HOMELESSNESS IN THE REGIONS
Often when homelessness is reported in Australia it is about the experience of people in our cities, with images of people huddled on busy streets, in shop doorways or in a laneway with a city backdrop. However, in Australia in 2019, just as many people experience homelessness in our regions as people in metro areas. They could be living in their cars or perhaps camping out in the bush, living in a tent or caravan in a coastal town camp site.
Often our regions thrive on successful tourism and agriculture but a lack of available, let alone affordable, housing stock is a key reason why so many people are experiencing homelessness. Rental vacancy rates in regional areas are often the lowest in the country. This layered with the rising cost of living, lack of social housing, inadequate Newstart allowances, family breakdown and violence and the casualisation of the workforce have left many people vulnerable to becoming homeless.
That’s why this month we are raising funds to support homeless services at Tamworth Family Support.
Further Information: SBS The Feed News report