People experiencing homelessness, and those at risk of homelessness, are among Australia’s most socially and economically disadvantaged. Homelessness is known to be an issue Australia wide, and the Singleton community is not immune. Homelessness is a term that can involve a range of experiences including sleeping rough, couch surfing, sleeping in a car, living in a caravan park, relying on crisis accommodation or refuges, and living in a severely overcrowded space.
Locally the Singleton Neighbourhood Centre during December 2021 – February 2022 provided homeless service 288 times. In addition to those already experiencing homelessness in its many forms the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2021, estimated that 1164 people aged over 15 were at risk of homelessness in the Singleton LGA. That number is expected to rise with the increase in cost of living currently being experienced.
Anyone experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness are encouraged to reach out to the following services for support: