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Governments across Australia fund a range of services to support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These services are delivered by non-government organisations including agencies specialising in delivering services to specific target groups (such as young people or people experiencing domestic and family violence), as well as those that provide more generic services to people facing housing crises.
The Specialist homelessness services 2015–16 web report is the fifth annual report from the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC). It describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2015–16.
Media release: More receiving homelessness support due to family violence (Dec 2016)
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people were assisted by specialist homelessness agencies across Australia, equivalent to 1 in 85 Australians. Six in 10 clients were female and 1 in 4 were Indigenous.
They received over 22 million days of support and about 7 million nights of accommodation.
requests for assistance were unable to be met each day.
clients sought support for domestic and family violence. The age and sex of these clients varied considerably within this group.
were clients with disability and of these, over one-third (nearly 10,000) needed assistance with self-care, mobility and/or communication activities.
clients who received assistance from a specialist homelessness agency were experiencing a current mental health issue. This is over 72,000 people.
of young people presenting alone were homeless at the time they sought support.
continue to be over-represented among homelessness service users. 1 in 4 were Indigenous, compared with just 1 in 33 of the population overall.
the greater the proportion of clients needing short-term accommodation.
older clients (59%) lived alone prior to accessing specialist homelessness services.