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Homelessness and Victoria
THE FACTS
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Who experiences Homelessness

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58% are male and 42% are female

60% are under the age of 35

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Over 80,000 people are waiting for social housing

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3.2% are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, despite making up less than 1% of Victoria’s total population

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Over 24,500 people are experiencing homelessness

Where do people stay

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17.8% are living in boarding houses

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28.8% are living in supported accommodation for the homeless  

4.5% are living in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out

12.5% are staying temporarily with other households

36% are living in 'severely' crowded dwellings

What leads to homelessness

Family/Domestic Violence

Housing Affordability

Mental Illness

Financial Difficulties

Understanding the facts around homelessness allows us to better advocate and address the needs of those experiencing homelessness. However, it is important to acknowledge that homelessness is not just a statistic. It is an event in a person’s life, often recurring, that can have a lasting and traumatic effect (Parliament of Victoria 2021). Data included in this section can be found in the Inquiry Into Homelessness in Victoria Report (2021). You can read Blessing Bags submission to the Inquiry Into Homelessness in Victoria here. 

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