Ensuring everybody has a place to call home

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August 3, 2020

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A warm bed and a safe and secure roof over our head is something many of us take for granted.

On any given night, more than 120,000 people around Australia are homeless, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

As part of Homelessness Week, between 3 – 8 August 2020, we’re joining forces with organisations across the country to raise awareness of people at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness, and call for a better future.

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike said affordable, safe and secure housing is an essential human right and encouraged people to take part in the ‘Everybody’s Home’ campaign.

“People who come to us for support consistently tell us that a lack of affordable housing directly affects their ability to better their circumstances and look forward to a positive future,” Ms Pike said.

“There is strong evidence from around the world that focusing on providing safe, secure and permanent housing for people in crisis works, so it has to be our priority.

“Housing is a key factor in helping get a person’s life on track and once it’s secured, other complex needs can be addressed such as employment, mental health or alcohol and drug problems.

“Coronavirus and last summer’s bushfires again demonstrated the importance having a home is to health, wellbeing and a sense of security and that’s why need more investment in social housing.”

You can show your support by signing the Everybody’s Home petition by visiting the Everybody’s Home website or join the conversation on social media using #HW2020.

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