Home­less­ness on the rise

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

How­ever, what we may be­lieve is home­less­ness is not the only form, so who is re­garded as home­less?

Un­der the ABS def­i­ni­tion, a per­son can be con­sid­ered home­less if their cur­rent liv­ing ar­range­ment:

• is in a dwelling that is in­ad­e­quate

• has no ten­ure, or if their ini­tial ten­ure is short and not ex­tend­able, or

• does not al­low them to have con­trol of, and ac­cess to space for so­cial re­la­tions.

Sleep­ing in a tent, ‘couch surf­ing’ or shel­ter ac­com­mo­da­tion are all also clas­si­fied forms of home­less­ness.

Many of those that seek help are strug­gling due to fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, hous­ing cri­sis, fam­ily vi­o­lence or liv­ing in in­ap­pro­pri­ate dwellings.

From the HRHN re­port, in the Hume re­gion Vic­to­ria 20% of all home­less­ness is due to fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, 11.2% due to fam­ily vi­o­lence and 6.4% due to re­la­tion­ship break­downs.

Rough sleep­ing, mean­ing that on the streets, makes up only 7% of home­less­ness.

How­ever fol­low­ing sta­tis­tics through­out Aus­tralia, a vast ma­jor­ity of home­less are likely to be men with men­tal health is­sues.

Many of those suf­fer­ing in the Moira re­gion in­cluded those do­ing sea­sonal work such as fruit pick­ers who were on three monthly sea­sonal work or road­work trades­men.

Through­out the Goul­burn Ovens Mur­ray re­gion, which cov­ers the ar­eas of Shep­par­ton, Moira, Alpine, Be­nalla, Wan­garatta and Wodonga, the re­gion also fea­tures wor­ry­ing num­bers in:

• A greater pro­por­tion of peo­ple who are

sleep­ing rough.

• 11.3% were stu­dents. • A high pro­por­tion with no in­come at all. • A high rate of peo­ple ex­it­ing prison. • Lower rates of di­ag­nosed men­tal health is­sues.

Youth un­em­ploy­ment and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence have also played a part in the in­creas­ing num­ber of young peo­ple find­ing them­selves in hous­ing trou­bles.

In next weeks Chron­i­cle we will look into the as­pects of youth un­em­ploy­ment and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence that may lead to home­less­ness and speak to a Home­less­ness Sup­port Worker from Yar­ra­wonga Health to cast light on the fig­ures in the lo­cal re­gion and what as­sis­tance a lo­cal ser­vice like Yar­ra­wonga Health can pro­vide in this time of need.

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