Homeless in Australia 2010


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Homeless in Australia.

351,000 had experienced homelessness in the last 12 months (2010 reporting)
68% of people had stayed with a relative,
52% with a friend,
13% had slept rough or in an abandoned building, and
7.7% had stayed in a shelter or refuge

44% experienced homelessness due to family, friend or relationship problems
14% because of the tight housing or rental market
13% because of financial problems

Periods of Homelessness During Last 10 years.

13.8% Less than one week
8.8% One week to less than two weeks
11.8% Two weeks to less than four weeks
22.8% One month to less than three months
14.7% Three months to less than six months
28.1% Six months or more

Residence during homelessness.

69.7% Stayed with relatives or friend
9.1% Stayed in a caravan
6.4% Stayed at a boarding house/hostel
4.5% Stayed in a shelter or refuge
7.6% Slept rough or in an abandoned building

33.3% Sought assistance during homelessness
66.7% Did not seek assistance during homelessness


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Source: 1590DO017_2014 General Social Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2014

Raw Data:

During the last 10 years

Situations ever experienced homelessness

965,700 39.4% Stayed with relatives
743,400 30.3% Stayed at a friend’s house
223,700 9.1% Stayed in a caravan
157,500 6.4% Stayed at a boarding house/hostel
109,700 4.5% Stayed in a shelter or refuge
186,000 7.6% Slept rough or in an abandoned building
65,900 0.0% Other

All reasons for most recent experience of homelessness

622,400 38.5% Family/friend/relationship problems
294,400 18.2% Other
198,300 12.3% Tight housing market/rental market
189,900 11.8% Financial problems
80,500 5.0% Violence/abuse/neglect
67,700 4.2% Damage to house/Natural disaster
59,800 3.7% Mental illness/Health issues
57,600 3.6% Lost job
45,200 2.8% Alcohol or drug use

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