In this paper we examine the consequences of providing charity to people who are homeless; consequences for the giver, receiver, and society more broadly.
Drawing on the ideas of Peter Singer and the ‘effective altruist’ movement… we suggest that such charitable interventions may not only do little good, but may actually do harm.
This report presents an overview of homelessness in Western Australia.
Evidence is reviewed and consolidated, and extant knowledge from various statistical sources, academic research, evaluation reports, the lived experience of those who experience homelessness, and recent guiding frameworks was provided by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments, as well as The Western Australian Strategy to End Homelessness published by the Western Australian Alliance to End Homelessness.
The 2018/19 data provides an insight into the real-life living cost pressures being faced by households across Western Australia who are experiencing financial hardship and stress.
The 2019 Cost of Living Report models the income and expenditure of five household types during the 2018/19 financial year in comparison to the two preceding financial years (2016/17 and 2017/18).
Doing so allowed WACOSS to analyse relative changes in living costs and understand their likely impacts on current and future levels of relative comfort, deprivation and need.