DATA: Hundreds of people left homeless in Capricornia
NEW data released today has revealed there are 600 homeless persons living in the Division of Capricornia.
The data was compiled by national homelessness peak Homelessness Australia and national housing and homelessness campaign Everybody’s Home, to coincide with Homelessness Week 2020.
The data also revealed 3100 people living in Capricornia were also in need of social housing.
Chair of Homelessness Australia Jenny Smith said homelessness was a problem in all Australian communities.
“People often think homelessness is an issue mainly in cities and CBDs, but the heatmaps show that to be a myth,” Ms Smith said.
“The lack of housing people can afford is not only the biggest cause of homelessness, but it also prevents people escaping from homelessness.”
As part of Homelessness Week, Homelessness Australia and Everybody’s Home are calling on all federal MPs to sign a social housing pledge committing to investment in social housing to help end homelessness and deliver urgently needed jobs.
“The growth in unemployment as a consequence of COVID-19 and cuts to social security payments will drive further increases in homelessness,” Ms Smith said.
“By investing in social housing, the government will not only give more people a home but will also keep more people in a job.”
Everybody’s Home spokesperson Kate Colvin said more than 300 member organisations would be meeting with their local MPs to discuss the numbers in their electorates and how they can support the call for urgent investment in social housing.