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Champions o Homelessness

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.

Of those seeking assistance, 45 per cent were homeless and 55 per cent were at risk of homelessness when they sought assistance. In 2013-14, specialist homelessness services intervened to prevent about 70,000 (16,500 more than two years ago) from losing their housing.

While the numbers of people presenting because of domestic and family violence increased, the numbers of clients citing a range of financial and housing affordability reasons for seeking assistance also continued to rise.

Read more in our media release and HA sector briefing - AIHW Annual Report 2013-14.