New data reveals growing demand for homelessness services in New South Wales

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has confirmed the unprecedented demand faced by Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) with SHSs seeing almost 70,000 clients in 2015/16. The AIHW has today released the Specialist homelessness services 2015/2016 report which describes the characteristics of clients of specialist homelessness services, the services requested, outcomes achieved, and unmet requests for services during 2015–16.

Homelessness NSW believes the AIHW data highlights the impact of the housing affordability crisis in New South Wales on the most vulnerable. Homelessness will continue to rise in New South Wales and nationally unless governments urgently invest in the social housing system and appropriately resource Specialist Homelessness Services to meet the current demand.