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Australia has housed rough sleepers during the pandemic, unlike the US, but it’s a temporary fix. Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA/AAP

COVID spurred action on rough sleepers but greater homelessness challenges lie ahead

Australia found shelter for more than 33,000 rough sleepers and other homeless people during the pandemic, but a coming surge in homelessness demands a comprehensive national housing strategy.
Photographer: Alex Frayne, from his series ‘The Overseers of Streets’, for the 2020 Head On Photo Festival

If we realised the true cost of homelessness, we’d fix it overnight

When the moratorium on evictions ends, even more Australians will face housing insecurity and homelessness. Beyond the moral and health cases, there's a powerful financial reason to end homelessness.
This former school site in Dallas, Melbourne, is one of many sites suitable for public housing that are being prepared for sale in areas with high housing need. Roland Postma

Public land is being sold exactly where thousands on the waiting list need housing

Of 2,646 hectares of public land being prepared for sale in Victoria, 24 sites are suitable for building high-quality public housing in places of high need. Why isn't the land being used for this?

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