Addressing homelessness: A deafening silence
There was a deafening silence from both major political parties in the recent election campaign about the homelessness crisis in Australia.
The situation was described as a national disgrace by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2007. However, since that pronouncement, the numbers have increased to 105,200 (ABS 2011).
The lack of affordable housing is clearly a significant problem.
However we should all be concerned that the most common pathway into adult homelessness is to be homeless as a child or young person.
17% of the homeless are under age 12.
25% are aged 12-24.
Social welfare agencies must do more to prevent these young people from drifting into a lifetime of homelessness.