The causes of homelessness are complex, with no single trigger. Many factors play a role and interact with each other.
Homelessness means the lack of things that typically make us feel at 'home'. These can include security, stability, privacy, safety and control over your own living space.
A person is homeless if they:
- live in a dwelling that is inadequate
- have no security of tenure
- do not have control, or access to space for social relations.
This may include people:
- living in improvised dwellings, tents or cars
- sleeping out in supported accommodation for the homeless
- sleeping in temporary accommodation in other households
- sleeping in boarding houses, other temporary lodgings, and in severely overcrowded buildings.
Family violence and homelessness
Fleeing family violence is the biggest cause of homelessness in Victoria.
More than one-third of women accessing homelessness services are fleeing family violence (Australian Government Statistics 2008).
There is also support and information available for victims of family violence.
Housing support for over 55s
Knox City Council can provide support for Knox residents who are 55 years or over and homeless or at risk of homelessness.
There are other services available to Knox residents:
If your possessions are obstructing a public space, Council may impound them under Local Law.
Our Community Laws Officers will take reasonable steps to identify the owner and advise that their belongings have been impounded.
We must keep the goods for 14 days before selling, destroying, disposing of or giving them away.
A fee may be payable to release your impounded goods.
If you believe your goods have impounded, you should contact us as soon as possible on 9298 8000.
Contact us and we will get back to you.
Or call Customer Service team on 9298 8000.