National Homelessness Report
The Salvation Army released a data snapshot of our homelessness services, revealing that we are the
largest provider of homelessness services in Australia, with 155 services across the country.
The report identified the types of clients we see and reasons for their contact with us. It showed
that large numbers of people accessing our homelessness services attribute their desperate homeless situations to family and domestic violence, a lack of affordable housing and poverty. 53% of women, for example, accessed Salvation Army women’s homelessness services to escape family and domestic violence.
The report also revealed:
- 22,594 people were assisted in our homelessness services in the six months from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012;
- over 310,000 accommodation days were provided in a six month period;
- one in five (20%) of clients accessing Salvation Army homelessness services have been diagnosed with a mental health issue;
- one out of every eight clients who access a Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) in Australia accesses a Salvation Army service; and
- 25% of clients accessing Salvation Army homelessness services have been homeless for more than six months.
The report showed for the first time the extent of The Salvation Army’s work with homeless people
It emphasised our strong commitment to working with people with complex needs who often have no one else to turn to.
Read the National Homelessness report here.
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A scene from Everybody has a Story, a video produced by The Salvation Army highlighting our key
areas of work. ‘Rebecca’ says, “When I think about homelessness, I think about the dirty old guy on
the street; I think about the crazy old guy with matted hair talking to himself. I never think about