When people are in crisis, local services are best placed to innovatively respond with localised support, yet they are often limited by funding and capacity shortages, and are struggling to keep their doors open. Join us in collectively raising funds and awareness for small grassroots homelessness and community organisations to keep their doors open and their services running. They are the lifeblood of communities and the first port of call for the growing numbers of people and families facing homelessness.
Small Organisations, Big Impact
Our 20 years of experience and action in the homelessness sector has shown us that smaller, community-based groups are the glue that hold communities together.
Why your support is needed.
Smaller grassroots organisations are best placed to identify what support their communities need, and have solutions and mechanisms in place that work for them and their community. But frontline homelessness and community services are experiencing a perfect storm where demand is peaking while funding opportunities diminish.
The small budgets of these vital services are being increasingly used up on rising operational costs like energy bills, rent, petrol, food, and staffing, limiting the support they can deliver to those in desperate need.
53% of community organisations whose main source of funding is non governmental report worsening financial positioning.
Only 3% of community organisations report that their funding allows them to always meet demand.
8,500 searches for help per day has been reported by support platform AskIzzy, the highest on record.
Help keep the lights on
Throughout our two decades of work in this area we have aimed to listen to community needs, equipping frontline organisations with flexible funding to innovatively respond to homelessness, poverty, disasters, and vulnerabilities. As a supportive ally, we offer flexible funding through a simplified grant process, sensitive to the time and capacity constraints of our partners.
As a result we have seen whole communities become more resilient and the health, wellbeing, financial security and housing outcomes for vulnerable people improved.
StreetSmart has been supporting Tassie Mums for 8 years now, they were the very first grant we received. We appreciate this type of funding, it is quick and easy to apply for and not bogged down in reporting. It’s helped us better support vulnerable children experiencing homelessness. Thank you StreetSmart for making these opportunities possible.”
Clair Harris, Tassie Mums
“Your innovative programs and initiatives have not only raised awareness but have directly contributed to improving the lives of those in need. We have witnessed firsthand the positive outcomes that StreetSmart’s support has brought to our community”
Tash, Karinya Young Women’s Service
20 Years of the StreetSmart Model
We are proud of our long history of community led change, of seeking out smaller often independent homelessness services, and of creating localised meaningful ways through grassroots networks. Our latest FY review shows that:
- 43% of of distributions went to organisations with less then 10 staff, 10% went to volunteer only organisations.
- 35% of support went to regional communities (outside capital cities) and 64% of distributions supported organisations with an annual turnover of less than $2 million.
Other options for support
Donate a Sleep Kit
For every $15 raised, a sleep kit is provided to a displaced person. Containing a towel, fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase, they are delivered through 555 local community charity partners.