What is homelessness and does it exist in Australia?

Alarmingly, there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. From couch surfing to living in an emergency shelter, homelessness can look different for everyone. In Australia, domestic and family violence remains a leading cause of homelessness. Learn more about homelessness here:.

116,000 people in Australia are homelessness (ABS 2016)

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Homelessness statistics in Australia

Homelessness is not the first picture that comes to mind when you think about life in Australia but, living without a home is a reality for many. Uncover the myths and shocking stats about the reality of homelessness in Australia.

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How to get involved with National Homelessness Week

National Homelessness Week (1-7 August) raises awareness of homelessness in Australia and the importance of social housing as a long-term solution. Here are five ways you can get involved this year:

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Ending homelessness in Australia

At Mission Australia, we believe every person across the country should have access to safe and secure housing. As part of our 2020-25 Strategy, we are committed to ending homelessness in Australia. Learn how you can stand together with people in need and help end homelessness.

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Experiences of homelessness in Australia

Homelessness can affect anyone – regardless of age, status or background.
Meet three different people who experienced homelessness through no fault of their own.

Rebecca looking happy

Youth
homelessness

Rebecca’s story

Carol

Homelessness in
older people

Carol’s story

Brice

Unexpectedly
homeless

Brice’s story

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Are you passionate about learning more about homelessness? Learn more about the causes and experiences of homelessness with these resources. 

Australia’s Hidden Homeless: eBook

Research reports and submissions

Stories about homelessness in Australia

Become a Hidden Homeless Ally

This National Homelessness Week, you can join a national movement to end homelessness by giving monthly. 

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