Susan became homeless after her husband died and for 10 years slept under bridges and in parks across the Brisbane area.
Susan had been offered housing placements previously, but had turned them down saying there were ‘people who need it more’. In 2021, our Street to Home team finally convinced Susan to accept a placement, and she moved in a few weeks prior to Christmas.
“Thanks to the support of the network behind StreetSmart’s Making-a-Home initiative, she did not just move into ‘housing’. Susan moved in with everything she needed to make a home. This included a refrigerator, a vacuum cleaner, a toaster, bedding, and more.
The continued contributions from the StreetSmart’s Making-a-Home initiative have made an impact on Susan’s life and the lives of other individuals and families by enabling them to move into a permanent home and emergency accommodation with a housing set up. Together, we can end homelessness in Brisbane.”
MICAH Projects, QLD
Our housing crisis
Securing any type of affordable housing is incredibly difficult, especially for those on a low income. But when affordable housing is eventually secured, it is crucial that people are supported in making their house a home, and avoid going into immediate debt when purchasing essentials like furniture, white goods, or kitchenware. For people who are fleeing domestic violence, recovering from natural disasters, or moving into accommodation after experiencing homelessness, these types of essential household items are items they just don’t have.
“This making-a-Home grant will provide immediate relief, support and tools for people moving into their tenancies and enable them to have the best chance of successful, keeping them housed and off the streets. The people we are supporting often have complex housing histories and face challenges moving into permanent and stable accommodation so this extra support is required as they move into permanent and stable homes.”RUAH Community Services, Zero ProjectWestern Australia
“The Making-a-Home grant funding will directly support these persons to access accommodation and set-up a tenancy, providing rapidly accessible, person-centred, and flexible brokerage option to respond more effectively to the needs of people sleeping rough.”Ending Rough Sleeping Byron Shire Collaboration
“The generous grant will enable us to support young people moving from crisis and short term accommodation into longer term affordable housing with household goods including bedroom furnishings, bedding and essential whitegoods and furniture. On behalf of the young people we support, thank you StreetSmart Australia!”WAYSSNew South Wales
Lead National Sponsor and Partner
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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Donations made to StreetSmart Australia over $2 are tax deductible. StreetSmart Australia (ABN: 51 106 387 446) is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. StreetSmart Australia is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission (ACNC).
To Donate by Direct Bank Transfer:
“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
Please send us an email of your donation, including donation amount, date, and donor name. We will send a tax deductible receipt to you.
Account name: StreetSmart Australia
Acc Number: 17243-2803