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 Australi
Homelessness is a growing problem for older Australians, and will likely continue to increase over time due to an ageing population and declining rates of home ownership among older people. Over the last decade, the number of older homeless people increased by 49%, with the largest changes measured in people aged 65–74 and 55–64.
This report addresses housing for older people on two primary levels; housing stress and homelessness.