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Homelessness Australia (HA) is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector.

Homelessness Australia works in collaboration with homelessness assistance services, state and national homelessness peak organisations, other peak organisations, government agencies and the broader community.

Latest news from HA

  • Specialist homelessness services 2013-14
    Monday Dec 15 2014

    The number of people receiving support from homelessness services rose in 2013-14 - with 254,001 people assisted over the year. However, the number of people whom services could not assist also continued to rise. Last year, on average, 423 people were unable to be assisted each day. Domestic and family violence continues to be the single largest reason people sought assistance. AIHW estimates that a third of all clients either sought or needed assistance for this reason. These numbers increased by 9 per cent, including an increase of 14 per cent in the number of children.

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  • Anti-poverty week 2014
    Monday Oct 13 2014

    Homelessness: our greatest poverty Anti poverty week 12 – 18 October 2014 We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty – Mother Theresa Think of how often your contact your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours – what if you did not have this support network. For many Australians this network is non-existent, worn thin or worn out, leaving them isolated and unloved. Poverty, a pronounced deprivation of well-being or the inability to satisfy one's basic needs, is a direct path to homelessness. Australia, a country with the wealthiest adults in the world, has increasing poverty. 2.55 million people (13.9% of our population) were living below the poverty line in 2012 Poverty rose from 13 per cent to 13.9 per cent (and to 14 per cent outside capital cities), yet over the past 12 months, average adult wealth has grown 5 per cent. On any given night in Australia, more than 105,000...

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  • AIHW Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness, 1 July 2011-31 December 2013
    Thursday Oct 2 2014

    People who attended the National Homelessness Conference in September may have heard the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW)’s Geoff Neideck speak about this research, which was published today. The research tracks the housing outcomes of nearly 95,000 of the almost 423,000 clients of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) during a 30-month period from the commencement of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC). The research reaches significant conclusions about four vulnerable client groups and the support that SHSs provide them.  Read more in our sector briefing. Read our media release.

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  • Mythbusting our homeless
    Wednesday Sep 10 2014

    Mythbusting our homeless - Why they’re not who you think they are National Homelessness Conference - Gold Coast, Sept 10-12 A staggering 105,000 of your fellow Australians are homeless every single day. But they’re quite likely not who you think they are. In fact, you may be mixing with them on a regular basis, without even realising. With the 8th National Homelessness Conference underway this week (Sept 10-12), peak organisation, Homelessness Australia tackles the common myths surrounding homelessness in this country. Myth 1. The homeless population is made up of middle-aged men On any given night in Australia, more than 105,000 people don’t have a safe and secure place to call home. Homelessness doesn’t discriminate – the homeless population is made up of all ages. More than a quarter of those experiencing homelessness are under 18 years old, with 17,845 under 12. Nearly half of people experiencing homelessness are women. 1 in 40 young women (18-24) in Australia receive assistance...

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  • Parliamentary Friendship Group - Friends of Homelessness
    Monday Sep 8 2014

    On Thurs 4 September, the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Homelessness was launched. The group aims to improve Senator and Members' awareness and understanding of the issues facing 1 in every 200 Australians who is experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Contact Persons:Senator Scott Ludlam – ChairDr Andrew Leigh – Deputy ChairSenator Zed Seselja – Deputy Chair

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  • Ending homelessness - what happens next?
    Monday Sep 8 2014

    BREAKING HOMELESSNESS National Homelessness Conference – Gold Coast, Sept 10 – 12   On the eve of the National Homelessness Conference (Sept 10 - 12), peak organisation Homelessness Australia has outlined five key things that need to happen to alleviate the scourge which affects 105,000 of our fellow-Australians every single day. In a country like Australia, homelessness on this scale simply should not happen.  “It is to our shame that homelessness remains at this level in Australia, despite the amazing dedication of individuals and organisations trying to make a difference to the dignity and lives of others,” notes Homelessness Australia CEO, Glenda Stevens.  “The five steps we’ve outlined here are, by definition, broadly referenced and yet totally achievable. We have the means to dramatically reduce homelessness in Australia – it gets down to the detail of the plan and the commitment to it. Real commitment and resources; not just platitudes and short-term announcements.  “And the...

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  • HA's submission to the Welfare Review
    Thursday Aug 21 2014

    Homelessness Australia’s submission to the Review of Australia’s Welfare System. This review is being conducted by a reference group comprising Mr Patrick McClure AO (Chair), Ms Sally Sinclair and Mr Wesley Aird. Submissions were invited in response to the reference group’s interim report, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes, released on 29 June. Although the timeframe for submissions was short, the review team has conducted other stakeholder consultations, in which HA has participated. Read our full submission here.

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