Myths and Facts

Shalom Facts

  • In 2014 Shalom House crisis accommodation provided beds to 32 individuals from late May-mid October
  • In 2014 Shalom House crisis accommodation provided 375 beds for the homeless from late May-mid October.
  • The most common length of stay at Shalom House crisis accommodation was 1 night (2014).
  • The main reason for homelessness most men cited was "relationship issues/breakdown" (2014).
  • The average age of men staying at Shalom House is 37 years (2014).
  • Shalom Inc. receives no government funding and relies solely on community support and donations.
  • Shalom Inc. is loving kept functioning by the dedicated support of approx. 72 volunteers and 1 paid coordinator.

Homelessness Myths and Facts

Myth 1: Homeless People are lazy and should just get a job.
Fact: Ever tried to get a job when you haven’t had a shower, have no decent clothes, haven’t had something to eat, have no qualifications, have a mental illness or you’re over 50 years of age?

Myth 2: All homeless people sleep on the street
Fact: Only 5% of Australia’s homeless sleep rough.

Myth 3: All Homeless people are alcoholics or drug addicts
Fact: Only some homeless people have addiction problems. Some also start using after they have become homeless and many do not use at all.

Myth 4: You don’t need to be homeless in Australia, just go on Centrelink.
Fact: There are multiple reasons why people are homeless and finances are only one.

Myth 5: If young people are homeless it’s because they are disobeying their parents and they deserve to be homeless.
Fact: Youth can be homeless for a number of reasons. Some of the major factors include family violence, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), or harmful parenting practices.

Myth 6: All Homeless people have a mental Illness.
Fact: A recent study found that only 30% of homeless people had a mental health issue before they became homeless.

Myth 7: All homeless people are criminals and violent
Fact: This is simply not true. There are no statistics that show that the homeless population are any more violent than the general population and are in fact usually victims themselves

Contact Us

320 Albany Highway, Albany WA 6330
PO Box 1419, Albany Dc WA 6331
P : (08) 9847 4902 | M : 0474 474 902
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Shalom House provides 'shelter based' crisis accommodation for men (18 and over) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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