Homelessness Facts and Stats

Nearly 25,000 Victorians are experiencing homelessness on any given night (ABS, 2016)

The number of Victorians experiencing homelessness rose 43% in the 10 years to 2016 (ABS, 2016)

82,000 Victorians are waiting for social housing, including 25,000 children (Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into social housing, 2018)

The number of people waiting for social housing is growing by 500 people each month (Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into social housing, 2018)

35% of homelessness clients indicate housing affordability is the reason for their homelessness (AIHW, 2018)

38% of homelessness clients indicate family violence is the reason for their homelessness (AIHW, 2018)

Despite the stereotype of the older homeless man, more than 60% of people who seek help from homelessness services are women (AIHW, 2018)

Victoria has the lowest proportion of social housing of any state or territory, with just 3.3% of all housing being social housing (Council to Homeless Persons, 2019)

There are only 2 rental properties in Australia which would be affordable for someone on a Newstart income (Anglicare Rental Affordability Index, 2019)


Victorian Homelessness Network (VHN), is a partnership of the nine Regional Homelessness Networks in Victoria. The VHN provides a mechanism for strategically progressing issues of common concern across all Regional Homelessness Networks, with a focus on operational issues relating to management of a statewide homelessness service system. 

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