Mission Australia Dubbo's Rachel Bates claims homelessness within the Dubbo area is still a problem, with more than 200 people still experiencing the hardships of being without a home, according to the 2016 census.
"As a community, I don't believe people are aware of homelessness as an issue in Dubbo as we don't see people sleeping rough in the street or parks," Ms Bates said.
"But a lot of people in Dubbo are couch surfing, staying temporarily with friends and family, or living in motels, overcrowded dwellings or even cars.
"These people are experiencing what is known as "hidden homelessness"."
Ms Bates alluded to homelessness having no boundaries and being a risk anyone could potentially face given unfortunate circumstances.
"People of all ages and backgrounds can become homeless," Ms Bates said.
"But some people are more vulnerable, with financial difficulties, housing affordability, loss of a job, trauma, health issues, mental illness and domestic violence."
Ms Bates said another issue leading to an increase of homelessness within our community is due to housing becoming less affordable in Dubbo.
"We are seeing more people pushed into homelessness," she said.
"To combat homelessness, there needs to be a national plan, a national housing plan with affordable homes.
"People can sign up to Everybody's Home campaign which is led by a coalition of housing, homelessness and welfare organisations including Mission Australia."
"People in the community can donate to a homelessness charity of their choice, or sign up to the Everybody's Home campaign at everbodyshome.com.au," Ms Bates said.
"If we work together, we can prevent and reduce homelessness.
"There is no shame in seeking support when you need it.
"We are all in this together, and Mission Australia, alongside other organisations, are here to help you to take your first steps out of homelessness".