Affordable, safe and secure housing is an essential human right.
Yet on any given night in Australia, over 116,000 people are homeless.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
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.
There is strong evidence from around the world that a Housing First model of intervention for people in crisis works.
This means that providing safe and permanent housing must be the first priority.
Once that is secured, other complex needs, such as employment, mental health or alcohol and drug problems can be addressed.
This Homelessness Week, we’re joining forces with organisations across the country to raise awareness of people at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness, and take action to achieve enduring solutions.
We all have the power to advocate for change.
There are a number of ways you can show your support:
- Attend a Homelessness Week event in your region.
- Join us in signing the Everybody’s Home petition to call for a better, fairer housing system for everyone.
- Send a message to our leaders that it’s time to raise the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance.
Let’s unite our voices to ensure everybody has a place to call home.