Report—Census of population and housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016

Report—Census of population and housing: Estimating homelessness, 2016

15 March 2018

This report estimates the prevalence of homelessness and the characteristics and living arrangements of those likely to be homeless.

This report has been published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Using census data from 2016, and comparisons with previous census years, this publication presents statistics on homelessness.

Among its key findings, the report highlights:

  • there were 116,427 people classified as being homeless on census night
  • most of the increase in the rate of homelessness from 2011 to 2016 was due to people living in severley crowded dwellings
  • the number of homeless people over 55 has steadily increased over the past 3 census years
  • nearly 60% of homeless people in 2016 were aged under 35
  • there were over 17,000 homeless people in boarding houses on census night.

Access the report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

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