End Homelessness Now Australia
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Homelessness, it goes beyond ‘rooflessness’.
Australia is in the midst of a housing crisis, with house prices and rents rapidly increasing, and people paying so much for housing that they are forced into financial hardship. There are currently 105,237 people in Australia who are homeless and of that, 17,845, 17%, are under 12 years old.
The common perception of a homeless person is an older man with a drinking or drug problem who sleeps in an inner-city park or street. Although people who sleep rough, are most visible to the public, they only represent 7% of the homeless population. Women, young people and families staying in refuges or crisis accommodation or who move from one temporary accommodation to another are also considered to be homeless. Then there are Australians of all ages who ‘couch surf’ or stay with friends and family for limited periods of time. Some people also stay in cheap hotels or even in their cars. People living in severely overcrowded homes or accommodation that falls well below basic community standards, such as boarding houses and caravan parks, can also be considered to be homeless.
There is no “typical” homeless person. Homelessness can affect men, women and children from a wide range of backgrounds living in our cities, suburbs and country towns.
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