Homelessness facts, stats, and insights
What is homelessness?
Homelessness is far more than “rooflessness”. Homelessness means being without a secure stable and private space to live.
The majority of people without a home live in temporary, insecure, or unsafe housing situations such as rooming houses, cars, or government-funded crisis accommodation. Other people live in severely overcrowded accommodation, or are couch surfing with family or friends.
This is often called “hidden homelessness” because, while more common than rough sleeping, it typically goes unnoticed or is misunderstood.
Learn more about homelessness
Homelessness In Australia: An Introduction
What is homelessness? What causes it? Who is counted as being without a home?
Homelessness In Australia: An Introduction is the first book of its kind to explore the complex causes and consequences of homelessness in Australia. Leading researchers and advocates have produced this foundational resource to set the benchmark for the analysis of homelessness in Australia.
Homeless Link (UK)
Centre for Homelessness Impact (UK)
Homeless Hub (Canada)
National Alliance to End Homelessness (USA)
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