According to data accumulated by the ABS Census of Housing and Population, and the AIHW Specialist Homeless Services, there are currently over 100,000 people in Australia who are homeless; approximately 56% are male and 44% female. The rate of homelessness (which takes into account population density) is (0.5% of the population).
Homelessness results in significant social and economic costs, not just to individuals and families, but also communities and the nation as a whole.
Ending and preventing homelessness is not as simple as getting people jobs or building houses. There are a number of investments and commitments required.
Australia's leading property portal, realestate.com.au, addresses the issue of homelessness and asks it's followers: "What are people doing to help Australia's homeless? What more can be done?"
In hopes to bring awareness on the subject, realestate.com.au will host a national Twitter chat on homelessness, Monday the 26th of May, with the assistance of experts from HomeGround, STREAT, Kids Under Cover, the Council to Homeless Persons and the Australian Council of Social Service.