Homelessness Prevention Week 2015

During this Homelessness Prevention Week 2015, McAuley Community Services for Women pays tribute to the many people who work with us in our efforts to end homelessness for women and children. Each day this week, we will focus on a different person, each “remarkable’ in what they have either experienced or their work and support for us.    

This tribute aims to recognise women who are currently homeless, for whatever reason, and who we are supporting, or have supported, on their journey to a new home and new beginning.

It is also our way of thanking just some of the individuals and groups supporting us and their very real contribution to preventing, and ending homelessness.

As we say, whatever the reason, homelessness should never be the safer option.

What is Homelessness Prevention Week?

Homelessness Prevention Week, held in the first week of August, is an annual event to raise awareness of homelessness and the surrounding issues.

What is homelessness?

We use the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistical definition of homelessness which states that when a person does not have suitable accommodation alternatives they are considered homeless if 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.

Homelessness in Victoria at a glance

On Census night in 2011 in Victoria:

  • 22,789 people were counted as homeless.
  • Almost half were young people under 25.
  • One in six Victorians counted homeless was a child under 12.
  • More than 26,000 children accompanied their families to homelessness support services in 2010-11, the highest number ever recorded in Australia.
  • Government-funded agencies reported that one in every two women with children seeking homelessness services was escaping a violent home situation.
  • In 2010-11, over a quarter of homelessness service users cited family violence or abuse as the reason for their homelessness.