Homelessness

28 November 2023

Homelessness

WeThe Salvation Army is the largest provider of homelessness services across the Territory and assist people in crisis and those who need transitional housing and permanent accommodation.

A major cause of homelessness
Family violence is a significant issue in Australia with estimates of the number of families experiencing family violence at between one in three and one in ten.

It is well recognised that women escaping family violence represent the majority of those seeking assistance from homelessness services.

The Salvation Army operates 10 family violence services and in the past 12 months has supported more than 3,000 women through specialist family violence services across the country.

“People often forget how many people are made homeless as a result of family violence. Australia encourages women and children to leave violent situations and in these serious cases it can mean women and children becoming homeless.” – Netty Horton, Social Program Director for The Salvation Army

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How we help the homeless
During 2012 The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory provided:

  • over 4,600 beds for homeless people each week
  • over 1,000 crisis and 6,000 non-crisis accommodation every night of the year

In our 2013 survey of our clients across the country we found that:

  • 4% of people were homeless
  • 5% were living in friend or relative’s homes
  • 7% of single parents in receipt of new start were homeless

Read more from our National Economic and Social Impact Survey 2013.

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