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 ro
This presentation looks at trends in homelessness for the Australian population aged 55 years and over, using Census data from 2006, 2011 and 2016.
According to the ABS, 14,851 people aged 55+ were experiencing homelessness on Census night 2011. People aged 55+ consist of only 7% of clients accessing specialist homelessness services in 2014– 15. This is partly due to the service system design but also indicates that is a lack of beds for older Australians within the homelessness service system.
Older, single women are increasingly vulnerable to housing stress, insecurity and homelessness.