Homelessness Week 2021

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This year the first week of August was Homelessness Week, an opportunity to bring the issue of homelessness to the attention of local, state and national governments. There are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in Australia, and our catchment of Western Sydney is one of the most impacted in NSW.  

Our CLCP and WESTS teams came together for a morning tea to discuss homelessness in our catchment and share stories and case studies of the work our programs are doing. This was a great opportunity to strength the referral pathway between our programs, and ensure that clients facing housing instability receive wraparound, holistic support.  

Our legal team spoke about the link between everyday legal issues and homelessness. Legal issues are rarely experienced in isolation, and legal issues involving employment, fines, debts, family violence, and crime can easily escalate and impact all areas of life, including housing. This is why it is more important than ever that we strive to create strong, lasting referral pathways and provide clients with holistic, wraparound support.  

Our WESTS team spoke about the importance of tenant advocacy in preventing homelessness and shared case studies of clients WESTS have helped keep they home. As the population of Western Sydney continues to grow, social support for housing is crucial to ensuring everybody has a home. 

At WSCLC, we strongly believe that #EverybodyNeedsAHome and are proud to support this year’s #HomelessnessWeek21 

Click here to learn more about homelessness week 2021 

What can you do to help?  

Homelessness is a year-round problem in Australia. If you are looking to support those experiencing homelessness, you can:  

  • Write a letter to your representatives at local, state and national government levels  
  • Subscribe at Everybody’s Home for updates about their campaigns  
  • Share resources and campaigns to your friends and family on social media  
  • Donate your time or money to not-for-profits organisations working to reduce homelessness
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