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The images of Hurricane Harvey in Texas have shown how extreme weather can rob people of their homes. But what about those who have no home to begin with, or whose living situation is already precarious?
Almost one-third of people who have been homeless have suffered extra trauma because of extreme weather, according to our research involving 163 homeless services in Australia and New Zealand.
What’s more, 19% of people in our study cited extreme weather as a factor in their clients becoming homeless in the first place.
Our study, carried out on behalf of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and published by the Australian Red Cross, featured surveys, interviews and focus groups involving people with experience of homelessness. We also talked to workers with homeless services and members of the emergency services.
We found that 39% of people who have experienced homelessness lose their home during severe weather.
SOURCE: “Extreme Weather Makes Homelessness even Worse: Here’s how we can help.” The Conversation, 8 September 2017.
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