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Household composition and housing status

"I would only like to say that this is my first time ever to become homeless – not have anyone or anywhere to go. I really hate it and can be so dangerous for women who are alone. But I have to say one thing. Geez it’s been an experience that’s for sure. Now I understand fully about being homeless, for whatever the situation it sure is bloody tough. Thank God for these crisis places to assist us from time to time. It’s great help and I’m sure most really are grateful for the help". - Respondent comment

Relationship status

Chart 5 relationship status

  • Total number of single person headed households = 1,816
  • Of these, there were 826 (46%) single parents
  • Of the single person headed households, there were a total of 1,686 children under the age of 18 years (63.9% of total children)
  • There were 632 couple headed households
  • Of these, there were 397 couple parents with children under the age of 18 years.
  • In these couple headed households, there were 954 children under the age of 18 (36% of total children).
  • There are a total of 1,236 households with children
  • There were at least 2,640 children represented in these households.
  • The average children per household were estimated to be 2.3.

Almost half of the respondents (45%) were single people (with or without children) compared to 21 per cent being couple relationships (Chart 5).

Housing status

Chart 9 Housing status

Almost half of respondents were in private rental (42%) and almost one quarter in public housing (24%). Similar to the demographics of people who approach The Salvation Army ER services in general (page 4), 14 per cent of respondents reported being homeless or in unstable accommodation (Chart 6).