August: Sleeping Bags Collection for the homeless

Thursday, August 3, 2017 1:20 pm

This week, LiveOutLoud‘s Tyson and Taylor kicked off their first August show with their Sleeping Bags Collection initiative. 

The gents are using their Wednesday night youth show until the end of the month to ask for listeners to drop off sleeping bags at the 98five Studio so they can be passed onto The Salvation Army for distribution to WA’s homeless population.

If you have a NEW or NEAR-NEW sleeping bag you would like to donate, you can bring it to:

98five Sonshine FM
Studio foyer, between 9am and 5pm weekdays
South end of Murray Street (past McNabb Loop)
Como

For all of 98five’s contact information, head to our Contact Us page.


You can tune into LiveOutLoud Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, via our online player or download the 98five iOS/Android app.


Homelessness Week — ‘Let’s end homelessness, not just manage it!’ runs between August 7-13 and is a community awareness week as we all strive towards ending homelessness.

Any one of us could fall into homelessness

  • It only takes a couple of unexpected life events for someone to fall into homelessness.
  • Homelessness is often hidden. Only 6% of those experiencing homelessness are sleeping rough. Many more are living in severely overcrowded dwellings or moving from one temporary solution to another, for example on a friend’s floor or couch.
  • There is no one reason people access homelessness services. They do so for many reasons, including (AIHW, 2016):
    • 43% due to domestic and family violence;
    • 42% due to financial reasons, including housing affordability stress;
    • 35% due to accommodation needs;
    • 19% due to health reasons, including mental health; and
    • 15% due to a lack of family and/or community support.
  • The number of people accessing specialist homelessness support for financial reasons has increased from 11.2% in 2006-7 to 20.1% in 2015-16 (AHIW, 2016).

Homelessness cannot be an accepted part of society

  • Housing is a basic human right;
  • Everyone deserves the dignity of having a place to call their own;
  • Ending homelessness makes economic sense – it’s more cost effective to house someone and support them than it is to manage homelessness;
  • The cost of homelessness is significant, placing pressure on health, justice and welfare systems. Research has shown that providing housing and support is $3,685/year more economical than not providing services (Zaretzky & Flatau, 2013);
  • Research suggests that the estimated costs of providing support to rough sleepers was on average $28,700/year (City of Sydney et al, 2013).

Working together, we can end homelessness in WA

  • This can only be achieved by coordinated, collaborative and planned action by the whole community that utilises our extensive networks to leverage change;
  • A 10 year action plan for WA in currently being developed by the ‘End Homelessness’ Alliance, in partnership with key stakeholders and the community.
    • a. Key agencies involved include Foundation Housing, RUAH, St Bartholomew’s House, Centre for Social Impact; UnitingCare West; St Vincent de Paul;
  • Ending homelessness can only occur when the whole community takes responsibility for and acts to resolve homelessness;
  • Other cities throughout Canada and the U.S have been successful in working towards eliminating homelessness through a 10 year plan – and we can do the same

9,600 people experiencing homelessness every night in Western Australia, and another 7,000 in insecure housing are one step away from homelessness (ABS, 2012).

There were 456 people sleeping rough across Perth and Fremantle in February 2016 (Ruah Community Service, 2016). Rough sleepers can be found in parks, on the streets, in bushes, cars, squatting or in tents. These people find life increasingly difficult during the winter months.

Around 15,000 women and 9,000 men sought assistance from homelessness services last year in Western Australia (AIHW, 2016).

Around 7,000 children under the age of 18 accessed homelessness services in WA last year.

Aboriginal Australians are over-represented in the homelessness community. Aboriginal people are 17 times more likely than non-Aboriginal people to experience homelessness in WA (ABS, 2012).

67 households are turned away from homelessness services each day. Services are often full or cannot meet the needs of those presenting. 63.5% of people presenting at homelessness services with a long-term housing need are turned away, due to a lack of accommodation.

Visit Shelter WA for more information and resources.

#endhomelessnessWA