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Fighting homelessness in Australia


by Erin Haywood
June 8, 2017

“I am 34 years of age and I have been homeless many times over the past 15 years.”

This is how Bec’s story* begins.

As many other young Australian women were building their careers, starting families, or travelling the world, Bec focussed on securing that which most of us consider a basic human right: access to a place she could live safely, comfortably, affordably. A home.

There was a van park, a share house with an aggressive flatmate, and nights spent rough in her ute tray, on strangers’ couches.

Exposed to violence and abuse, and without access to proper care for her complex needs, let alone basic necessities, she’d become well used to feeling “cold, dirty and very vulnerable and unsafe1”.

Sadly, one in 200 people in Australia suffer like Bec on any given night, amounting to a total number of 105,237 people across our nation currently experiencing homelessness.

According to the St Vincent de Paul Society, of these numbers, about 21,000 people experience repeated and long periods of homelessness, which is costing state and federal governments an estimated $42 billion1.

Is there a solution?

In Australia, programs designed to reduce homelessness (including chronic homelessness) do exist, one such is the St Vincent de Paul Society’s CEO Sleepout fundraising event.

The CEO Sleepout encourages business and community leaders across Australia to use their influence and connections to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness, as well as much-needed funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Last year, about 1,500 CEOs and executives raised more than $6 million dollars nationwide, which went to funding new projects and existing homeless services, and allowing for program expansions.

This year, simPRO CCO Vanessa Winter will spend a night out in the cold at the Sleepout to help do her part for the community.

She has set an initial goal of raising AUD$5,000 dollars, but aims to “smash that figure out of the park”.

“I know what we can do as a team here at simPRO and as part of a wider community in the trade contractor industry; I know that we can get behind this cause together and help alleviate this devastating issue, ” Vanessa said.

Vanessa Winter

Vanessa needs your support to smash her goal and help put an end to homelessness in Australia.

She’s currently at just over AUD$2,000, so let’s help her get there! Every donation counts and is much appreciated.

 

simPRO Software would like to thank the team at Bee Safe Total Electrical for your generous donation.


 

1https://www.vinnies.org.au/icms_docs/182918_The_Record_Autumn_2014.PDF

*Read Bec's story.
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