Homeless cite housing crisis

HALF of all homeless Australians seeking help are younger than 25 and a growing number cite the housing crisis as the reason they need help.

But family and domestic violence is one of the main triggers for people seeking shelter for homelessness, with 59% of those seeking help female.

A report released on Wednesday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) revealed more than 90,000 Australians were helped by specialist homelessness agencies between July and September last year.

The first of its kind, the report uses a new data collection to provide information about the nation's homeless people, including children.

AIHW spokesman Geoff Neideck said of the 91,627 homeless people seeking help 18% were younger than 10 and 25% were under 25.

"There was also an increase in the proportion of clients renting in social housing - from 14% at the beginning of support to 17% at the end of support," Mr Neideck said.



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