Homelessness Week 2022
What is Homelessness Week?
In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.
- Social housing in Australia has shrunk from 4.8 per cent of all homes in 2011 to 4.2 percent in 2021.
- One in seven people coming to homelessness services in Australia are young people on their own.
- In 2020-21, 114,000 people seeking homelessness services had to be turned away because of a lack of resources. That's 20 per cent more than the year before. Homelessness is not "rooflessness".
- Only seven percent of people without a home are sleeping rough. The majority of homelessness is hidden - people in crisis accommodation, rooming houses, insecure housing, overcrowded dwellings or couchsurfing.
- Rents in Australia have increased by 9.1 per cent in capital cities and 10.8 per cent in regional areas in the past 12 month
The theme for Homelessness Week 2022 is to end homelessness we need a plan.
We need a national plan to end homelessness to properly address the issues driving rising homelessness, and to respond effectively so that homelessness is prevented where possible and quickly resolved when people do lose their home. The new Federal Government has committed to developing a national housing and homelessness plan. This Homelessness Week, we are launching discussions within the sector about what the national plan needs to include to end homelessness in Australia.
Homelessness factsheets A range of information on issues relating to homelessness and what is needed to address them. www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/homelessness-resources