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Affordable rural housing crisis during ski season

2 August 2016

There are a lot of factors that contribute to the housing crisis here in Australia. During the winter months a lot of affordable rural housing becomes unavailable due to ski season when it's all booked out at higher rates. The census found that over 60 percent of people sleeping rough are outside of the major cities. It's particularly difficult to count the amount of people sleeping rough in rural areas as many are sleeping in national parks. Couch surfing in rural areas is increasing, with 40% of couch surfers being rural!

ABC news interviewed Rob recently who found himself homeless after his uninsured house burnt down seven years ago. Rob was sleeping in the cold, until Mission Australia found him temporary accommodation. "For somebody like me, being homeless it's a shame. But for somebody who is 16 and cannot find a place to stay is criminal," Rob said.

Mission Australia said "One of the most vulnerable homeless groups in Australia was youth, but the nearest refuges to many regional towns could be hours drive away"

It's difficult to imagine sleeping rough in rain & snow at this time of year, but many accommodation centres are located outside of rural towns.

 

 

ef: ABC news

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