On any given night in Australia, one in every 200 people are homeless. That is 116,000 Australians who recorded in 2016 on census night that they do not have secure housing. These are sobering statistics and numbers that are only set to increase.
This year the drastic measures undertaken to contain COVID-19, including the rehousing of rough sleepers, has highlighted the essential need and basic human right for everyone to have a secure place to go to. The pandemic has created an opportunity for us to come together and start to change our housing system so that we can all be guaranteed a roof over our heads.