The ABS today released the 2016 Census data, showing that 24,817 Victorians were counted as homeless in 2016, an 11% increase since 2011 Census.
The Census puts a number to what Victorian homelessness services have long been reporting – that they’re groaning under the weight of demand,
The increase in homelessness is no surprise given that as a country we’ve failed to tackle the housing affordability crisis, and our homelessness services continue to be chronically underfunded.
Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice, it reflects systems failure, and most critically, a shortage of affordable housing.
In our State Budget Submission CHP has called for 14,500 more social housing properties, tripling the commitment already made by the State Government. We’ve also proposed more focus on programs that help people on low incomes to sustain private rental, a focus on turning off the tap of homelessness through dedicated housing for people exiting institutions, support for kids experiencing homelessness to stay connected to school, and a Permanent Supportive Housing program that targets rough sleepers.
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