A global issue

Australia

Australia

The Australian Human Rights Commission stated Human Rights are greatly impacted by sleeping on the streets:

  • the right to health
  • the right to personal safety
  • the right to privacy
  • the right to non-discrimination
  • the right to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

The facts:

  • Up to 21% of Australia’s street sleeping homeless have suffered hypothermia, frostbite or trenchfoot.
  • Tonight up to 80% of families and 60% of individuals will be turned away from emergency shelters.

UK

United Kingdom

  • 2,181 people were recorded as sleeping rough on any one night in England (an increase of 5%)
  • Street sleeping homeless are 13 times more likely to have experienced violence and 47 times more likely to be victims of theft.
  • Street sleeping homeless have an average life expectancy of 42 years compared to national average 74 for men and 79 for women
  • Street sleeping homeless are 35 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population.

USA

United States of America

  • The USA has 246,374 unsheltered people on any night with a total of 649,917 homeless people.
  • Mental health problems are up to eight times more common in the homeless population.

NZ

New Zealand

  • No official government figures for the number of homeless people exists
  • 81 people we found sleeping on the streets in a 3km radius of the Auckland sky tower.

Germany

Germany

  • No official government figures for the number of homeless people exists
  • It is estimated the number of homeless people in Germany at over 250,000 – with 20,000 people living on the street

Common Questions

Where are the Homeless?

Homeless people are in all communities, towns and cities.

Who are the Homeless?

Individuals and families living in accommodation which falls below general community standards:

  • Detrimental to physical and mental well-being
  • No access to personal amenities
  • No security, privacy and autonomy

Where do they sleep?

  • On the streets and parks
  • Under bridges, sheds, sporting grounds, bus shelters, doorways
  • In abandoned buildings
  • In cars
  • With friends or extended family
  • Emergency accommodation & youth refuges
  • Boarding houses, caravan parks or hotels

How did they become homeless?

  • Accident at work
  • Family problems – violence, sexual abuse, assault
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Periods of mental illness
  • Gambling addiction
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Unemployment / Financial problems / Eviction
  • Most people on park benches don’t want to be there

What is the cost of Homelessness?

  • People without basic goods can be driven to petty crime
  • Some will be forced into sexual exploitation
  • The above often leads to various forms of substance abuse and addiction. All of which promotes a wide array of anti-social behavior… involving substantial problems and costs for our community.