Many of the risk factors that can contribute to veteran homelessness are similar to those for the general population. These include negative life events such as relationship breakdowns, unemployment and mental ill-health.
DVA strives to ensure that these ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members have access to the services and support they and their families need. We can provide mental health support, social and peer support, and assistance with relationship or drug and alcohol problems.
DVA can also check to ensure that veterans are receiving all the financial support they may be entitled to, which can help ease other contributing pressures. Case management services may also be provided. If you know a veteran who is homeless or at risk of homelessness, please encourage them to contact DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).
Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling provides counselling and support services to current and former serving ADF members and their families, and operates a free telephone support line that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1800 011 046. Veterans and their family members can also talk with peers who have experienced military service, mental health issues, and recovery.
Open Arms also has the Crisis Accommodation Program which may be able to provide short-term accommodation to eligible current and former serving ADF members and their partners; and support to address issues that contributed to the crisis.
For more information, please visit the Homelessness Support Services page.