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Homelessness across Australia: the Salvation Army’s response

Homelessness Social isolation Poverty Social issues Housing Families Australia

Key findings:

  • 155 Salvation Army homelessness services operate across Australia.
  • One out of every eight clients who accesses all Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) in Australia accesses a Salvation Army service.
  • Over 20% of clients accessing Salvation Army SHS services who provided information on their mental health have been diagnosed with a mental health issue.
  • 44% of clients accessing Salvation Army SHS services identified housing affordability or housing crisis as their main presenting issue.
  • 17% of Salvation Army clients identified financial difficulty as their main presenting issue.
  • Approximately 50% of women accessing Salvation Army SHS women’s services identified domestic and family violence as their main presenting issue.
  • 25% of clients accessing Salvation Army homelessness services have been homeless for more than six months.
  • Over 80% of Salvation Army SHS clients identified government support payments as their main source of income.
  • Over $31 million of Salvation Army generated revenue is directed to Salvation Army SHS services, in addition to nearly $58 million provided by governments.
  • More than 310,000 accommodation days were provided.
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