Homelessness Week 2016

This week is Homelessness Week (1-7 August) coordinated by Homelessness Australia, the national peak body for homelessness in Australia. It is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.

'Homelessness Counts' is the theme for Homelessness Week 2016. As a leading provider of housing services, we encourage all to recognise that those experiencing homelessness are a valuable part of our society and must be supported!

Homelessness Week is also over the week before the Census night (9 August) and it is important those experiencing homelessness are adequately represented in Census data.

This data is important as it outlines the severity of the issue across Australia, and also is importnant in demonstrating the need for adequate funding to deal with homelessness and associated affordable housing issues.

How will you help raise awareness of homelessness in Australia, and make sure #homelessnesscounts?

How can you:

  • raise community awareness and understanding of homelessness?
  • increase community connections for those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness?
  • recognise the individuals and groups who help those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness?
  • increase community understanding and connections for those working in the homelessness sector?

Why do we support Homelessness Week?

We are one of the largest not-for-profit community housing providers in Queensland, offering a range of rental housing options for individuals and families on low incomes, those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and those who are discriminated against in the private housing market. These options include crisis housing, transitional housing and long-term housing along with properties under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). Support is also available to assist crisis housing tenants with income arrangements, budgeting and referral to specialist services.

We believe that safe, secure, appropriate and affordable housing is a basic human right and is fundamental to individual, family and community wellness. We want our tenants to live in inclusive, safe and viable urban or rural communities:

  • which offer a sustainable and good quality living environment
  • where households can access a good range of services to maintain and improve their quality of life
  • where residents have the opportunity to learn, work, engage and be involved in determining the future of their communities and to influence decisions that affect them.

For more information on Churches of Christ Housing Services, please visit carehousingservices.com.au

Posted August 1, 2016 in News