Homelessness Has Grown By 80 Per Cent In Western Sydney

Rising fast than the CBD.


8 January 2019

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Homelessness in western Sydney is on the rise, with new data showing that there has been a 67 per cent increase in homelessness between 2011 and 2016.

Across the western Sydney area, there were 5850 people who were without a home in 2016.

In the Canterbury-Bankstown area, this number increased by 86 per cent, while Fairfield had a 61 per cent increase over the same period.

This is a stark difference when compared with the CBD, which recorded a 51 per cent growth.

Key factors for the increase have been cited as the rising rental affordability issue, with western Sydney identified as a chief area of rental stress.

Rental stress is determined through a comparison of actual wages people earn, against the cost to pay rent.

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