What is homelessness

The classic definition of homelessness refers to a lack of one or more of the following three basic amenities:

1.An adequate dwelling place: security, personal safety, protection from the elements, private sleeping arrangements, facilities for cooking meals

2.Security of tenure in the dwelling place: not subject to eviction without notice

3.Access to spaces for social relationships: places to invite friends to sit and talk


Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated aims to counter this situation by providing a transitional moment in which men can escape from the cycle of homelessness by providing a safe and secure environment from which they can launch into more permanent housing.

Homelessness data from the 2016 Census

The 2016 Census data on Homelessness was released 14 March 2018.

See this website for the full report:


A summation of some of the key findings are below for your information and interest:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics continues to use a broad definition of “homelessness” – much more than “rooflessness”.

Homelessness is not just the result of too few houses. Its causes are many and varied. Domestic violence, a shortage of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, family breakdown and drug and alcohol abuse all contribute to the level of homelessness in Australia (FaHCSIA, 2008). Homelessness is not a choice. Homelessness is one of the most potent examples of disadvantage in the community, and one of the most important markers of social exclusion (Department of Human Services, 2002).

The number of homeless people in boarding houses in Australia is increasing.

There were 17,503 homeless persons living in boarding houses on Census night in 2016, up 17% on the estimate for 2011. The majority of the increase is attributed to New South Wales, up 19% or 1,076 persons to 6,869 in 2016 from 5,793 in 2011.

With regard to boarding houses, the ABS Census 2016 data analysis shows that men are almost three-quarters of all boarding house tenants, and that almost half the total boarding house population is over 45 years of age

The majority of the homeless boarding house population is male (73%). They are also older than the rest of the homeless population with 45% of the boarding house homeless population aged 45 years and over, compared to 25% of the total homeless population being in that age bracket.

Older Australians (aged 55 years and over) made up 16% (18,625 persons) of the total homeless population in 2016… For older persons, most are in boarding houses (27%), followed by staying temporarily in other households (24%).

Males accounted for 63% of older Australians who were homeless on Census night in 2016, increasing by 26% (or 2,407 persons) to 11,757 in 2016. The number of homeless older Australian females increased by 31% to 6,866 in 2016, up from 5,234 persons in 2011.

Carrington Cottages focus is on providing immediate accommodation for men who, in our experience, reflect  these statistics.

Types of homelessness:


The Australian Bureau of Statistics uses the Chamberlain and MacKenzie (2008) model of homelessness that makes Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated’s role in reducing homelessness clear.

•Tertiary homelessness: people living in single rooms in private boarding houses without their own bathroom, kitchen or security of tenure;

•Secondary homelessness: people moving between various forms of temporary shelter including friends, emergency accommodation, youth refuges, hostels and boarding houses;

•Primary homelessness: people without conventional accommodation (living in the streets, in deserted buildings, improvised dwellings, under bridges, in parks, etc.)


Carrington Cottages Management Incorporated ensures the availability of more rooms designed to increase Tertiary homeless,  reducing the number of actively homeless, whilst reducing significantly the numbers returning to the influx of the active homeless from the permanent housing sector.

We believe that everyone should have a safe and secure place to call “home”

At Carrington Cottages we provide the following services for the benefit, comfort and wellbeing of our residents:


 We provide safe, comfortable and affordable accomodation. 

Safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation 


Practical support for residents


Coordination of food donations


Organisation of social activities


Transport to medical and welfare appointments


A listening ear and referral to professional services for tenants with issues