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Homelessness isn’t just sleeping on the streets
Being homeless means not having a stable or safe place to live.
Homelessness can include:
Living or sleeping in a car
Staying in a shelter, hostel or refuge
Living in an abandoned house or building
Staying in overcrowded housing
Living in temporary accommodation
Being homeless means not having a stable place to live, not feeling safe, not having privacy and not having control over your living arrangements.
Homelessness can affect anyone
There are a number of reasons someone may become homeless. Some causes include:
Illness or disability
Mental health issues
Alcohol or drug use
The impact of being homeless
When a person becomes homeless, even for a short time, the impacts can last a long time.
It can be harder for people to:
Find a job
Look after their health
Stay connected with others
It can also have an effect on:
Study and school
Ability to cope with everyday stresses
Who can help?
If you’re in danger or need a safe place to stay, these 24hr services can help:
Nearly half of all homeless people are under the age of 25.
You’re not alone, there is support available.
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