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Homelessness Australia (HA) is the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. We provide systemic advocacy for the homelessness sector.

Homelessness Australia works in collaboration with homelessness assistance services, state and national homelessness peak organisations, other peak organisations, government agencies and the broader community.

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   Latest news from HA

  • Reform of the Federation draft Green Paper released
    Thursday Jun 25 2015

    The draft Green Paper for the Reform of the Federation (released today) ignores the full notion of homelessness and its drivers "It's time governments got serious about ending homelessness in Australia," CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens said. "More than 105,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, and we have strong indications from our members that each day this number is climbing, particularly due to the crisis in housing affordability, but still the Federal government appears to be distancing and disengaging themselves from homelessness."


  • New analysis shows additional $33.8M needed to address domestic violence service gap
    Monday Jun 22 2015

    New analysis shows additional $33.8M needed to address domestic violence service gap An additional $33.8 million per annum of Federal Government funding is needed to ensure women fleeing domestic violence aren't left without the crisis accommodation support that can help keep them safe; new analysis from Homelessness Australia shows. Inadequate funding means 423 people are turned away from homelessness services every night; and at least 2,800 women fleeing domestic violence are turned away each year. Experts say that number is increasing, and additional funding for specialist homelessness services is required to keep women safe from domestic violence. Yet the Federal Government's most recent funding allocation for homelessness services isn't even enough to maintain services at their current levels, according to Homelessness Australia. Services are a total of $33.8 million short of the Federal funding they need to respond to even the most basic needs of domestic violence victims in...


  • Peaks remain silenced in Federal Budget
    Wednesday May 13 2015

    THE VOICE OF HOMELESSNESS STILL SILENCED IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET 2015-16 Homelessness Australia is [concerned] that the government has not yet allocated funds for the vital ongoing work of the homelessness and housing peak bodies. The government has had 6 months to rectify the inadvertent loss of the peaks that happened at Christmas 2014. The voices of the homelessness and housing sectors have been silenced by this budget. "END OF RELEASE"


  • DSS grants submission
    Thursday Apr 2 2015

    Homelessness Australia recently made a submission to the to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Impact on Service Quality, Efficiency and Sustainability of Recent Commonwealth Community Service Tendering Processes by the Department of Social Services. Our submission made a number of recommendations.


  • CEOs' appeal to Minister to end funding uncertainty
    Monday Feb 9 2015

    In an unprecedented move, CEOs' of more than 50 homelessness agencies and social welfare bodies have united to warn the Federal Government that thousands of vulnerable people could be thrown into homelessness if national homelessness funding is allowed to expire. A jointly signed open letter to Federal Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison from the CEOs of more than 50 services including Homelessness Australia, The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society, Mission Australia and ACOSS appeals to the Federal Government to end the uncertainty surrounding the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), which expires on 30 June 2015. Read the media release. Read the open letter. Read more about the campaign. What can you do? If you have not already done so, send a letter to your federal, state and local politician/s. Outline the local effect of non-funding will have. Even if you are not a NPAH service, the defunding of a neighbouring service will affect the demand...


  • Specialist homelessness services 2013-14
    Monday Dec 15 2014

    The number of people receiving support from homelessness services rose in 2013-14 - with 254,001 people assisted over the year. However, the number of people whom services could not assist also continued to rise. Last year, on average, 423 people were unable to be assisted each day. Domestic and family violence continues to be the single largest reason people sought assistance. AIHW estimates that a third of all clients either sought or needed assistance for this reason. These numbers increased by 9 per cent, including an increase of 14 per cent in the number of children.


  • Anti-poverty week 2014
    Monday Oct 13 2014

    Homelessness: our greatest poverty Anti poverty week 12 – 18 October 2014 We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty – Mother Theresa Think of how often your contact your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours – what if you did not have this support network. For many Australians this network is non-existent, worn thin or worn out, leaving them isolated and unloved. Poverty, a pronounced deprivation of well-being or the inability to satisfy one's basic needs, is a direct path to homelessness. Australia, a country with the wealthiest adults in the world, has increasing poverty. 2.55 million people (13.9% of our population) were living below the poverty line in 2012 Poverty rose from 13 per cent to 13.9 per cent (and to 14 per cent outside capital cities), yet over the past 12 months, average adult wealth has grown 5 per cent. On any given night in Australia, more than 105,000...


  • AIHW Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness, 1 July 2011-31 December 2013
    Thursday Oct 2 2014

    People who attended the National Homelessness Conference in September may have heard the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW)’s Geoff Neideck speak about this research, which was published today. The research tracks the housing outcomes of nearly 95,000 of the almost 423,000 clients of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) during a 30-month period from the commencement of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection (SHSC). The research reaches significant conclusions about four vulnerable client groups and the support that SHSs provide them.  Read more in our sector briefing. Read our media release.


  • Mythbusting our homeless
    Wednesday Sep 10 2014

    Mythbusting our homeless - Why they’re not who you think they are National Homelessness Conference - Gold Coast, Sept 10-12 A staggering 105,000 of your fellow Australians are homeless every single day. But they’re quite likely not who you think they are. In fact, you may be mixing with them on a regular basis, without even realising. With the 8th National Homelessness Conference underway this week (Sept 10-12), peak organisation, Homelessness Australia tackles the common myths surrounding homelessness in this country. Myth 1. The homeless population is made up of middle-aged men On any given night in Australia, more than 105,000 people don’t have a safe and secure place to call home. Homelessness doesn’t discriminate – the homeless population is made up of all ages. More than a quarter of those experiencing homelessness are under 18 years old, with 17,845 under 12. Nearly half of people experiencing homelessness are women. 1 in 40 young women (18-24) in Australia receive assistance...


  • Parliamentary Friendship Group - Friends of Homelessness
    Monday Sep 8 2014

    On Thurs 4 September, the Parliamentary Friendship Group on Homelessness was launched. The group aims to improve Senator and Members' awareness and understanding of the issues facing 1 in every 200 Australians who is experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Contact Persons:Senator Scott Ludlam – ChairDr Andrew Leigh – Deputy ChairSenator Zed Seselja – Deputy Chair