Recently released census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals more than 116,000 people are homeless in Australia on any given night – an increase of 13.7% compared with five years ago.
Mission Australia CEO James Toomey in response to the ABS Census Homelessness data said:
“I am not at all surprised that the homeless figures have increased to more than 116,000. It’s what our services and others across the sector have experienced for years.
“It is an international embarrassment caused by the long-term absence of a national co-ordinated plan and the lack of a serious commitment to building new social and affordable homes. We cannot afford to ignore this situation any longer. Safe and secure housing provides the platform for children to attend school, adults to work, people to be healthy and communities to thrive.”