The Centre for Social Impact is producing a series of fact sheets to address specific social issue areas in the context of COVID-19.
Fact Sheet One: Homelessness (updated Apr 3)
> Download Fact Sheet One: Homelessness Statement 2 (pdf) (April 3)
> Download Fact Sheet One: Homelessness (pdf) (March 27)
In our first fact sheet (updated at April 3) CSI discusses the current state of homelessness in Australia and highlights specific risk areas.
The COVID-19 crisis will disproportionately affect those that are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness with respect to an increased risk of exposure and a greater likelihood of severe cases and mortality. In our updated response, we share a focus on public health responses and public health consequences.
The economic impact of COVID-19 and responses to it also places an enormous number of Australians at risk of homelessness, paving the way for a vicious cycle if policy levers across a broad range of domains are not fully utilised. Our homelessness policy response to COVID-19 is quite simple: Prevent, House, and Support.
Authors: Professor Paul Flatau – CSI UWA, Dr Ami Seivwright – CSI UWA, Chris Hartley – CSI UNSW, Catherine Bock – CSI UWA and Zoe Callis – CSI UWA