With more than 4,500 people sleeping rough on the streets of Melbourne, Victoria is now Australia’s most crowded city, with the most people sleeping on the road.
But the number of homeless people in Melbourne has dropped from 4,865 in 2014 to 4,721 in 2016.
In Victoria, the number was 789 in 2016, down from a high of 1,717 in 2014.
“The numbers of people sleeping in car parks, in parks, at the train station, in laneways, at bus stops, in public spaces, in churches, in theatres, in shopping centres and public transport stations are all on the rise,” Victoria Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.
“That means the risk of getting into the car parks or walking to the station is greater.
People are sleeping in the car and getting into a vehicle and then trying to drive away.”
Mr Fuller said Victoria Police is working with the Victorian Department of Planning and Infrastructure to reduce the risk posed by these “dangerous” areas, which are often used by gangs and people who have no home.
Victoria Police will continue to work with the Department of Public Works and Local Government to identify and reduce “disturbing” homeless encampments, he said.
The state’s capital is home to about one million people, of which almost a quarter are in Melbourne.
Melbourne has been named as the country’s “world’s most homeless city”, with the number climbing from 1,907 in 2014, to 1,814 in 2016 according to the latest census data.
The capital’s homelessness rate is nearly double that of the country as a whole.
Homelessness is not only a problem in Victoria, but across the nation, with homelessness in Australia growing at a faster rate than the rest of the world.
In the last year, Victoria has seen an increase in the number sleeping rough, with 1,078 people sleeping out in the bush in the capital, the highest number of any state.
In Melbourne, there were 6,068 people living in emergency accommodation, while the number in temporary accommodation, the most common form of accommodation, was 7,852.
The number of people living on the street has increased in recent years, with Victoria seeing a significant increase in homelessness in 2016 and 2017.
Homeless people have been increasingly turning to social media for support, particularly social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, in an attempt to find somewhere to sleep.
But social media is only one of the tools that homeless people use to find their way to safety.
It can be a difficult and difficult task for homeless people to find safe and affordable accommodation, and it can be even more challenging for the state and city to get the homeless out of the way.
If you or someone you know is struggling with homelessness, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Lifeline at 0800 543 354.
Topics:hospitals-and-medical-centres,mental-health,relief-and‑assistance,hospice,emergency-incidents,melbourne-3000,vic,australiaFirst posted April 04, 2021 16:17:00Contact Melanie Brown