According to Homelessness Australia, on any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. However shocking this statistic, many believe that this rate is an underestimate given the changes in social support and health services, housing affordability, youth unemployment and family violence.
A new national study released in April 2016 by Swinburne University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Western Australia found that youth homelessness, alone, is costing the health and justice systems more than $600 million a year. More importantly, the study also found that the cost to the community outweighed what was spent each year on support services.
The biennial Homelessness Summit will bring together leaders in government, health, social enterprise, housing, community and welfare to develop responses aimed at achieving enduring solutions to homelessness.
The ‘Call for Papers’ for the 2017 Summit will be launched in the coming weeks.