More than half of the women seeking accommodation from the Salvation Army are facing domestic or family violence according to a new report.
The National Homelessness Report, put together by the Salvation Army, brings together data from 155 homelessness services.
More than 20,500 people sought assistance from the Salvos in the second half of last year.
The report found that a quarter of people seeking assistance have been homeless for more than six months.
Salvo's spokesman Dr Bruce Redman says 44 per cent cite the lack of affordable housing as the main issue.
"The overall (reason) why people are homeless (is) still poverty," he said.
"We need to look at affordable housing. We need to be developing more types of affordable housing and we need to do it really fast."
Fifty per cent of the women seeking help were forced from their homes by domestic violence and they bring their children with them.
"The fact that we are seeing so many children coming through that situation is a real worry," he said.
In December, three times the normal number of people will seek help from the Salvos in the lead-up to Christmas.
Despite the increase in demand for help, Dr Redman is optimistic that is issue is firmly on the agenda for the new Abbott Government.