"The numbers Australia’s emergency housing program needed to shelter
showed our homelessness problem is much larger than often imagined. The
8,200 people counted as sleeping rough on census night 2016 were only
the tip of the iceberg.
Attempts to transfer people from emergency accommodation to longer-term
tenancies have also generally been far less successful than in England.
By the end of 2020, England’s local authorities had moved two-thirds of
their former rough sleepers from temporary placements to more stable
housing. As our research shows, despite determined efforts, Australian
state governments managed this for less than a third of rough sleepers
departing emergency hotel stays in 2020.
Many will have returned to the streets or to homeless shelters. Rough
sleeper numbers once again increased in Adelaide and Sydney after mid-year."
We need to do much better.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics