Homelessness Week 2017: action and innovation needed to end cycle

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HOMELESSNESS Week is changing tack in 2017 in a bid to end the cycle of homelessness once and for all.

Rather than managing homelessness through clothing donations and food drives, Shelter WA is collecting cash donations to help provide essential household items for those recently out of homelessness.

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Shelter WA is doing this through a partnership with the 50 Lives, 50 Homes project, led by RUAH Community Services.

50 Lives, 50 Homes provides stable housing for the most vulonerable street present people.

Homelessness Week, which runs from August 7 to 13, will see key agencies from across WA come together at a number of events across the State.

Foundation Housing, RUAH, St Bartholomew’s House, Centre for Social Impact, Uniting Care West and St Vincent de Paul are just some of the organisations working on a 10-year plan to end homelessness. This will be launched in early 2018.

There are three key messages for Homelessness Week this year – that any one of us could fall into homelessness, that homelessness cannot be an accepted part of society, and that if we work together, we can end homelessness in WA.

How you can help
  1. Be part of the discussion and raise awareness of homelessness using the hashtag #endhomelessnessWA on social media.
  2. Start conversations with those around you to help shift the perception around homelessness.
  3. Donate to the ’50 lives 50 homes’ project by clicking here and see your money go to household items including cleaning products, laundry, linen and kitchen essentials for people experiencing homelessness.
  4. Pledge your early support to the campaign to build more homes for the homeless and end the cycle by 2028 by signing up here.
  5. Become an ethical landlord or landlady through building lower cost rentals, or making current rentals more affordable to lower income households..