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About homelessness

Homelessness facts, stats, and insights

What is homelessness?

Homelessness is far more than “rooflessness”. Homelessness means being without a secure stable and private space to live.

The majority of people without a home live in temporary, insecure, or unsafe housing situations such as rooming houses, cars, or government-funded crisis accommodation. Other people live in severely overcrowded accommodation, or are couch surfing with family or friends.

This is often called “hidden homelessness” because, while more common than rough sleeping, it typically goes unnoticed or is misunderstood.

Victorian election 2022

The Victorian state election is taking place on 26 November 2022. It offers a chance for Victorians to call on their decision makers to take decisive action to end homelessness in our state.

Find detailed information about homelessness in every electorate, including the number of people without a home and how this compares to other Victorian localities, with our election fact sheets.

Learn more about homelessness

Data and demographics

Get the latest statistics on homelessness in Victoria and read about how homelessness impacts different people.

Causes of homelessness

Homelessness can happen to anyone, for a range of reasons. Learn about the leading causes of homelessness in Victoria.

Solutions to homelessness

Solving homelessness should be a top priority for our governments. Discover some of the ways this can be achieved.

Victoria’s homelessness and housing system

There is a range of support available for people without a home. Learn how Victoria’s homelessness and housing system works.

Homelessness In Australia: An Introduction

What is homelessness? What causes it? Who is counted as being without a home?

Homelessness In Australia: An Introduction is the first book of its kind to explore the complex causes and consequences of homelessness in Australia. Leading researchers and advocates have produced this foundational resource to set the benchmark for the analysis of homelessness in Australia.

Useful links

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