On any given night 105,000* people
in Australia are homeless
Home is where the car park is
People sleeping on the streets are the most visible form of homelessness. But right now, in Australia, thousands of families are living without what most of us take for granted – a safe place to call home.
Tonight, as we sleep in our comfortable beds, children will spend the night in the back seat of the family car, squashed in with all the family’s possessions.
They’ll arrive at school tomorrow too tired to concentrate and learn because it’s hard to sleep when you’re so uncomfortable.
It’s not a choice any parent would make for their children unless they’d simply run out of options.Can you imagine making this choice?
Why are they homeless?^
From polling people seeking support from specialist homeless services:
There are many different reasons why people become homeless
- Lack of affordable housing
- Domestic violence
- Family and relationship breakdown
- Poor physical or mental health
- Drug and alcohol abuse
As the gap between housing costs and income continues to widen, far too many families are living on a financial knife edge.