Report – Couch surfers: A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients

Report – Couch surfers: A profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients

14 December 2018

This report presents an analysis over a 4-year period of couch surfing clients who sought assistance from Specialist Homelessness Services.

This report has been published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

It explores the circumstances, experiences and housing outcomes of couch surfers who sought assistance from specialist homelessness services between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2015. Based on an analysis of service use patterns across a 4-year period, the report highlights the diversity and the complexities of the couch surfer population. 

The report finds that couch surfing can be a precursor to chronic homelessness, which makes couch surfers an important group for targeted policies, programs and services.

Download the report via the AIHW website.

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