New research made public today reveals that high numbers of Australians have experienced homelessness during their lives. 1 in 8 or 2.35 million of us have been homeless. 1 in 12, or 1.4 million have slept rough.
"People are more likely to experience homelessness in their lifetime than diabetes, asthma or arthritis. In fact, 1 in 8 people experiencing homelessness is closer to the 1 in 6 people who will experience depression." Glenda Stevens, CEO of Homelessness Australia said.
"This research should be a big wake up call to the Government. Without taking real steps to address the chronic lack of affordable housing and considering the impact of funding that does not properly resource services this number is only going to rise" said Ms Stevens.
Inadequate funding, combined with an increase in people seeking help, continue to put pressure on homelessness services.