Homelessness is a complex issue, involving more than just a lack of housing. Factors that may increase a person's risk of becoming or remaining homeless can include:
People experiencing homelessness may access a wide range of general government services, including:
Many Australians experience events in their life that may place them at risk of homelessness. It is estimated that half (50%) of lower income households experience affordability issues due to rental stress (paying more than 30% of their gross income on housing costs), and around 1 in 6 women have experienced some form of domestic and family violence in their lifetime, putting them at risk of homelessness.
Specialist homelessness agencies vary considerably in size and in the types of assistance they provide. Across Australia, agencies provide services aimed at prevention and early intervention, crisis and post-crisis assistance to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. For example, some agencies focus specifically on assisting people experiencing homelessness, while others deliver a broader range of services, including youth intervention services and domestic and family violence services. Assistance ranges from basic, short-term interventions, such as advice and information, through to more specialised, time-intensive services such as financial advice and professional legal services.
The Specialist Homelessness Services Collection commenced in July 2011 and is the main source of current data about these services. Every year the AIHW produces reports on the collection that describe:
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