This report presents data from the 2007-08 Commonwealth State Housing Agreement (CSHA) Crisis Accommodation Program data collection.

Dwellings funded under the CSHA Crisis Accommodation Program are used by governments, churches and other welfare organisations to assist people in situations of actual or impending crisis or homelessness. Support services to these households are provided directly by health and community service organisations, and by the national Supported Accommodation Assistance Program.

How assistance was provided

At 30 June 2008, there were 7,567 Crisis Accommodation Program dwellings for emergency accommodation funded under the CSHA. This was an increase of 3% over the last year. The amount of money spent on new dwellings increased from $41.1 million in the previous year to approximately $43.9 million in 2007-08, an increase of 6.8%. Approximately $13.3 million was spent on maintenance of Crisis Accommodation Program properties in the same period.

There were 59,871 households assisted by the Crisis Accommodation Program in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia during 2007-08. Although all jurisdictions provide assistance under the Crisis Accommodation Program, data for the remaining jurisdictions were not available.

Information on Indigenous status was only available for Queensland and Western Australia. Among the 10,674 newly assisted households in these two states during 2007-08, nearly one-quarter (2,595) were identified as Indigenous households.