Veterans experiencing homelessness
Many people experiencing homelessness have previously been members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Data from the Inner City Sydney registry week found that 8 per cent of those that participated identified as veterans of the ADF. Of this group, veterans identified 371 interactions with a crisis service in the past 6 months and had an average length of homelessness of 7.31 years. None of this group was in receipt of a veteran’s pension. Homelessness NSW has been made aware by our members of the issue of veteran’s homelessness existing in remote areas, especially bush areas surrounding Sydney, such as the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains, Royal National Park and Kuringai National Park.