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Rent assistance | Support at-risk Australians to maintain tenancies
Housing assistance | Help those exiting out of homelessness access safe shelter
Rent assistance | Support at-risk Australians to maintain tenancies
Housing assistance | Help those exiting out of homelessness access safe shelter

Why your support is desperately needed.

20

of children in regional areas are living below the poverty line

40

of people experiencing homelessness in Australia are under the age of 25

33

of Australian households don't have enough to eat

“Our first-hand experience is that we are seeing an increase of people experiencing significant financial hardship and demand for services and support is rising. People are needing critical support with bills and costs of living.”

Chelsea Community Support Services, VIC

Our clients are in severe ongoing financial hardship, living in unsafe boarding houses, fleeing domestic violence, or sleeping rough in their car or under bridges. Keeping a roof over their heads is a constant stress. ”

Monash Oakleigh Community Support, VIC

White Goods | Essential appliances to make a home functional. (Fridge, kettle etc)
Kitchenware | Pots & Pans, plates, glasses, cutlery etc
Food Security | Groceries and nutritious meals

Why steady meals and simple household goods are essential.

The Foodbank Hunger Report 2022 revealed that 2 million households in Australia have run out of food in the last year due to limited finances. This has meant 1.3 million children lived in food insecure households during that time.

In this time of increased living pressures and expenses, vulnerable people are eating less protein and fresh food than they should because it’s an expensive item if they’re short of money.” – Outer East Food Share, VIC

“More people are being pushed into homelessness and hunger as household budgets are savaged by unrelenting cost-of-living increases, particularly fuel, power, food, rent and mortgage repayments.” – Loaves and Fishes TAS

 

Pictured | Delicious meals made by MET Cafe

Quality towels/sheets | ensuring comfort and dignity for those in crisis
Quality towels/sheets | ensuring comfort and dignity for those in crisis
Furniture | crucial material aid to set up a home

37% of mothers fleeing domestic violence return to their partner because they have no safe place to go. In the first half of 2022 alone, over 10,000 people were displaced by floods. Families are living in tents and cars after being priced out of their rentals. New sheets, their own bed, or a couch to rest on restores safety and gives comfort after a crisis.

“When women come to us for help, they don’t have much besides a small bag of essential items. Therefore support to set up a new home with the basics  is essential as women rebuild a safe future, free of gender-based violence” WAGEC, NSW

 

Pictured | Susan from Micah Projects

The importance of sleep and safety in breaking the cycle.

Your donations fund grassroots change

The Roof

Housing is a human right. For those facing intersectional challenges like poverty, homelessness, domestic and family violence, or displacement after a natural disaster, a roof over your head means safety and dignity. Having a safe and secure home gives people in hardship the stability to create change in their lives. Supporting people to maintain their tenancies or secure one after rough sleeping, is an instrumental way to take action against homelessness and disadvantage.

“It feels so good taking families fleeing domestic violence into the room for the first time, and seeing their faces when they realise the room is theirs and they are safe.”

Bonnie Support Services, NSW

The Bedroom

Material aid makes a house, a home. People in crisis and exiting out of homelessness need support as they create new havens of safety and independence. Making an empty house liveable with essentials like a fridge, cleaning supplies, and homewares, can be expensive and push vulnerable people further into debt. Simple items like new sheets and towels offer people comfort and dignity in their time of stress.

“To prevent a return to homelessness, it’s necessary that some basic items such as beds, mattresses, linen, towels and kitchen essentials are provided and this is what we do for each individual or family.”

Micah Projects, QLD

The Kitchen

Too many Australians are struggling to have enough food for themselves and their families. Parents are skipping meals so their kids can eat dinner and children are turning up to school hungry and unable to focus. Nutritious food is such a basic requirement that when people are forced to go without it impacts all other areas of life like employment, relationships, and study. Food relief for Australians on the margins is needed and powerful, allowing them to focus on other living costs and have the energy to get on top of challenges.

“We have children who come to school who haven’t slept and are hungry. That’s concerning for me because if they don’t get the food they need, they can’t learn.”

Loaves and Fishes TAS

Help marginalised Australians get back on their feet.

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$80,000 for Food Relief as hunger grows amongst vulnerable Australians

By Community Grants, EOY 2022, Grant Impact, Homelessness in the news, StreetSmart News

Australians are turning to charity, often for the first time in their lives, as they try to make ends meet and put food on the table. Over one million people every month are relying on Foodbank to help feed themselves and their families. As they struggle to pay rent and bills, purchasing food slips down the priority list, often resulting in going without. With the help of a philanthropic partner, we have been able to distribute $80,000 in grants to 16 community organisations to make more food  available for those struggling. 

