Australian policymakers seem to have accepted that homelessness is insoluble or, perhaps more accurately, one that no one cares enough about to solve. The last leader to commit to serious action was Kevin Rudd in 2008. Since then the focus has shifted to young people and low-income earners being locked out of the housing market rather than homelessness per se.

But the Finns have shown it is possible to make a serious dent on homelessness with a commitment of resources despite the major problems with trying to accurately measure the problem. Here, the “debate” seems to centre on demonising the homeless while our persistent underfunding of social housing (especially by the allegedly “progressive” Andrews government in Victoria) continues with little attention.