Close to 100 requests for help with accommodation are going unmet in Melbourne, an ABC investigation has found.
Data from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed on average 261 requests for assistance go unmet nationally each day in Australia – mostly due to lack of accommodation.
Shockingly, Victoria accounds for 98.7 on average every day – which is about one in four people seeking help.
Launch Housing chief executive Tony Keenan said there were only around 160 beds in Melbourne – which he says isn’t enough to cover the number of people sleeping rough in the Melbourne CBD.
The investigation has also found only six per cent of housing in Melbourne is affordable for low income earners.
While homelessness data from the 2017 census has not been release yet, previous figures show 105,000 people Australia-wide are experiencing homelessness, including 23,000 Victorians.
In 2016, a total of 247 people were counted sleeping rough in a City of Melbourne study. Experts expect this will increase significantly when new data is made public.