Homelessness Heat Map

The Council to Homeless Persons has released an interactive Homelessness Heat Map which gives a true picture of homelessness across the state.

The interactive map below is based on ABS data and analysed by State electorate. It was developed to coincide with the launch of CHP’s Victorian Homelessness Election Platform, a ‘blueprint’ for ending homelessness in Victoria.

Click on the map below to see a break-down of how many people are experiencing homelessness of different forms in every electorate in Victoria.

Key insights from the Homelessness Heat Map include:

• Ten out of the top 20 worst metro electorates for homelessness are in the South/South-East metro electorates: Dandenong, Frankston, Narre Warren South, Keysborough, Mulgrave, Clarinda, Oakleigh, Caulfield, Prahran, and Albert Park.

• Dandenong is the second worst electorate for homelessness after the seat of Melbourne.

• The Frankston electorate has the third worst rough sleeping rate in all of Victoria (Melbourne and Albert Park rank first and second for rough sleeping)

• The top 5 electorates with highest numbers of people living in rooming houses are: Melbourne, Albert Park, Richmond, Dandenong, Prahran

• The electorates of Shepparton, Geelong and Ballarat (Wendouree) have numbers of homelessness that exceed the median numbers in metro areas.

The data makes it clear that homelessness is not just a city problem. Skyrocketing rents and a lack of social housing is driving homelessness in every electorate in Victoria. But there are solutions to overcome the crisis.

With the right measures in place, we know we can prevent most homelessness, quickly rehouse people who do lose their homes, and keep people housed long-term.

We’ve developed a blueprint for solving homelessness and now we’re looking for the political leadership to implement it.