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Australia has a housing and homelessness crisis. A lack of safe, secure and affordable housing is one factor resulting in 116,000 being homeless on any given night, and 275,000 people seeking assistance in the last year. As winter approaches there are thousands of people sleeping rough on the streets, living in their cars or other temporary shelters. The situation is worsening, and effects all communities, including our regional centres and the outer urban fringes.

The reality is that many people on low incomes have virtually no housing options. Services they approach will most likely turn them away, a few may be offered a night in a motel at best over the winter if there are extreme circumstances.

A local response to this crisis has been the setting up of temporary shelters over the winter period, making use of mostly underutilised, church buildings, manned by trained volunteers. We recognise that these shelters are providing a much needed temporary, local, crisis service and are also helping guests to link to local organisations who can assist with longer term impacts. We would rather these shelters were not needed, but they are.

That’s why this month we are raising funds for the operating costs of three Winter Night Shelters in the Yarra Ranges, Sunbury and Bendigo, all in Victoria.

More Information:

Guardian Australia – Just Two rentals in Australia affordable for single people on Newstart

Bendigo Advertiser – Churches plan to throw open doors this winter

Huge thanks to the following organisations who have supported our StreetFunder

“Our business has been supporting StreetSmart through workplace giving since 2015. Each month our team helps fund a new project and we get immediate feedback on how the money has been spent. We are really proud to be a part of such an important initiative, and our staff are too”   Justine Butler, ASIC in the Community Manager

Melbourne Pathology
Dr Bronner

Contact Geoff to chat about how we can develop a workplace giving program that fits your organisation or choose StreetSmart on the ‘Good to Give’ platform.

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