No fixed address: Inside Perth’s homelessness crisis

It is one of the most basic requirements in life and for most people having a roof over their head is only a question of where rather than “if”.

But for a growing number of people from all walks of life, housing insecurity is becoming their daily reality.

In recent weeks, the rising rate of homelessness has come under the spotlight at Tent City, the name given to the makeshift camp at Sydney’s Martin Place where dozens of homeless people sleep.

It is caught up in a tug of war between Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and the NSW State Government, as attempts are made to find a solution to a problem that has been simmering for years.

Although Perth has been spared some of the pain of a lack of affordable housing such as in Eastern States capital cities, there are emerging signs the reprieve might be over.

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