New data reveals homelessness on the rise.
In 2018, the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness (WAAEH) released a 10-year strategy to end homelessness through a community-based response. The Western Australian Strategy to End Homelessness was developed by a group of organisations that came together with the goal of ending homelessness.
This Ending Homelessness in Western Australia 2022 report builds on CSI UWA’s previous work by presenting an analysis of homelessness in Western Australia. The data is drawn from the Census of Population and Housing, the WA Zero Project and government funded homelessness and housing support services called Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS).
A steady incline of people experiencing homelessness accessing SHSs in Western Australia from 2,252 clients per month in 2017 to 3,131 clients per month in 2022 – a 39 per cent increase.
The data reflects an over-representation of people experiencing homelessness in regional WA relative to Perth. While only 6.3 per cent of Western Australians live in remote or very remote WA, 36 per cent of the clients who accessed SHS services, resided in remote or very remote areas, with the outback north having the highest rate in Australia.
The data showed a significant over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Western Australian homeless population.
WA Homelessness Dashboard
Accompanying the release of this report was the launch of an online WA Homelessness Dashboard, displaying the latest statistics on the state of homelessness in WA and trends in the funding of homelessness services. It is the first community homelessness dashboard in Australia.