Homelessness Week 4 - 10 August 2019
Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia. The aim is to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues they face. It is an opportunity to bring the issues of homelessness into the spotlight, well as the actions needed to achieve enduring solutions.
This year’s theme is “Housing Ends Homelessness”.
Right now, more than 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. Homelessness is more than just rooflessness. A home provides a sense of security, stability, privacy and safety.
Only 7% of people experiencing homelessness are sleeping rough. The majority of homelessness is hidden with people staying in crisis accommodation, couch surfing or sleeping in their cars.
The main causes of homelessness are poverty, lack of affordable housing, and family violence. Over half of people presenting at services cite family violence or relationship breakdown as a reason for seeking help.
Often people don’t realise how easy it is to become homeless. Many of us are one or two crises away from experiencing homelessness; the death of a loved one, sickness, injury or job loss can lead to people being unable to afford to buy food, pay bills and rent.
Not having a home is life threatening. Homelessness makes it harder for individuals to find and maintain a job, stay healthy and maintain relationships, leading to people becoming socially isolated.
Homelessness can profoundly affect a person’s mental and physical health, their education and employment opportunities and their ability to fully participate in society.
Despite the rise in homelessness, federal funding has not increased. Australia needs a national plan to end homelessness.
How you can help nationally
Sign the Everybody’s Home petition calling for a national action plan to end homelessness.
Make some noise
Share the petition on social media, using the hashtags #HW2019 and #EverybodysHome
Talk about homelessness to your friends, family and colleagues. Help raise awareness of the issues faced by people experiencing homelessness.
You can find the latest data on homelessness in Australia on the Council to Homeless Persons website.
For more information and to check out the campaign toolkit, visit Homelessness Australia’s website.