Housing Stress and Homelessness

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Housing Stress and Homelessness are significant and growing issues in the Newcastle Community and can take many forms.

Housing Stress is usually when very low or moderate income households pay more than 30% of thier household income on rental or mortgage payments. This is often the point where such households are at risk of having insufficient income to meet other essential living costs. Those paying more than 50% of income on such payments are deemed to be in 'severe housing stress.

Homelessness can include: sleeping rough, couch surfing and staying in unstable or overcrowded accommodation. The drivers of homelessness can include a shortage of stable and affordable housing, family violence, long term unemployment, family breakdown, mental illness and alcohol and other drug abuse.

Rough Sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness and takes many forms, including sleeping rough, couch surfing and staying un unstable or overcrowded accommodation. Rough sleeping constitutes approximately 7% of people experiencing homelessness in

Concerned About a Person Sleeping Rough?

Matthew Talbot Hostel has a simple and anonymous ONLINE REPORTING TOOL. When you fill out the tool this will immediately advise Matthew Talbot Homeless Service and Newcastle Assertive Outreach Teams of a person sleeping rough. OR Ph: 1300 305 667

When a report has been made, the Newcastle Assertive Outreach officers will visit the location of the person, talk with them about thier needs and refer them to emergency accommodation or other support services.

Community and Information Resources

Report a Rough Sleeper Tool

Matthew Talbot Hostel has a simple and anonymous ONLINE REPORTING TOOL which will advise Matthew Talbot Homeless Service and Newcastle Assertive Outreach Teams of a person sleeping rough. OR you can phone: (02) 4961 1411 Email: mtcwickham@vinnies.org.au .

When a report has been made, the Newcastle Assertive Outreach officers will visit the location of the person, talk with them about thier needs and refer them to emergency accommodation or other support services.

Volunteering and Advocacy Opportunities

City of Newcastle Pledge to End Homelessness Download

Adopted Housing Policy October 2021 Download

Newcastle Housing Policy October 2021 Download

Homelessness and Insecure Housing in Newcastle snapshot Download

Lord Mayoral Minute March 2021 Housing Affordability Crisis Download

Lord Mayor Minute July 2021 Strategies to Ameliorate Homelessness in Newcastle Download

Hunter Homeless Connect Directory 

Ask Izzy

Link to Home 1800 152 152

Child Protection Helpline 132 111

Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 656 463

As part of the Premier's Priority to Reduce Homelessness by 2025, the Newcastle Street Count of people sleeping rough has been conducted annually in Newcastle since 2019. Teams of volunteers head off from 4am until 6am visiting homelessness hotspots to record numbers and locations of people sleeping rough. They count people sleeping in places such as parks, tents, carparks, shopfronts, behind offices or in vehicles parked in suburban streets.