Women in their late 20s, early 30s most likely to be homeless

Australia’s homelessness problem is showing no signs of being brought under control.

New figures suggest there has been an 18 per cent uptick in people experiencing homelessness in the last five years.

The data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show 288,000 Australians sought help from homelessness service providers in the last financial year.

And it seems women are now doing it tougher than men — the most likely profile of a homeless person in Australia today is a woman in her late 20s or early 30s.

Melbourne mother of two, Joal, experienced homelessness intermittently throughout her 20s.

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