Women and children are asking for help from Victorian homelessness services in greater numbers than ever before, according to new national data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
And the state’s economic prosperity is inadvertently driving up homelessness because of a rising population and fierce competition for housing, says the state’s peaking housing body, the Council to Homeless Persons.
Nationally, demand for homelessness services has remained steady, but in Victoria there has been a 6 per cent increase in the number of people asking for help in the past year, from about 110,000 to 117,000.
The data also reveals the gendered nature of homelessness, with women making up 64 per cent of those Victorians seeking help. Parents represented 40 per cent of clients.
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Source: The Age