Summary

Safe, secure housing is fundamental to people’s health and wellbeing. Both people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness are supported by specialist homelessness services (SHS). In 2019–20, SHS agencies provided support to almost 290,500 clients who each had a variety of different needs and reasons for seeking support.

Some of the key findings from the 2019–20 Specialist Homelessness Services Annual Report include:

This simple bar chart shows the proportion of male and female clients receiving assistance from SHS agencies. A total of 115,800 males and 174,700 females received assistance from specialist homelessness agencies in 2019–20.

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This simple bar chart shows the age breakdown of clients who experienced family and domestic violence. In 2019–20 1 in 3 clients who experienced family and domestic violence were under the age of 18.

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This simple line chart shows that the rate of clients with a current mental health issue increased from 30.3 to 34.8 per 10,000 population between 2015–16 and 2019–20.

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In 2019–20, 29% of young people presenting alone were ‘couch surfing’ at presentation, compared with 17% of the overall SHS population.

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This vertical bar chart shows the median number of days of support for clients with a problematic drug and alcohol problem and all SHS clients. Clients with problematic drug and/or alcohol use received a median of 90 days of support.

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This stacked bar chart shows that among older clients, 69% of males and 53% of females were living alone at presentation.

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