2016 Census shows 13.7% increase in homelessness; 2-in-5 homeless under 25; spike in older people homeless; rough sleeping & severe overcrowding.
Amongst the trends, Homelessness Australia is concerned about:
27.7% increase in homelessness among people aged 55+
39% of the homeless population is under 25 years of age
Women’s homelessness rose faster than population
8,200 Australians rough sleeping (up 20% since 2011)
51,088 people were in severely overcrowded homes (up 23% since 2011)
1-in-5 people homeless are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.