Housing and Homelessness Statistics
|Housing satisfies the essential needs of people for shelter, security and privacy. Shelter is recognised throughout the world as a basic human right. The adequacy of housing is an important component of individual well-being. Housing also has great significance in the national economy, with its influence on investment levels, interest rates, building activity and employment. In turn, changes in these aspects of the national economy can also affect housing.
Homelessness is not just the result of too few houses. Its causes are many and varied. Domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown and drug and alcohol abuse all contribute to the level of homelessness in Australia (FaHCSIA, 2008). Homelessness is not a choice. Homelessness is one of the most potent examples of disadvantage in the community, and one of the most important markers of social exclusion (Department of Human Services, 2002).
People who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness can be disconnected from employment and education institutions, be socially excluded from support networks, and are more likely to experience poorer physical and mental health.
This Topics @ a Glance page serves as a guide to various information relating to housing and homelessness statistics.
Contact details for housing and homelessness enquires.
This page first published 5 January 2007, last updated 18 June 2013