The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan was unveiled by the Andrews Labor government on Saturday, aimed at getting rough sleepers housed quickly and strengthening support services to protect vulnerable people from falling into homelessness.
The plan focuses on the housing and support needs of three groups affected by rough sleeping; the recently homeless, those who have been sleeping rough for an extended period and those at risk of chronic homelessness.
The government said evidence suggested there had been a significant increase of Victorians sleeping rough in recent years.
“Over the five years to 2016–17, there was a 72 per cent increase in the number of clients sleeping rough when first seeking support from specialist homelessness services. This trend is consistent with a wider increase in homelessness – both in Victoria and nationally – and an associated increase in demand for help,” the action plan said.
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