What is the homelessness situation right now?
We are currently experiencing an emergency state of homelessness.
According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures (2016) there are 6,224 South Australians experiencing homelessness. Nationally, the Census identified 116,427 people experiencing homelessness, which is one in every 200 Australians.
Relationship breakdowns, family estrangement, trauma, addiction, or needing to travel to a different region for family, legal or health reasons and lacking transport or funds to return home, are some of the many factors that can lead to someone experiencing homelessness.
The reasons can be multi-layered and complex. However the simple lack of appropriate, affordable homes for people who need one is currently one of the key reasons people are being forced into the homelessness system.
Lutheran Care is committed to working with our partners in the Toward Home Alliance and our other sector partners to prevent and end homelessness.
We believe homelessness is solvable, but it will take a whole of community approach.
We need big business, small business, all sectors of government, non profits, landlords, the housing industry and everyday people to work together.
Terra Firma our repurposed Adelaide CBD backpackers’ hostel that provides people experiencing and at risk of homelessness a short term (12 week) accommodation option with accompanying support, is one example of the not-for-profit sector and corporate sector (Harcourts Packham) working together.
Our government funding is limited, so we rely on our supporters to help us continue to offer crisis relief services, which provide immediate material assistance to people experiencing homelessness and hardship, together with early intervention and wraparound services which help people access tools and strategies to be able to change and improve their and their families’ lives for the long term.
In the meantime, we will continue to look at new ideas and partnerships to help prevent and end homelessness, and advocate for more focus on early intervention, and more affordable housing.
Your donation will help us support vulnerable families and individuals in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
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