Rough sleepers

Sleeping rough


The experience of people without Australian permanent residency accessing emergency accommodation in inner city Sydney

This research report focuses on the experiences of people in a temporary emergency accommodation program which is accommodating people without permanent residency in hotels in inner-city Sydney, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Outreach ramps up to protect homeless

More than 100 people have been helped into safe accommodation in less than a week as part of the NSW Government's push to protect the homeless from COVID-19. Initiative: Outreach ramps up to protect homeless
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Fast-tracked Housing First project to ease Bunbury homelessness

A major project to address homelessness in Bunbury has been brought forward to provide rough sleepers with stable housing and support. Initiative: Fast-Tracked Housing First project
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Breaking the cycle of homelessness

More than 1,200 people who were sleeping rough in NSW have been helped into temporary accommodation through the rapid expansion of assertive outreach to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Initiative: Temporary Accommodation for rough sleepers Initiative: Increased outreach capacity Initiative: Effort to find permanent housing...
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Housing and homelessness support package

Today, we announced nearly $4.3 million for additional housing and homelessness support to complement the measures previously announced and provide more help for those doing it tough. Initiative: Expand the current Safe Night Space pilot, which has provided a safe overnight refuge for people sleeping...
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COVID-19 support for Canberrans facing homelessness or domestic and family violence

Today the ACT Government announced the details of $3 million in funding to provide support for people facing homelessness or domestic and family violence arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Initiative: Support for people facing homelessness or domestic and family violence Initiative: Funding for service providers...
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Safe places for the homeless to recover and isolate

The Victorian Government will use repurposed aged-care sites to provide self-isolation facilities for Victorians experiencing homelessness - helping them recover from coronavirus, or avoid infection in the first place. Initiative: Safe Places For The Homeless To Recover And Isolate Initiative: Not including Commonwealth Government financial...
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Hotel rooms pilot to protect rough sleepers from COVID-19

The McGowan Government is moving to protect some of the most vulnerable members of the Western Australian community from the impacts of COVID-19. Initiative: Hotel rooms pilot to protect rough sleepers
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$24.7 million coronavirus housing and homelessness response

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said that the state government was investing $24.7 million in an 8-point housing and homelessness plan to ensure that vulnerable Queenslanders get the services they need during this public health emergency. Initiative: Safe accom for those needing...
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Update on coronavirus measures 2

The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 24 March 2020 as the National Cabinet. Initiative: Support for homeless not prohibited
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Update on coronavirus measures

The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met today for the National Cabinet and agreed to further actions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Initiative: Supplement the viability of residential aged care facilities (including National Torres Strait...
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More homelessness and public housing support in COVID-19 fight

Almost $6 million will be provided to Victorian homelessness organisations to help protect Victorians at risk of or experiencing homelessness because of the COVID-19 virus and manage any outbreaks. Initiative: Temporary Accommodation for rough sleepers

The health and social costs of women sleeping rough in Australia's cities

There is very limited rough sleeping literature and what does exist has focused predominantly on men. This is one of the largest samples of women sleeping rough in Australian cities. From this sample, we are seeing that women who are sleeping rough have poorer health...

Homelessness in Victoria: Clients of specialist homelessness services, 2016–17

This guide aims to unpack the stereotypical image of the rough sleeper as representatitve of the homeless population, and to contextualise experiences of homelessness within recent data.

The state of homelessness in Australia's cities

This study showed that the majority of homeless people in Australia’s cities had low educational attainment, elevated rates of serious medical conditions, and high levels of interaction with the justice system.

Victoria’s homelessness and rough sleeping action plan

This action plan outlines the Victorian government’s long-term strategy to reduce and prevent homelessness.

Priced out? The affordability crisis in London

London’s distinct housing market has been exhibiting the strains of a crisis for some time. The scale of the demand for property, the tenure and household mix, the affordability gap for both renting and buying, and the scale of serious housing need all set London...

Taxing empty homes: a step towards affordable housing, but much more can be done

Vacant housing rates are rising in our major cities. Across Australia on census night, 11.2% of housing was recorded as unoccupied – a total of 1,089,165 dwellings. With housing affordability stress also intensifying, the moment for a push on empty property taxes looks to have...

“Housing first” takes second place

AUSTRALIA’s shocking homelessness statistics – one in every 200 people homeless at any one time, and a staggering one in eight without a home at some point in their lives – are a reminder that the homeless are not just the people we see on...