Victorians are more likely to believe homelessness stems from drug and alcohol use than systemic issues such as housing affordability or the availability of social housing, a new government-backed survey shows.
The Andrews government commissioned a survey of 1010 people, statistically representative of the overall Victorian population, to gauge public perceptions of homelessness. The survey, conducted in early February, followed sustained negative media coverage vilifying rough sleepers in Melbourne’s city centre.
The results found that one in five of those surveyed viewed homelessness as the most serious issue facing Victoria today. Overall, respondents ranked it as a more serious problem than bushfires or traffic congestion.