The Salvation Army is drawing attention to the alarming reduction in life expectancy for people without stable housing.
New research has shown being homeless multiplies the risk of early death by 3 to 7 times.
The Salvos say it’s unacceptable that the national average is just 50 years old.
Their General Manager of Homelessness Jed Donoghue, says it is distressing that a third of such premature deaths have been found to be preventable.
Many have been the result of illnesses that can be treated.
Dr Donoghue says the alarming statistics reveal what the Salvos see in their work; that secure and safe housing is literally a lifesaver.
According to the latest Census figures, 116 thousand Australians are classified as homeless.
The Salvation Army is the leading provider of homelessness services in Australia.