This week is National Homelessness Week. According to Homelessness Australia, “In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.”
Follow these links to learn more about homelessness in NSW and Australia and how improvements to the current housing system could allow everyone to live in a home:
- Homelessness NSW
- Everybody’s Home campaign
- 5 simple things the Government can do to fix Australia’s housing system
- The “Housing First” principle
People with a migrant or refugee background are especially at risk of becoming homeless in Australia. This insightful article was recently featured on ABC News: Australia’s ‘hidden’ housing problem: Migrants and refugees are overrepresented among the homeless population
Learn more about “Australia’s hidden homeless” at Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA).
Sebastian Salaske-Lentern is the Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator of the Diocese of Parramatta.