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The ABS today released the 2016 Census data, showing that 24,817 Victorians were counted as homeless in 2016, an 11% increase since 2011 Census.
The Census puts a number to what Victorian homelessness services have long been reporting – that they’re groaning under the weight of demand, the increase in homelessness is no surprise given that as a country we’ve failed to tackle the housing affordability crisis, and our homelessness services continue to be chronically underfunded.
Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice, it reflects systems failure, and most critically, a shortage of affordable housing.
Children and young people make up nearly 2-in-5 of all people counted as homeless; 38% of the people counted as homeless on Census night were under 25 years of age
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READ THE KEY FINDINGS FROM THE DATA
The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6% over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
The latest estimates reveal more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness in Australia on Census night, representing 1 homeless person for every 200 people.
Key stats – homelessness (a)
(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. As a result, cells may not add to the totals.
(b) Homeless estimates from 2011 for the category ‘Persons living in boarding houses’ have been revised.
Further 2016 Census homelessness data can be found on the ABS website.
READ THE FULL ABS PRESS RELEASE HERE
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Since 1989, Kids Under Cover has supported more than 3,000 young people and their families through the Studio Program. More information can be found at www.kuc.org.au