New data has revealed the amount of homeless Australians sleeping rough has sadly increased by 4.6 per cent over the last five years.
In fact, the latest figures from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing estimate that over 116,000 people were homeless on census night.
General Manager of Population and Social Statistics Dr Paul Jelfs points to a number of specific groups where homeless numbers are growing, including people living in “severely” crowded dwellings, people who are “sleeping rough”, both younger and older Australians, and recent migrants.
“On Census night, 8,200 people were estimated to be ‘sleeping rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out – an increase from 3.2 persons per 10,000 people in 2011 to 3.5 persons per 10,000 people in 2016,” Dr Jelfs said.
Dr Jelfs added one quarter of all people experiencing homelessness in 2016 were aged between 20 and 30 years.
The data also estimated that 23,437 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experienced homelessness in 2016.