In November research showed one in five of those aged 20-24, in Melbourne, were without a job. This was much worse in certain regions, such as the outer western metro, and compounded already underlying high rates of youth unemployment and homelessness. This young cohort lost more full-time jobs than any other age group and the under 35s continue to be the largest cohort people experiencing homelessness.
The flooding stretches 600 kilometres from Sydney to the Northern Rivers as Fiona Johnson, a hydrologist from the water research centre at UNSW explained, “It’s just the sheer scale of having it from the border all the way down south of Sydney.” In areas that suffered severe bushfires just 12 months ago, the storms have continued and compounded the devastation.
If we want to end homelessness, we must also end poverty. Two major policy responses to substantially reduce poverty, and homelessness, have been put forward strongly for at least a decade. Both could also have a substantial impact as an economic stimulus as we navigate the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Firstly, immediately lift Job Seeker payments permanently and secondly, build more public and social housing. Read More
People facing homelessness leave a shelter for a hotel. (ABC News: Scott Mitchell)