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‘It’s an absolute joke’: Calls for government to act on rising homelessness figures

If there’s one thing our politicians seem to agree on, it’s their desire to deal with the real issues confronting everyday Australias.

But it seems like our homeless are getting left behind.

It was revealed earlier this year that the number of homeless people in New South Wales has risen by 37 per cent in the past five years.

In Sydney, homelessness jumped by 48 per cent, more than triple the national average.

Exodus Foundation Founder Reverend Bill Crews tells Ben Fordham it’s “appalling”.

“Governments know what to do, Ben. They know what to do, they could do something tomorrow.”

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Will2Live Co-founder Will Hawes says everyday people often find themselves seeking help.

“I see it a lot and at the end of the day, they’re all just normal people. There is a lot of mental health issues and stuff, and there needs to be… a new model.”

Mr Hawes tells Ben people are given 28 days temporary accommodation if they find themselves on the streets.

But Reverend Crews says it’s not enough time for some people.

“It’s a joke. It’s an absolute joke,” he says.