Out of reach

National economic and social impact survey 2016
Emergency housing Family violence Poverty Homelessness Housing Australia

The Salvation Army’s Economic and Social Impact Survey 2016 surveyed more than 1600 clients across Australia.

It found that a massive 68% of clients living in private rental properties or paying off a mortgage experience extreme housing stress - using nearly two thirds of their disposable income on housing/accommodation. 

The report reveals:

  • Respondents affected by family violence were most affected by extreme housing stress. And family violence is the key reason why women (37%) moved in the past 12 months. 
  • 64% of respondents who moved due to family violence said their children had to change schools when their family moved. 
  • 40% of people who were surveyed had moved house – on average – almost three (2.7) times in 12 months. 
  • Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) are either HOMELESS or living in TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION. (1 in 3 previously rented privately). 
  • 37% of people responding who are homeless had experienced persistent homelessness for 2 years (1 in 10 had moved six times in the past 12 months). 
  • A massive 86% of clients and 58% of households with children report severe deprivation and go without five or more basic items. 
  • Numerous clients live off just $16.96 a day after housing/accommodation is paid for. 
  • Some clients – on Newstart – survive off just $15.29 a day after housing/accommodation is paid for. 
  • 6 out of 10 respondents cannot afford an internet connection for their child.
  • 1 in 5 cannot afford medical treatment or prescribed medicine for their children and 2 in 5 cannot afford a yearly dental checkup for their child. 
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