Homeless Services

In 2010-11, an estimated 230,500 people (equivalent to 1 in 97 Australians) used specialist homelessness services. Young people, families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continued to be significant users of services. The most common reasons why people sought support were interpersonal relationship issues (such as domestic or family violence), according to the new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report \’Government-funded specialist homeless services.\’

See the report, or the WA report, or the Tasmanian report.

POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Mission Australia Christmas Lunch

Mission Australia is organising its 36th free Christmas lunch in the park on 25 December from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The lunch is designed for the homeless and those doing it tough. To make a donation and for more info: http://www.missionpromotion.com/clip/

POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Homeless CHOGM Plan

The State Govt has allocated $112,000 to provide services to homeless people in Perth during the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said there were no plans to remove homeless people from Perth’s CBD but people may be asked to move on from restricted areas and homeless people will be directed to support services. For more: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=143854

POSTED 21 Sep 2011

Homeless Grows

The rate of use of government-funded specialist homelessness services has increased in recent years, according to the latest annual report on homelessness released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). In 2009-10, 219,900 people (or 1 in every 100 Australians) used government-funded specialist homelessness services. Of these, 135,700 (62%) were clients and 84,100 (38%) were children accompanying clients. Report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419170

Media release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=10737419192

POSTED 27 Jun 2011

Homeless Families

Wesley Mission has released a major report into family homelessness that shows a growing number of families are struggling in Australia. It is estimated that homeless families currently account for between a quarter and a third of the homeless population in Australia. For story from the Australian Prayer Network: http://ausprayernet.org.au/newsletter/DisplayNewsletter.php?e_id=00000002178#st1

POSTED 3 Jun 2011

Disadvantaged Children

A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ‘Child Protection Australia 2009-10 indicated that over 187,000 children were the subject of a child protection notification-a decrease of 10% from a year previous. Almost 36,000 were living in out-of-home care and there were almost 8050 foster carer households. Indigenous children on care and protection orders were nine times the rate of non-indigenous children. The number of children in substantiations of maltreatment was 7.1 per 1000 children. In the Nederlands it was 3.8/1000, in Canada 21.7/1000.

Another report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders from a study taken from 2003-06, (the first such study undertaken in Australia) shows that a higher proportion of those under these orders did not meet national benchmarks for reading and numeracy and indigenous children within this group are particularly disadvantaged.

For child protection report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/cws/39/12223.pdf

For ‘Educational outcomes of children on guardianship or custody orders: a pilot study, stage 2’ published Jan 27, 2011: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11775

For press release: http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2011/mr20110127.cfm

POSTED 31 Jan 2011
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Crisis Accomodation

A report released April 23 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Crisis Accommodation Program 2008-09 indicates that 54,539 households in NSW, Vic, QLD and WA received emergency accommodation. Of these 18,613 were newly assisted, of which 17% were aboriginal households. In WA 1,359 were assisted for the first timbering the total assisted to 1,761 WA households. The total number of indigenous households receiving assistance was 662 in 2008-09.

On April 30, 2010 the AIHW released “Government-funded specialist homelessness services SAAP National Data Collection annual report 2008-09. This report says that young women aged 15-19 were the group most likely to use specialist homeless services. 1 in every 50 women in this age bracket received homeless services. The report says 204,900 people received homeless services in 2008-09 in Australia. $405m was spent on homeless services in the year.

For April 30 report: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/hou/219/11235-c01.pdf

For more of Crisis Accommodation Report (April 23): http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/11527

POSTED 4 May 2010