Dave talks with CEO Pattie Chugg at Shelter Tas, the peak body for housing and homelessness in Tasmania,who have events around the State as part of Homelessness Week 2017.
Homelessness Week is a national event held from August 7-13, which aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues they face
The last Census in 2011 reported 1,579 people experiencing homelessness in Tasmania, with 25% between 12 and 24 years old. Alarmingly, children under 12 make up nearly 15% of the homeless population.
“The vast majority of homelessness is hidden. It is often thought of as just people sleeping rough, but this makes up only 10% of the homeless population.
“Homelessness is far more common than people think and we need to take into account the other invisible 90% of people experiencing homelessness who are in insecure, temporary and unsafe places. This can mean people sleeping in their car, couch-surfing, staying in motels or other short-term accommodation.
Homelessness Week is an opportunity for the community to work together to raise awareness of homelessness, with a number of events being held around the State. Below is a selection of these events, and further information can be found in Shelter Tas’ special edition eNews.
The Tasmanian launch of Homelessness Week will be held in Hobart on Tuesday 8th August in Mathers Place from 11.00-1.00. Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Ron Christie will officially launch the Week. A range of activities and refreshments will be provided.
In Launceston, Magnolia Place Women’s Shelter will be holding a stall at Meadow Mews on Thursday 10th August, providing information and giveaways.
In Burnie on Thursday 10th August, Youth, family and Community Connections are holding a Recreation Expo for young people living on the North West coast. The event will run from 10.00 – 2.00pm and will feature recreational activities, food and drink .
“This year’s theme is around focussing on the innovative and creative approaches that Tasmanian homelessness services are taking to tackle this difficult problem.
Services that provide early intervention and prevention are critical in addressing homelessness.
We know that one of the best ways of prevent homelessness is to ensure that people have access to safe, secure and long term housing.
Everyone should have a place to call home.
Shelter Tas would like to acknowledge our members who work with vulnerable people every day, as well as all Tasmanians who have or who are currently experiencing homelessness.
for more http://www.sheltertas.org.au/