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How the United Nations are invading the Commonwealth of Australia via Local Councils?
There are two commonwealths, a Corporate Commonwealth and a non-Corporate Commonwealth. There are two Constitutions a Corporate Commonwealth Constitution published as a result of the Australia Act 1986 and there is a non-Corporate Commonwealth of Australia Constitution 1900 UK. We need to know the difference but in this liminal space where confusion and corruption reigns it's time for the people to take control to ensure they have homes, clean water, safe food and safe places for the children.
With epic levels of migrant intakes scheduled homelessness is about to explode beyond the epidemic that we are currently facing for a first world country. The following statistics were sourced from Mission Australia's website. We are, however, much more than statistics. We are victims of deliberately empoverished services and a system where corruption flourishes and the heartless profit.
FIVE SHOCKING STATISTICS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA
1. There are over 122,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night
2. Only 6 percent of people who are homeless sleep on the streets
3. Domestic and family violence is one of the main reasons why people experience homelessness
4. In Australia, one in seven people experiencing homelessness are over 55 years
5. Over 17,600 children younger than 12 years are homeless
THE STATE OF HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA
In Australia, homelessness can affect people of all ages, men, women, and children from different circumstances. Most of us do not see the full impact it can have in our communities. To uncover the reality of homelessness here are key statistics and facts about homelessness in Australia.
WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines homelessness as affecting a person who does not have suitable accommodation alternatives, and their current living arrangement:
is in a dwelling that is inadequate; or
has no tenure, or if their initial tenure is short and not extendable; or
does not allow them to have control of, and access to space for social relations
A home is not just somewhere with roof walls and a roof. It is a place where people can feel safe and secure. Access to safe and secure housing is a basic human right but unfortunately many people in Australia live in temporary dwellings such as refuges, crisis accommodations or motels.
This definition of homelessness emphasises a lack of core elements of a ‘home’ including a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety, and the ability to control living space.
WHAT IS HIDDEN HOMELESSNESS?
Realistically in Australia, most people experiencing homelessness are hidden from sight. They could be sleeping in a car, couch surfing or enduring the night on public buses. They may have shelter but no permanent place to make a home. These are the “hidden homeless”.
Did you know ‘rough sleepers’ only make up approximately 9% of Australia’s homeless population? (ABS, 2021)
WHAT CAUSES HOMELESSNESS?
Life can be unexpected and is full of circumstances outside of our control. People who do not have strong support systems or are in financial, emotional or physical strain can be more vulnerable to losing their homes.
Common causes of homelessness are;
Domestic and family violence
Sudden life changes that trigger homelessness
Lack of affordable and social housing
Mental health challenges
WHAT IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTRALIA?
In Australia, domestic and family violence (DFV) is one of the main drivers of homelessness in Australia.
Sadly, many children, women and men have experienced or have witnessed abusive and violent behaviour towards a partner, former partner or family member. DFV extends beyond physical violence, and can involve actions intended to control, humiliate or scare the other person or people in the household.
When victim/survivors decide to leave a violent household, it often means leaving their home and belongings behind. After years of control and abuse their capacity to find new housing is limited. Take action against DFV by learning about the common facts.
DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE STATISTICS IN AUSTRALIA
One in six women, compared to 1 in 16 men, have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner
39% (or 108,000) of people seeking help from specialist homelessness services in 2021-22 had reported experienced domestic and family violence.
On average, one woman is killed every nine days by a current or former partner. One man is also killed every 29 days.
Indigenous people were 32 times more likely to be hospitalised for family violence as non-Indigenous people
Approximately 2.5 million Australian adults (13%) experienced abuse during their childhood; the majority knew the perpetrator and experienced multiple incidents of abuse
WHAT CAUSES HOMELESSNESS IN OLDER PEOPLE?
Homelessness among older people is a growing problem in Australia. With an ageing population and the increased cost of home ownership this problem is expected to get worse. Factors such as domestic violence, relationship breakdown, financial difficulty and limited superannuation can make people more vulnerable to homelessness.
Certain groups may be at a higher risk of homelessness, such as veterans, Indigenous people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
FACTS ABOUT OLDER PEOPLE
One in seven people who were homeless on census night in 2021 were aged 55 and over.
On any given night, around 19,300 people aged 55 and above are homeless.
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people make up eight percent of older people experiencing homelessness
WHY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE HOMELESS?
For young people, homelessness is not a choice but can feel like the only option. Unstable home environments can force young people to leave their family home without a safe place to go.
Neglect, family breakdown, substance abuse, poor living conditions, unemployment, death of a guardian or loved one, or lack of support when leaving State care can hinder their ability to maintain housing and thrive in their adult lives.
YOUTH HOMELESSNESS FACTS
19% of people seeking help from specialist homelessness services last year were 15-24 years, with almost twice as many females (66%) compared to males (34%)
One in six young people surveyed in Mission Australia's 2019 Youth Survey have experienced homelessness
Top reasons young people sought assistance from homelessness services were:
19% housing crisis
16% family and domestic violence
12% relationship/family breakdown
HOMELESSNESS & POVERTY HAS LONG TERM EFFECTS ON A PERSON'S HEALTH AND WELLBEING AND IMPACTS THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, EDUCATION AND CONNECTION WITH COMMUNITY.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
- John 16:33
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