EHN Homelessness Week

What is Homelessness Week?

In Australia, there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of homelessness via national and local events and campaigns. This includes providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.

How do I get involved?

Homelessness Week provides an opportunity to bring the issue of homelessness onto the agendas of local, state and national governments. In the lead-up to and during Homelessness Week, individuals and organisations are encouraged to get involved by supporting campaigns, attending events and sharing messages to end homelessness.

Visit Homelessness Australia for Homelessness week activities, supporter packs and other useful resources

Visit the Everybody’s Home Campaign Everybody’s Home partners and supporters are asking local MPs across the country to sign a pledge and support investment in more social housing.


 Join in on our Eastern Homelessness Network Activities:

  • Use one of the images below to post to your favourite socials. You can even choose and add one of the homelessness facts below.
  • Use one of the background images as your Teams or Zoom Background 
  • Put up  one of our A3 or A4 poster at your work place
  • Use our email signature during HW 
  • Let us know if you or your organisation have any activities during HW you'd like to share - you can email

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Clicking on the image will download a zip file of A4 posters OR you can  download separately the larger  A3 posters 


Virtual Meeting Backgrounds
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Homelessness Facts - Local and National

  • Every night almost 116,000 Australians are homeless in Australia. Homelessness affects every part of our country.
  • The best way to help end homelessness is to provide more low income housing for people who need a home. But Australia has a shortfall of 433,400 social housing properties.
  • Homelessness is not "rooflessness". Only seven percent of people without a home are sleeping rough. The majority of homelessness is hidden - people in crisis accommodation, rooming houses, insecure housing, overcrowded dwellings or couchsurfing.
  • The main causes of homelessness are poverty, unaffordable rents, and family violence.
    • With the cost of living increasing, we are seeing more people in financial stress requesting assistance to pay their bills and feed their families.
    • Rents in Australia have increased by 9.1 per cent in capital cities and 10.8 per cent in regional areas in the past 12 months.
    • 56% of all clients seeking assistance by Specialist Homelessness Service in the eastern region were women and children experiencing family violence.
  • In 2020-21, over 16,000 people in our region sought assistance from Specialist Homelessness Services. They provided 422,000 nights of accommodation to people experiencing homelessness.
  • One in seven people coming to homelessness services in Australia are young people on their own. Last year young people made up 8% of all people that sought help from one of our Homelessness services in the east.
  • People on low incomes are being pushed out of the private rental market because there simply aren’t enough homes available for rent on a low income. Its affordability and availability that is the issue.
  • With more and more people struggling to afford the private rental market, the demand for affordable or social rental properties is outstripping supply. Combine this with a chronic shortage of public and community housing we are seeing record levels of homelessness.
  • The eastern region there are over 3330 people waiting for social housing.