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A person is at risk of homelessness if they are at risk of losing their accommodation.

A person may be at risk of homelessness if they are experiencing one or more of a range of factors or triggers that can contribute to homelessness.

Risk factors include:

  • Financial stress (including due to loss of income, low income, gambling, change of family circumstances).
  • Housing affordability stress and housing crises (pending evictions/foreclosures, rental and/or mortgage arrears).
  • Inadequate or inappropriate dwelling conditions, including accommodation which is unsafe, unsuitable or overcrowded.
  • Previous accommodation ended.
  • Relationship/family breakdown.
  • Child abuse, neglect or environments where children are at risk.
  • Sexual abuse.
  • Domestic/family violence.
  • Non-family violence.
  • Mental health issues and other health problems.
  • Problematic alcohol, drug or substance use.
  • Employment difficulties and unemployment.
  • Problematic gambling.
  • Transitions from custodial and care arrangements, including out of home care, independent living arrangements for children aged under 18, health and mental health facilities/programs, juvenile/youth justice and correctional facilities.
  • Discrimination including racial discrimination (e.g. Aboriginal people in the urban rental market).
  • Disengagement with school or other education and training.
  • Involvement in or exposure to criminal activities.
  • Antisocial behaviour.
  • Lack of family and/or community support.
  • Staying in a boarding house for 12 weeks or more without security of tenure.


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