Extract from a post on CHP website
To mark Homelessness Week 2017, Council to Homeless Persons analysed Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data to expose trends in ‘hidden’ forms of homelessness.
Just 6% of people who are experiencing homelessness are sleeping on the street. The majority are effectively invisible to society. This data shows that hidden forms of homelessness are rising rapidly as the impact of the housing affordability crisis affects people on the lowest incomes. A recent AHURI report has found that more than 1.3 million households cannot afford the private rental market or need assistance to rent without putting themselves in financial stress.
Homelessness Australia has launched the 100,000 Homes campaign, which calls on the Federal Government to deliver 100,000 new public and community housing properties over five years.
The face of the campaign is Christine, a former teacher, who at 48 found herself sleeping on the floor of a friend’s spare room with her daughter. You can support Christine’s call for 100,000 Homes by signing her petition…(continues)
SOURCE: “Rise in hidden forms of homelessness triggers call for 100,000 homes”, Council to Homeless Persons, accessed online 11 August 2017
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