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Capacity crunch: AIHW stats reveal overwhelmed homelessness services

December 12, 2023

New data from the AIHW reveals that the number of people already homeless and sleeping rough when they sought help surged in the last year, as skyrocketing rents and record low vacancy rates pushed more people into homelessness.

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Mid year economic update must confront growing housing and homelessness crisis

December 7, 2023

The Federal Government must address the housing and homelessness crisis in its mid-year economic outlook as a new analysis from Homelessness Australia reveals a 6.2% increase in demand for already overwhelmed services from those impacted, amid declining funding.

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Homelessness can be fixed within a decade

October 27, 2023

Australia can end homelessness within a decade if it commits to building 50,000 social and affordable homes per year, expands Commonwealth Rent Assistance to reduce rental stress, and reorients government services towards the prevention rather than symptoms of homelessness through a new ‘duty to assist’, according to Homelessness Australia's Submission to the National Housing and Homelessness Plan.

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Passage of housing reforms a strong step forward

September 11, 2023

The nation’s peak housing and homelessness bodies have strongly welcomed the agreement between Labor, the Greens and Cross bench to pass laws that establish the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF).

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We need the National Housing and Homelessness Plan to set an aim to end homelessness 

August 7, 2023

As consultation on the National Housing and Homelessness Plan begins, Homelessness Australia calls on the Government to set a bold ambition to end homelessness.

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First nations women worst affected by the housing crisis

August 7, 2023

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait women and girls accessing specialist homelessness services has skyrocketed to a record high in the past five years, according to a new analysis that will be launched at Parliament House today to mark National Homelessness Week. In March 2023, the number of First Nations women and girls seeking help hit 16,535 per month - up 29 per cent from 12,808 in March 2018, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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Housing crisis is driving surging demand for homelessness services

August 4, 2023

A new analysis reveals surging demand for homelessness services as record low rental vacancies and soaring prices push thousands of Australian families to the brink. Between December and March, the number of people seeking homelessness assistance spiked 7.5 per cent, an extra 6,658 clients. Overstretched and overwhelmed: the strain on homelessness services was prepared to mark the start of Homelessness Week.

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First Nations people housing needs must be addressed

June 27, 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up one-fifth of the nation’s homeless population on Census night despite accounting for only 3.8 per cent of the overall population, prompting calls for urgent investment to close the gap. Homelessness Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association are urging the Commonwealth to begin developing a pipeline of investment in Aboriginal community controlled housing at least at the level of the previous National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing.

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Social housing package must pass

June 19, 2023

Homelessness Australia together with the Community Housing Industry Association, National Shelter, Everybody's Home, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Association, the Property Council of Australia, and Industry Super Australia have thanked the parliamentarians who have strengthened the housing legislative package and called for it to be passed in this sitting of Parliament.

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Budget will help struggling renters but big challenges remain

May 9, 2023

The Federal Budget will put desperately needed dollars in the hands of struggling renters, which will provide some relief to their rental stress. But the huge challenge of inadequate supply of social housing and overstretched homelessness services remains to be addressed. 

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Stopping rising homelessness an urgent Budget priority

May 8, 2023

Homelessness Australia is urging the Federal Government to address surging homelessness and inadequate income support in tomorrow’s budget.

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Youth Allowance too low to afford surging rents

April 19, 2023

Young renters on youth allowance sharing a typical two bedroom flat have only $13 a day to cover food transport, medicine, utilities, and other costs, according to an alarming new analysis by Homelessness Australia. “We urgently need to lift Youth Allowance and Commonwealth Rent Assistance so young people have the income they need to avoid homelessness. By failing to act, we are condemning growing numbers of young people to homelessness and poverty."

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