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'Unmet demand': Rough Sleepers Face Repeat Periods Of Homelessness

The unmet demand for homelessness services in Australia is rising as more people face repeat periods of homelessness, new figures show.

The Productivity Commission report showed 33.8 per cent of Australians needing access to accommodation services between 2018 and 2019 were not getting them.

In 2014 and 2015, only 25.9 per cent of people in need of services weren't getting access.

A homeless man packs up his tent in Martin Place, Sydney. Image: Getty

The number of repeat clients for specialist homelessness services had also risen, from five per cent in 2014 and 2015 to 5.6 per cent in 2018 and 2019.

Services costs had slowly dropped over the same period, with the commission saying this could indicate improved efficiencies or poorer quality services and longer wait times.

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There was little change in users employment or education statuses after accessing services.

The proportion of clients employed or undergoing training or education was 21.3 per cent in 2018 and 2019, compared to 20.1 per cent before accessing services.