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Homelessness 101

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Key Messages:

  • Homelessness is the lack of stable, permanent, appropriate housing.
  • Common perceptions of homelessness are based on myths and stereotypes.
  • Experiences of homelessness include unstable housing, temporary accommodation and unsheltered homelessness.
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1. What is Homelessness?

Homelessness may be a familiar issue but it is often misunderstood. The common perception of homelessness in society is often limited and over-simplified. This lesson explores the definition of homelessness as a range of experiences that can encompass a variety of living situations.

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Define homelessness including different types of homelessness.
  • Describe a range of experiences of homelessness including unsheltered, emergency sheltered, at risk and hidden homelessness.