Project Of The Month — April 2017
500 LIVES 500 HOMES
500 Lives 500 Homes is a three year campaign to break the cycle of homelessness for families, young people and adults. By getting to know each person by name and surveying their individual health, housing and support needs, the team respond in the best way for each person and prioritise the most vulnerable people.
A key focus of the work is to collaborate to assist families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Brisbane, to access stable and affordable housing. A key factor in making housing work for people, who are exiting chronic homelessness, is the crucial ‘move-in’ period. Often when families experience homelessness they lose many of their possessions while moving from place to place and when they finally secure housing they don’t have basic household items such as furniture, beds, linen, pots and pans, and even white-goods.
It is essential that people move into homes that are furnished and fitted-out to give them the best chance of starting over. A house is not a home without the facilities to cook, clean, sleep and relax. Housing people in permanent affordable accommodation, with the support to help them remain housed, ensures they will avoid the cycle of homelessness that often occurs for those unable to manage alone.
StreetFunder donations this month will support the 500 Lives 500 Homes Families Working Group to help a number of families transition from homelessness into housing successfully, helping them create a safe and secure place to call home.
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PAST STREETFUNDER PROJECTS
Helped to provide over 400 healthy meals and employment and life opportunities to women and children in refuges in Sydney and Melbourne.
Funds provided $TBC
Helped fund the operations of The Footpath Library resulting in the distribution of around 3,000 books.
Funds provided $2,330
Back to school fund split between Great Lakes (Regional NSW) and Sanctuary (NW Sydney) shelters.
Funds provided $2,201
StreetFunders and ‘once off’ givers supported families with their Back to School costs.
Funds provided $4,497
Helped provide Christmas Dinner & outreach services over the holiday period when other services in the area are closed.
Funds provided $1,765
Helped cover the on-road costs of their new shower van on trial in Brisbane.
Funds provided $1,636