All but the poorest of the poor among us here live better than this, Irene.
It is a national disgrace here, in the richest country in the world, that some still have to sleep on the streets. Even some women with children! The latter generally a product of domestic violence.
It makes me very angry on a daily basis.
Mostly (99%?) due to government inaction on keeping up with public housing. Here in Victoria, the most socialist state in Australia, public housing spending/acquisition has dropped by 40% over the last 40 years! This is beyond disgraceful!
Meanwhile, the government wasted $30 billion on a desalination plant that was not needed, and has never been used through necessity. Our dams were 30% full then (end of a drought), and are currently 100% full - about 4 years of zero rainfall from being empty.
How many public school places, public hospital beds and public housing units could have been built with that $30 billion? Lots!