Despite more than 27 years of economic growth in Australia, homelessness has soared 14% over five years up to 2016. The latest census data reveals 116,427 people have no permanent home.
Experts have pointed to worrying economic indicators, such as the rising cost of housing compared to stagnant wages as a cause for this trend. Mental health is also a leading contributor to homelessness, according to Sheltered By Grace homeless shelter president Jason Loakes.
He says greater funding for homeless shelters and more awareness of mental health issues are needed in Australia to fight the problem.