Homelessness Week 2021

Homelessness Week 2021

1-7 August 2021

Homelessness Week is an annual awareness-raising event coordinated by Homelessness Australia. It is an opportunity to bring the issues of homelessness into the spotlight, as well as the actions needed to achieve lasting solutions.

The theme for Homelessness Week 2021 is “Everybody needs a home”, highlighting the urgent need for more social and affordable housing.

In Australia, there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night.

Homelessness is more than just ‘rooflessness’, housing is more than just shelter. A home provides a sense of security, stability, privacy and safety, and is foundational to living a healthy life.

Homelessness can profoundly affect a person’s mental and physical health, their education and employment opportunities and their ability to fully participate in society. Not having a home can be life-threatening. Homelessness makes it harder for individuals to find and maintain a job, stay healthy and maintain relationships, which leads to people becoming socially isolated.

The main causes of homelessness are poverty, lack of affordable housing, and family violence. Over half of people presenting at support services cite family violence or relationship breakdown as a reason for seeking help.

Get involved

This Homelessness Week, the Everybody’s Home campaign is launching a digital action about housing for women and children fleeing violence, and is encouraging individuals and organisations to speak to their MPs about Australia’s housing crisis and how to fix it.

Join the campaign at everybodyshome.com.au to get updates on the latest actions. 

Help amplify the messages of Homelessness Week and share your stories about homelessness and Australia’s housing crisis using the hashtags #HomelessnessWeek21 and #EverybodyNeedsAHome.

You can find more information, messaging and resources in the Homelessness Week 2021 Supporter Pack.

If you are interested in volunteering at the EMC, please contact us.

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Homelessness Week 2021 – need for more social and affordable housing
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