Homelessness Prevention Week
On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless, 17,800 are under 12 and 10,100 between 12 and 18 year olds. One quarter of homelessness is caused by domestic violence.
These stats are unacceptable in Australia, and Homelessness Prevention Week is an annual event to raise community awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the surrounding issues. This year the theme is ‘Step Up’, motivating people to take action.
Through July and August our MPs and the community across NSW are participating in sleep outs, as Matthew Fraser (pictured) and Geoff Provest did on July 30, to raise awareness of the issue.
Northern NSW is taking action, using the $8.1 million allocated this year for specialist homelessness services. Initiatives to be funded include the Everybody Needs a Home Conference and the first Domestic and Family Violence Regional Forum in August, as well as the introduction of the Outreach collaboration.