Thousands of Victorians evicted into homelessness amid competitive rental market

The number of Victorians evicted from their homes and seeking help from homelessness services has more than doubled in five years, during which time stamp duty collected by the state government almost doubled to $6 billion.

In the 2016-2017 financial year, 43,751 people sought assistance from charities and housing services because they had recently been evicted from their home, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This was either through forcible eviction or rent or mortgage arrears.

The numbers have risen dramatically since 2012, when 17,930 people reported they had been evicted into homelessness.

Meanwhile, the amount of stamp duty collected by the state government during the same period rose from $3.77 billion to more than $6 billion. According to the mid-year state budget, the Victorian government is set to pocket $6.57 billion in stamp duty revenue this financial year.

The Council to Homeless Persons, the peak homelessness body in Victoria, said the two sets of figures were closely linked.

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