Women over 55 years now the fastest growing homeless people in Australia

There is a growing concern in the broader community about the increasing number of homeless people we see on our streets.

The problems of homelessness are largely systemic and cannot be solved by community goodwill alone. Effective resolution of homelessness, and its impacts, requires a bipartisan mindset.

The provision of housing for all Australians not only satisfies the fundamental human need of shelter, but forms the backbone of the essential infrastructure needed for a prosperous country and economy.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics, estimates that there are 116,000 homeless people in Australia at any given time.

Homelessness is defined as living arrangements that do not have a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety and the ability to control living space.

It can mean living in cars, couch surfing, (over) staying with family, living in very crowded shared living arrangements and having access to emergency accommodation for only a few days at a time.

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Source: AFR