Ripon residents are suffering from some of the most severely overcrowded homes in regional Victoria according to new data released by the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP).
A Homelessness Heat Map showing homelessness rates by state electorates found that Ripon has the second worst ranking for people in severely overcrowded homes in regional Victoria. Homelessness in Ripon affects 31 people per 10,000, higher than the regional state average of 27 people per 10,000, and those most impacted are between the ages of 19 and 34.
Of Ripon’s 188 homeless people, 16 people are sleeping rough, 43 are couch surfing, 50 are in crisis accommodation and 79 are in severely overcrowded dwellings.
Homelessness has become an increasing issue throughout Victoria and Ripon is no exception with the number of people experiencing homelessness rising from 146 in 2011 to 183 in 2018.
Ripon’s numbers are also relatively high compared to neighbouring electorates such as Bendigo East at 157, Bendigo West 191 and Lowan 97.
CHP acting CEO Kate Colvin said the rising numbers of people experiencing homelessness is “concerning”.
“It’s likely because of increasing costs of rental housing. As rents are rising it’s harder for low income households to compete in the rental market and find a place they can afford,” she said.
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