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Homelessness isn’t just sleeping rough
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 stability, a sense of security, privacy, safety or the ability to control your living space.
Homelessness can affect anyone
There are a number of reasons someone may become homeless. Some causes include:
Illness or disability
Mental health issues
Addiction or substance abuse
The impact of being homeless
When a person becomes homeless, even briefly, the impacts can be complex and long-lasting.
It can be harder for people to:
Find a job
It can also have an effect on:
Drug and alcohol use
Ability to cope with everyday stresses
Who can help?
If you’re needing support with homelessness after business hours, 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.
Don’t give up – we can help
Kids Helpline is FREE to call and available 24/7
If you’re experiencing or facing homelessness, there are many services and resources available to help.
Each state has specialised homeless helplines and services that can help with accommodation and basic needs like food and clothing.
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