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3 Years of SleepSafe: the gift of dignity and comfort for 64,400 people

By EOY 2022, SleepSafe, StreetSmart News

We are celebrating 3 years of SleepSafe, our material aid program that funds and distributes high quality sheets and towels to frontline organisations and the vulnerable communities they support. Sustained by the efforts of Sheridan staff and the donations of their customers, our SleepSafe initiative has provided dignity and comfort to more than 64,400 vulnerable Australians and invaluable support to the 540 community organisations that assist them.

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$320,000 Distributed to Support 59 Vital Community Services

By Community Grants, EOY 2022, Grant Impact, News, StreetSmart News

Bendigo foodshare - EOFY22

We are in the midst of a cost-of-living and housing crisis. To respond, StreetSmart donors and supporters raised funds through May, June and July (including our EOFY Winter Appeal), enabling us to make 59 community grants providing $320,000 for Emergency Relief and Food Relief programs, along with Flood Relief grants and our SmartMeals and Making-a-Home programs. Read more…

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Rent assistance | Support at-risk Australians to maintain tenancies
Housing assistance | Help those exiting out of homelessness access safe shelter

Why your support is desperately needed.

20

of children in regional areas are living below the poverty line

40

of people experiencing homelessness in Australia are under the age of 25

33

of Australian households don't have enough to eat

“Our first-hand experience is that we are seeing an increase of people experiencing significant financial hardship and demand for services and support is rising. People are needing critical support with bills and costs of living.”

Chelsea Community Support Services, VIC

Our clients are in severe ongoing financial hardship, living in unsafe boarding houses, fleeing domestic violence, or sleeping rough in their car or under bridges. Keeping a roof over their heads is a constant stress. ”

Monash Oakleigh Community Support, VIC

White Goods | Essential appliances to make a home functional. (Fridge, kettle etc)
Kitchenware | Pots & Pans, plates, glasses, cutlery etc
Food Security | Groceries and nutritious meals

Why steady meals and simple household goods are essential.

The Foodbank Hunger Report 2022 revealed that 2 million households in Australia have run out of food in the last year due to limited finances. This has meant 1.3 million children lived in food insecure households during that time.

In this time of increased living pressures and expenses, vulnerable people are eating less protein and fresh food than they should because it’s an expensive item if they’re short of money.” – Outer East Food Share, VIC

“More people are being pushed into homelessness and hunger as household budgets are savaged by unrelenting cost-of-living increases, particularly fuel, power, food, rent and mortgage repayments.” – Loaves and Fishes TAS

 

Pictured | Delicious meals made by MET Cafe

Quality towels/sheets | ensuring comfort and dignity for those in crisis
Furniture | crucial material aid to set up a home

The importance of sleep and safety in breaking the cycle.

37% of mothers fleeing domestic violence return to their partner because they have no safe place to go. In the first half of 2022 alone, over 10,000 people were displaced by floods. Families are living in tents and cars after being priced out of their rentals. New sheets, their own bed, or a couch to rest on restores safety and gives comfort after a crisis.

“When women come to us for help, they don’t have much besides a small bag of essential items. Therefore support to set up a new home with the basics  is essential as women rebuild a safe future, free of gender-based violence” WAGEC, NSW

 

Pictured | Susan from Micah Projects

Your donations fund grassroots change

The Roof

Housing is a human right. For those facing intersectional challenges like poverty, homelessness, domestic and family violence, or displacement after a natural disaster, a roof over your head means safety and dignity. Having a safe and secure home gives people in hardship the stability to create change in their lives. Supporting people to maintain their tenancies or secure one after rough sleeping, is an instrumental way to take action against homelessness and disadvantage.

“It feels so good taking families feeling domestic violence into the room for the first time, and seeing their faces when they realise the room is theirs and they are safe.”

Bonnie Support Services, NSW

The Bedroom

Material aid makes a house, a home. People in crisis and exiting out of homelessness need support as they create new havens of safety and independence. Making an empty house liveable with essentials like a fridge, cleaning supplies, and homewares, can be expensive and push vulnerable people further into debt. Simple items like new sheets and towels offer people comfort and dignity in their time of stress.

“To prevent a return to homelessness, it’s necessary that some basic items such as beds, mattresses, linen, towels and kitchen essentials are provided and this is what we do for each individual or family.”

Micah Projects, QLD

The Kitchen

Too many Australians are struggling to have enough food for themselves and their families. Parents are skipping meals so their kids can eat dinner and children are turning up to school hungry and unable to focus. Nutritious food is such a basic requirement that when people are forced to go without it impacts all other areas of life like employment, relationships, and study. Food relief for Australians on the margins is needed and powerful, allowing them to focus on other living costs and have the energy to get on top of challenges.

“We have children who come to school who haven’t slept and are hungry. That’s concerning for me because if they don’t get the food they need, they can’t learn.”

Loaves and Fishes TAS

Help marginalised Australians get back on their feet.

Corporate and Workplace Giving

You can choose to nominate StreetSmart Australia as your charity of choice for workplace giving. Every month your donations will help support a range of important projects providing care and aid to vulernable people experiencing homelessness.

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