Victorian homelessness continuing to rise

Statistics highlighted by the CHP show that a majority of Victorian electorates have seen a rise in homelessness between 2006-2011.

At the 2011 census, 71 of the 88 electorates had experienced a growth in homelessness, with an average increase of 36%. The image below shows the percentage change in homelessness in each electorate.

Percentage change

Click to view full-size, interactive map. Source

The image below shows the 10 electores with the highest number of people experiencing homelessness at the 2011 census.

Top 10 electorates

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The upward trend was also seen during this year’s StreetCount which saw a record high result of 142 people sleeping rough.

The image below shows the street count results since it began in 2008, along with other statistics about homelessness in Victoria.

Homelessness infographic

Click here to view full-size infographic. Source: CHP, StreetCount

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More affordable housing needed to get Melbourne’s homeless off the streets

Toohey says homelessness is more visible in the CBD due to the increase activity and the sense of safety this brings. Picture: Tim Carrafa Source: Herald Sun

Homelessness is more visible in the CBD due to the increase activity and the sense of safety this brings. Picture: Tim Carrafa Source: Herald Sun

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