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The Devastating Reality of Homelessness in Australia

Uncover the harsh realities of homelessness in Australia, examining its different forms and the unique struggles associated with each.

Understanding the Different Forms and Experiences

Homelessness is a growing problem in Australia that affects people from all walks of life. The increasing cost of rent and the decline of public housing options have made it harder for many Australians to secure safe and affordable housing. In this article, we will explore the different forms of homelessness and the unique experiences that come with them.

Rough Sleeping: The Tip of the Iceberg

The Growing Numbers

Rough sleeping, or sleeping outdoors, is the most visible form of homelessness in Australia. However, it is only a small part of the problem, with just 7% of homeless people sleeping rough. Young people and women over 55 are among the fastest-growing groups of rough sleepers.

Hostile Architecture

Cities have installed “hostile architecture” in public spaces, such as arm-rails separating benches and studs on surfaces, to prevent people from sleeping rough. Instead of investing in prevention, local and state governments are investing in these methods. Rough sleepers are also constantly moved on, making it difficult for them to find a safe place to sleep and perform everyday activities.

Boarding Houses: Poorly Maintained and Expensive

The Living Conditions

Boarding houses are another form of homelessness in Australia. Most of these houses are rundown, poorly maintained, and expensive for those on low incomes or welfare.

The Impact on Residents

People who stay in boarding houses may have to leave at a moment’s notice, and they may have to deal with complex challenges that can impact them negatively.

Overcrowding: Stressful and Trivial

The Living Situation

The majority of homeless people in Australia live in severely overcrowded dwellings. For example, extended families may live together, meaning parents share bedrooms with younger children while older ones sleep in other rooms. The standard of acceptable accommodation is a maximum of two adults or three children in a bedroom.

The Effects on Families

Overcrowding can lead to stress, lower productivity at work, and lower educational achievement.

Short-Term Accommodation: Unsustainable and Expensive

Types of Short-Term Accommodation

People who lose their homes may end up in short-term accommodation such as motels, hotels, caravan parks, or short-term rentals.

The Financial Burden

However, these options are much more expensive than normal rent and are not sustainable for more than a few weeks, even for those who are fully employed.

Crisis Accommodation: Temporary Solution

The Lack of Availability

Crisis accommodation is temporary and is meant to be an emergency measure for people to find new accommodation. However, there are not enough crisis accommodation options available in Australia, and they are already at capacity.

The Struggle for Support Workers

Support workers are finding it increasingly challenging to find long-term accommodation for those in crisis.

The Devastating Reality of Being Homeless

The Emotional Toll

There is no typical experience of being homeless, and each situation is as unique as the individuals involved. Depression and sleep deprivation are common issues experienced by those without a roof over their heads. Parents may fear losing their children, and frustration and attempts to find help are also common.

The Role of Fitzgerald Housing

At Fitzgerald Housing, we understand the devastating reality of homelessness in Australia. We are committed to doing something about it by investigating a range of innovative and creative methods of bringing affordable housing back within reach of Australians. Our aim is to prevent people from falling into homelessness and to provide them with the support they need to get back on their feet.

Learn about the various forms of homelessness in Australia and how you can help. Dive into our in-depth blog post and take action today.

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