Homelessness and poverty on the rise

Smith said soaring rents and house prices were the biggest causes of homelessness in the region, with landlords often raising rents to make the most of their investments, particularly after buying a new property.

“What we’re seeing is people are being forced to move not because of poor behaviour but because of an end of lease or increase in rent.”

“We’ve got some of the wealthiest suburbs in Australia and some of the hardest-hit families financially as well.”

Ben Smith, Mornington Community Centre

Salvation Army’s Mornington Peninsula homelessness manager Loretta Buckley said the…

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