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Those who are not in stable accommodation after leaving health or social care arrangements find themselves particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Clients are identified as leaving care if, in their first support period during 2015–16 (either the week before or at the beginning of the support period):
In 2015–16, almost 7,000 clients or 2% of specialist homelessness service clients were identified as leaving care.
The proportion of clients leaving care in the SHS population and subsequently seeking assistance from specialist homelessness services has remained relatively stable over the 5 years of the SHS collection to 2015–16. Key trends identified in this client population over these 5 years are:
Source: Specialist Homelessness Services Collection 2011–12 to 2015–16.
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clients leaving care (76%) needed accommodation services, much higher than the general SHS population (56%).
of all clients leaving care arrangements needed short-term or emergency accommodation, compared with 38% of the general population.
of clients leaving care requested medium-term/transitional housing, higher than the general SHS population (27%) and these clients were more likely to be provided with accommodation (38% of those who requested it compared with 34%, respectively).
requested long-term housing, but this was only able to be provided to 6% of the clients who needed it.
Other services most commonly needed by these clients were material aid/brokerage (39%), transport (39%) and living skills/personal development (37%). These services were needed by higher proportions of clients leaving care than clients in the general SHS population (35%, 22%, and 20%, respectively).
For those clients leaving care whose support had ended:
Source: Specialist Homelessness Services 2015–16, National Supplementary Table LCARE.4.
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