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ABS statistics show a ‘train line of homelessness’ carving through Melbourne’s South East

On the eve of Homeless Persons' Week, and to coincide with the launch of our State election platform, CHP has released ABS data showing the worst State electorates for homelessness. The alarming statistics show a ‘train line of homelessness’ carving through Melbourne’s South-East towards Frankston and Dandenong. The electorate of Albert Park has the most number of people counted as homeless in all of Victoria, with 1,186 people counted as homeless.

Of the top 20 metro electorates with the highest numbers of people experiencing homelessness, half fall in the South East, most of them following the Pakenham/Cranbourne train line - Dandenong, Keysborough, Clarinda, Oakleigh, Caulfield, Prahran, Richmond, and Melbourne.

The Council to Homeless Persons says that the data should shock all political parties into making homelessness a priority at this year’s election.

“There is a train line of homelessness carving though our city, and not a single electorate is immune. We have the solutions to end homelessness for good at our fingertips, we just need the political will to make it happen,” said Jenny Smith, CEO, Council to Homeless Persons. 

CHP wants candidates to publicly back their state election platform which calls for $50 million per year for programs that have been proven internationally and locally to reduce homelessness by putting a focus on housing along with intensive support.

“Every day that we fail to act on homelessness, 23,000 people in Victoria continue to pay the price. $50 million is a modest investment to improve the lives of so many men, women and children.”

The solutions are simple and they’re at our fingertips. We need the bricks and mortar for affordable homes, teamed with the support services that people need. CHP’s election platform has three key planks that deliver on that simple idea:

 1)      A leaving care housing guarantee, to help bridge the high cost of housing for young people leaving state care who can’t call on the bank of mum and dad to help them out

2)      A rapid rehousing program that gets people who experience homelessness for the first time, back into housing quickly, and helps them pay the rent for a short period of time, so that the problems associated with homelessness didn’t keep piling up.

3)      A permanent supportive housing program for people who have been homeless long term and sleeping rough, which provides an affordable home and dedicated assistance they need to help keep it.

In the USA, the kinds of programs that we’re proposing include access to affordable housing resulted in a 20% reduction in homelessness between 2005 and 2013.

Number of people experiencing homelessness in each Victorian state electorate (Source ABS Population and Housing data)

 

Rank

 

State Electoral Divisions

 

2006 Total homeless

 

2011 Total homeless 0

 

% increase between 2006 -2011

1

Albert Park

833

1,164

40%

2

Melbourne

798

1,066

34%

3

Dandenong

471

914

94%

4

Richmond

869

812

-7%

5

Footscray

589

762

29%

6

St Albans

435

617

42%

7

Broadmeadows

414

561

36%

8

Prahran

457

550

20%

9

Clarinda

352

520

48%

10

Northcote

293

518

77%

11

Preston

338

402

19%

12

Pascoe Vale

295

374

27%

13

Frankston

266

360

35%

14

Shepparton

270

359

33%

15

Keysborough

401

359

-10%

16

Kororoit

160

354

121%

17

Oakleigh

252

346

37%

18

Mildura

312

340

9%

19

Caulfield

302

339

12%

20

Essendon

289

318

10%

21

Brunswick

222

310

40%

22

Yuroke

146

296

103%

23

Mulgrave

216

296

37%

24

Burwood

144

294

104%

25

Ivanhoe

177

294

66%

26

Narre Warren North

189

289

53%

27

Ringwood

226

284

26%

28

Malvern

177

279

58%

29

Box Hill

208

278

34%

30

Thomastown

159

266

67%

31

Williamstown

252

266

6%

32

Lara

104

263

153%

33

Cranbourne

156

257

65%

34

Wendouree

167

252

51%

35

Bundoora

167

242

45%

36

Croydon

167

242

45%

37

Narre Warren South

96

236

146%

38

Benambra

222

230

4%

39

Geelong

166

206

24%

40

Forest Hill

115

203

77%

41

Werribee

90

200

122%

42

Brighton

133

200

50%

43

Ovens Valley

171

194

13%

44

Tarneit

61

187

207%

45

Hawthorn

159

187

18%

46

Euroa

194

183

-6%

47

Gippsland South

121

182

50%

48

Melton

136

177

30%

49

Bendigo East

117

176

50%

50

Buninyong

174

170

-2%

51

Mount Waverley

119

165

39%

52

Bentleigh

192

164

-15%

53

Bendigo West

139

161

16%

54

Murray Plains

229

161

-30%

55

Bass

85

157

85%

56

South-West Coast

181

156

-14%

57

Eildon

137

148

8%

58

Gippsland East

163

148

-9%

59

Ripon

181

146

-19%

60

Kew

114

144

26%

61

Narracan

127

142

12%

62

Sandringham

86

137

59%

63

Morwell

173

137

-21%

64

Lowan

102

136

33%

65

Mill Park

153

133

-13%

66

Ferntree Gully

115

131

14%

67

Carrum

135

129

-4%

68

Hastings

66

122

85%

69

Sunbury

111

122

10%

70

Evelyn

122

119

-2%

71

Bayswater

128

119

-7%

72

South Barwon

106

116

9%

73

Warrandyte

66

109

65%

74

Sydenham

46

108

135%

75

Mornington

60

108

80%

76

Gembrook

83

107

29%

77

Macedon

97

107

10%

78

Altona

110

107

-3%

79

Bulleen

55

106

93%

80

Mordialloc

100

103

3%

81

Niddrie

83

102

23%

82

Polwarth

134

95

-29%

83

Monbulk

74

91

23%

84

Nepean

76

85

12%

85

Eltham

71

69

-3%

86

Bellarine

39

62

59%

87

Yan Yean

47

51

9%

88

Rowville

71

48

-32%

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