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WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS? Homelessness is when a person is:
ｷ Currently living on the street
ｷ Living in crisis or refuge accommodation
ｷ Living in temporary arrangements without security of tenure-for example, moving between the residence of friends or relatives, living in squats, caravans or improvised dwellings, or living in boarding houses
ｷ Living in unsafe family circumstances-for example, families in which child abuse or domestic violence is a threat or has occurred
ｷ Living on very low incomes and facing extraordinary expenses or personal crisis.
Of 100,000 homeless people in Australia on census night in 2001:
58% were Male
36% were between the age of 12 - 24
10% were under the age of 12
8.5% were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
23% were staying in boarding houses
49% were staying with friends and relatives
14% were sleeping rough
14% were staying in services funded through the SAAP
What is the government doing about homelessness?
Funding for from federal, state and territory governments was $328.3 in 2004.
There are numerous programs that the government in Australia run and/or fund with a view to alleviating or preventing homelessness.
the governemnet provides a range of social security benefits (for example, the youth allowance and aged, disability and unemployment benefits) and health and other welfare type benefits/support which may be accessed by homeless people or by people who are in danger of being homeless.
Catholic teachings regarding the issue and activities the Church conducts to try and overcome the problems associated with the issue. The Mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is to deepen the Catholic faith of its members - to go out into our nation to heighten the awareness of Jesus Christ. We seek to co-operate in shaping a more just and compassionate Australian community, and to share our resources with our twinned countries.
The Catholic Church has formed organizations to which look at assisting fellow Australians in improving social justice issues. There are organization setup all over Australia that are run by volunteers.
The catholic church believes strongly in doing as Jesus did and providing shelter for the homeless and food for the hungry.
Through the gospels we are taught to love one another and to look after each other. The catholic church teaches us about social justice and human rights through the words of god that have been taught for generations.
We believe the Government should be offering more support and shelter towards these people and also putting more money towards this important issue.
We believe that each Australian needs to take a look at their own lives and appreciate the warmth of a home. We think that each person needs to think of ways they can contribute to making homelessness history.
If we each work together every individual will have a home and be able to feel safe and secure therefore creating a better environment for all people to live together as one.