The number of people sleeping rough in Western Australia is on the increase, according to a new report by The University of Notre Dame Australia, The eRecord reports.
The report, Poverty, Homelessness and Migrants in Western Australia, was commissioned by the Perth Archdiocese and is the first of a series of planned, annual research reports that will inform the provision of the Church’s social outreach programmes in Perth.
Martin Drum, director of public policy at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), said the archdiocese and the university were natural partners in research since “we have a common mission and purpose in many of the things we do”.
“The report is the first output in what we expect to be a long-term partnership between both parties,” Dr Drum said.
“One of the major benefits of the report is that it outlines the prevalence of key social issues in the Perth community and the areas where those problems have manifested themselves.
“In particular, the report should help agencies who address poverty, homelessness, and migrant issues, by highlighting where the gaps in service delivery currently are,” Dr Drum explained.
“There is also important data on emerging groups of people in our community who are being impacted by these issues.”
In 2016, the Census of Population and Housing stated that Australia’s rate of homelessness has increased 4.6 per cent since 2011 and that more than 116,000 Australians are categorised as homeless, an estimated 9,000 of whom live in WA.