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Order of Malta Australia


Number of homeless people on the rise – article in Sydney Morning Herald


As the Order is in the process of starting the 2013 Coast for the Homeless distribution, the following article from the Sydney Morning Herald reports findings from a report by the federal Auditor-General that highlights homelessness in Australia is an ongoing and growing issue.


Number of homeless people on the rise

More than 100,000 people are homeless in Australia, with nearly 7000 sleeping rough on streets and in parks and public spaces, new research shows.

A report by the federal Auditor-General found despite governments committing $1.1 billion since 2008 to tackling homelessness, the number of homeless people increased from almost 90,000 in 2006 to more than 105,000 people by 2011.

It was unlikely state and territory governments would achieve the expected 7 per cent reduction in homelessness by July this year, a target set in 2008, the report said.

The causes of homelessness included domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown, and drug and alcohol abuse, the report titled Implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness said. It recommended strengthening the design of future funding arrangements by the state and territory governments.

Article by Melissa Davey, Sydney Morning Herald

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The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.