Perceptions of homelessness in Australia: how to make our compassion count

19 May 2018

The 2016 Census figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which showed a marked increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness, contains a sobering and timely message for our nation. For some people the increase came as a shock, but for those of us who work alongside disadvantaged people it came as no surprise.

A common but inaccurate perception of homelessness is that of people sleeping on the streets. Homelessness is a complex issue and can be the result of a number of social, economic and personal factors. At Wesley Mission, we believe that homelessness can only be truly addressed when perceptions change.

This important report contains the findings from an omnibus study conducted on behalf of Wesley Mission of what Australians' perception is of homelessness, its causes and the solutions to end homelessness, and our recommendations.

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