Homelessness Week: short film kicks off week to remember those less fortunate

Shelter WA has released a short film to raise awareness of homelessness in WA, in conjunction with the start of Homelessness Week 2016.

The film was produced by Fremantle filmmaker Tashi Hall.

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The film shows that homelessness comes in many forms and challenges the common perception that people experiencing homelessness are older men with drinking problems living on inner-city streets.

“The largest proportion of people experiencing homelessness are ‘hidden homeless’ which include people sleeping on friends’ couches, in vehicles and even in other people’s garages,” Shelter WA’s Executive Officer Chantal Roberts said.

“Domestic and family violence is one the main pathways to homelessness, alongside other factors including mentalillness, substance abuse, poverty and lack of affordable housing.”