Fighting homelessness

August 09, 2017

Safe in new home: Alice Kennedy pictured with one of her children.

BeyondHousing’s Seymour office has experienced an increase of more than 30 per cent in people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless last year, compared to the previous year.

And, 32 per cent of those 966 people needed immediate housing compared to 25 per cent in the previous year.

More concerning, 38 per cent of those people seeking housing assistance in Seymour were families.

‘‘As the figures show, there is more and more demand and it is becoming more urgent with a higher portion of those seeking our help needing it immediately,’’ BeyondHousing chief executive Celia Adams said.

‘‘As this is national Homelessness Week, across the country organisations are highlighting the increasing number of Australians who are at risk of homelessness, including in this region.’’

To help raise funds for homelessness, BeyondHousing has launched its new workplace giving program called A Home for Everyone.

The program provides a simple way for employees to contribute directly from their fortnightly pay to raise funds for housing initiatives in the region.

‘‘Every little bit helps and by working together as a regional community we have a better chance of achieving more understanding and support for people who are facing housing difficulties.’’

Money donated through the A Home for Everyone campaign goes directly into service delivery or towards house-building projects. BeyondHousing does not use the money for overheads.

If your organisation would like to offer the workplace giving program A Home for Everyone for your employees, contact BeyondHousing’s business development manager Laura Harris.

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