Housing affordability and availability have been a challenge in our region. Recent natural disasters have placed greater stress on housing supply and demand. 

In 2021, a total of 2,472 people were identified as homeless across the our region.1

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Temporarily staying with other households704
Severely overcrowded dwellings572
Supported accommodation for the homeless446
Improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out381
Temporary lodging186
Boarding house183

In 2021-2022, 9,833 people in our region received support from specialist homelessness services.2

The top 3 reasons for seeking assistance were:

  • domestic and family violence
  • housing crisis
  • housing affordability stress

There is a lack of social housing and affordable housing in the Healthy North Coast region. 

In 2021, 10 of the 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) had a lower percentage of social housing than the NSW and Australian rate.3

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Affordable, secure and safe housing is fundamental to one’s health and wellbeing.


Homelessness is one of the most potent examples of disadvantage in the community, and one of the most important markers of social exclusion. 

Where homeless people in Healthy North Coast stayed (2016 Census)

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