Homeless levels rise
HOMELESSNESS is rising in Victoria, with women and older people increasingly at risk, new census figures reveal.
Almost 25,000 Victorians were homeless in 2016 — an 11 per cent increase since 2011.
There also has been a 23 per cent increase in homelessness for people over 55, with women disproportionately affected.
The figures should serve as a “wake-up call” to governments, according to the peak body for homelessness.
Council to Homeless Persons chief executive Jenny Smith called for massive federal investment.
“The increase in homelessness is no surprise given that as a country, we’ve failed to tackle the housing affordability crisis, and our homelessness services continue to be chronically underfunded,” she said.