2049.0.55.001 - Information Paper - Methodology for Estimating Homelessness from the Census of Population and Housing, 2012  
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Contents >> Methodology Used to Calculate Homeless Estimates >> Other marginal housing groups


The ABS will present, alongside the homeless estimates from the Census, estimates of the number of people in selected marginal housing. These are limited to categories that can be obtained from the Census. Other marginal housing, such as housing with major structural problems or where residents are in constant threat of violence, cannot be obtained from the Census and are therefore not included.

These marginal housing groups not only provide an indication of the numbers of people living in marginal housing close to the boundary of homelessness but can also provide a possible indication of people who may be at risk of homelessness.

Three marginal housing groups are classified from the Census:

  • persons living in other crowded dwellings that are not severely crowded;
  • persons living in other improvised dwellings - being those who were living in improvised dwellings but were not considered homeless under the rules for the group 'Persons in improvised dwellings, tents, sleepers out'; and
  • persons marginally housed in caravan parks.

Each of these groups is discussed below.

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