housing
  • Domestic and family violence (family breakdown)
  • Intergenerational poverty (family history, can often be a learnt experience)
  • Financial crisis, difficulties or income security
  • Employment, education and training issues
  • Economic and social exclusion (a minority group/feeling different from others, feeling misplaced).
  • Severe and persistent mental illness and psychological distress (mental health concerns).
  • Young people exiting state care (foster care/under guardianship of the Minister/parents rights are removed).
  • People exiting prison (institutional care e.g. detention centre, disability group home).
  • Health (physical, mental, psychological)
  • Grief and loss
  • Poverty
  • Addiction issues such as drug and alcohol use, gambling
  • Legal issues
  • Natural disasters
  • Abuse (physical, sexual and emotional)

What are the most common reasons people find themselves facing homelessness?

  • 39.9% accommodation issues (housing crisis, inadequate or inappropriate dwellings).
  • 36.2% domestic violence and relationship issues (family breakdown, violence and assault).
  • 13.2% transition from care/custody, lack of support, discrimination).
  • 7.9% financial difficulties (housing stress, unemployment).
  • 3.7% health reasons (mental health and substance abuse issues).