The reality of homelessness

The plight of homeless people living on the streets is an issue many think is too complex to address and we are often left feeling helpless as to how we can make a difference. After several visits to emergency accommodation centres and speaking to staff, we uncovered these facts about homelessness:


Currently there are over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia, with almost 23,000 people in Victoria alone.


Homelessness can be caused by abusive households, addictions and mental illness.


There are many categories of homelessness – people residing with friends and relatives, people in emergency accommodation, and people living rough on the streets.


Homeless people suffer abuse, psychological illnesses, and are exposed to the physical hardship of living in the cold and rain.