It’s time to end homelessness

I have two young children, and we fled a DV relationship from their father in 2020. I left knowing we would be homeless, and we entered a local women’s shelter. We stayed there for 2 years and 4 months, when the shelter said they can no longer support us. For 6 months now, my children and I have been couch surfing, camping and house sitting. We are no closer to receiving a house in almost 3 years of being on the priority list.

It is now winter and our options are extremely limited and I would rather not camp with my children. The other woman’s shelters are at capacity and we are on the waiting list. We were given 7 days of brokered accommodation. But otherwise, there are no other services in place to help us. We are on the waiting list for Rapid Rehousing for almost 3 years.

Stories like these are all too common

No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone needs a safe, decent and affordable home. But in Australia right now, more than 122,000 people have no home on any given night. 

Homelessness is both preventable and solvable

We know homelessness can be solved. If people have access to safe and affordable housing, adequate incomes and the support they need to escape violence or abuse and to find and sustain a home, homelessness will be rare, and where it does occur, brief and quickly resolved. 

We have the power and resources to end homelessness for good

This year, the Federal Government is developing a 10-year National Housing and Homelessness Plan. For that plan to make a real difference, we need it to be ambitious and to deliver on the resources and reforms needed to end homelessness for good.

Take action to end homelessness today

Can you sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to ensure this plan is ambitious, and is backed by the commitment and resources needed to end homelessness?

Click here to read Homelessness Australia’s Plan to End Homelessness

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