DONATE NOW TO OUR COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND
The team at StreetSmart Australia is deeply concerned how COVID-19 is impacting people experiencing homelessness and those who are about to be at risk. We have been continually checking in with our community partners throughout this pandemic and one thing rings true for every one, they need funds right now!
We have set up an Emergency Response Fund to help these organisations access funds immediately through grants. Your donation will provide urgent assistance to homeless groups and organisations to ensure they can support and provide help to the most vulnerable in our community during this crisis. We will continue to provide updates on the impact your donations are having and share the positive stories of how these grants can literally save lives.
Your donation will go towards:
- Meals and food security
- Hand sanitiser and care packs
- Medical and health services on the street
- Emergency accommodation services
Below is a message from two community partners that StreetSmart support through our grants program and explains how this pandemic is affecting their organisation and why this Emergency Response Fund is so vital right now.
“Imagine being homeless during this crisis. Services closing, people struggling to get food, a shower, laundry or see a Doctor. The demand is increasing and we refuse to close. Thanks to this funding boost from StreetSmart we can now purchase critical supplies, pay for more nurses and get more people off the streets and into safer accommodation. It’s simple, we unashamedly need two things more than ever right now – money and kindness.” Ben Vasiliou, CEO, Youth Projects.
“COVID-19 is going to have a disproportionately greater impact on people experiencing homelessness than the general community. Our key challenge at this time is to support people who are experiencing homelessness (in all forms) to remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible. To help with keeping people experiencing homelessness as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, organisations such as Haymarket have focused heavily on maintaining business continuity. Simply, we need ongoing access to the appropriate resources (staff, capital, and supply chain) to deliver critical services for as long as the pandemic response requires. Recently, we’ve had almost double the amount of people calling ad requesting accommodation. Supply issues are driven by our staff having to self-isolate, and the general public (quite rightly) ensuring they are safe and prepared in an environment of uncertainty.” – Peter Valpiani, CEO, The Haymarket Foundation.
* Photo credit: Youth Projects and Dr. Daniela Todaro – recently funded by StreetSmart Australia