Housing affordability a key driver of homelessness: Rough sleepers report

Financial difficulties and a lack of affordable housing are key drivers of Australia’s homelessness problem, according to an unprecedented report on rough sleepers.

Rough sleepers – those living on the streets, sleeping in parks, cars or in improvised dwellings – are the most visible part of the homeless population.

Their numbers have grown by 20 per cent since 2011, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare titled Sleeping rough: A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients.

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