Homelessness Week 2023
Homelessness Week 2023
7-13 August 2023
What is Homelessness Week?
Homelessness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by Homelessness Australia. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the impacts of homelessness and the solutions needed to end homelessness, and advocate for change.
On any given night, 122,494 people in Australia are experiencing homelessness (ABS Census 2021).
Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of homelessness via national and local events and campaigns, as well as providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.
The theme for Homelessness Week 2023 is: It’s time to end homelessness.
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 a foundation to living a healthy life. Only 6.2 per cent of people without a home are sleeping rough. The majority of homelessness is hidden – people in crisis accommodation, rooming houses, insecure housing, overcrowded dwellings or couch surfing.
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 stable, safe and secure home 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
Homelessness Week provides an opportunity to bring the issue of homelessness onto the agendas of local, state and national governments. In the lead-up to and during Homelessness Week, individuals and organisations are encouraged to get involved by creating and attending events, supporting campaigns and sharing messages focussed on ending homelessness.
You can help raise awareness by talking about Homelessness Week on social media, encouraging your friends, family and co-workers to learn more about homelessness in Australia and the actions needed to achieve real solutions.
Head on over to the Homelessness Australia website to find out more and download the Homelessness Week 2023 Action Pack with information about the campaign, facts about homelessness, social media images and posters. Please share using the hashtag #HW2023.
Everybody’s Home, a national campaign launched in 2018 to fix the housing crisis, is calling on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to design a plan with the commitment and resources needed to end homelessness. You can visit their website to find out more and sign the petition.
You can also get involved with a local homelessness support service like the EMC. Check out how you can support our mission, to address issues faced by people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of experiencing homelessness, or experiencing social isolation.