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2001 Population Census data:
houseless people in Australia (105,304 in 1996)
adults over 24 years of age
under the age of 12 years
young people between 12 and 24 years
of houseless people were female
were single (58,116)
were couples (18,840)
were families (22,944 people or 6,745 families
census night in 2001, only 14,251 (14.25%) of people considered by the census
to be houseless were staying in services funded through the Supported Accommodation
Assistance Program (SAAP). SAAP, jointly funded by Commonwealth and State Governments,
provides funds for crisis services to houseless people around the country.
following information relates only to SAAP clients (2002-2003 data)
- Female (58%)
and Torres Strait Islanders (18%)
from non-English speaking backgrounds (14%)
age of female clients: 30
age of male clients: 33
aged 18 and 19 years had the highest rate of SAAP service usage at 145 clients
for every 10,000 in the general population.
next highest usage rates were by 15-17 year olds and 20-24 year olds, among whom
there were 114 and 113 clients, respectively for every 10,000 people.
nearly one-third (31%) of support periods were provided to males aged 25 years
and over presenting alone at SAAP agencies and 21% were provided to female clients
females aged 25 years and over accounted for 15%, while unaccompanied males and
females under 25 years accounted for around 13% of support periods each.
6% of support periods were for couples with or without children. Males with children
accounted for just 1% of all support periods.
common reasons for houselessness (SAAP survey):
and family violence (22%)
accommodation ended (11%)
accommodation unavailable (11%)
most common reasons for each client group are:
alone, aged under 25
accommodation unavailable (16.7%)
alone, aged 25 or over
difficulty (15.4 %)
accommodation unavailable (14.9%)
alone, aged under 25
violence (12.3 %)
alone, aged 25 or over
and Family Violence (43.9%)
with no children
- Financial difficulty
- Usual accommodation
and Family Violence (51.8%)
Shelter Occupancy Rates by Canadian Province March 2001
to the 2001 census, the following occupancy rates in Canadian shelters (meaning
homeless shelters, halfway houses and emergency lodgings for abused spouses and
their children) on one day in March were reported as:
New Brunswick 265
Newfoundland and Labrador 45
Northwest Territories 20
Prince Edward Island 5
data should not be interpreted as Canada's homeless population but the number
of people in shelters that day."
are fairly accurate for a "one day spot check," says Diane Morrison,
executive director of The Mission, a homeless shelter in Ottawa. The numbers reflect
only the month of May, when the census was taken.
the data had been taken during winter, when we experience our highest occupancy
rates, the results would have been quite different," she says.
If you can work out what
the situation is in the UK, please let
us know. Their stats are smoke and mirrors and completely unbelievable in
my opinion. Either they don't know (most likely), or don't want to say in plain
statistics, or I'm just not getting it.
the National Coalition for the Homeless: Poverty, Urban Institute and specifically
the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers, draw their estimates from
a study of service providers across the country at two different times of the
year in 1996.
They found that, on a given night
in October, 444,000 people (in 346,000 households) experienced homelessness -
which translates to 6.3% of the population of people living in poverty. On a given
night in February, 842,000 (in 637,000 households) experienced homelessness -
which translates to almost 10% of the population of people living in poverty.
these estimates into an annual projection, the numbers that emerge are 2.3 million
people (based on the October estimate) and 3.5 million people (based on the February
estimate).This translates to approximately 1% of the U.S. population experiencing
homelessness each year, 38% (October) to 39% (February) of them being children
(Urban Institute 2000).
It is also important to note that
this study was based on a national survey of service providers. Since not all
people experiencing homelessness utilize service providers, the actual numbers
of people experiencing homelessness are likely higher than those found in the
study, Thus, we are estimating on the high end of the study's numbers: 3.5 million
people, 39% of which are children(Urban Institute 2000).