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Why do people really become homeless?

12 Nov 2018
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Rough sleepers are the most visible of the homeless population, but it is actually much larger than just those sleeping on the streets.

Being ‘homeless’ includes anyone whose housing conditions don’t qualify as a decent ‘home’ – like squatting in abandoned buildings, having to stay with relatives or friends temporarily when there is no alternative, or staying in a caravan park, boarding house, hotel or crisis accommodation.

If we’re going to really address the huge challenge of homelessness and design policies that really work, we need to better understand why people become homeless in the first place.

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