There are currently 105,237 homeless people on any given night in Australia. In Queensland, there are 19,838 homeless people. Did you know that this translates to 1 in 200?
"Homelessness is not as uncommon as you think. Recent research has found that 1 in 8 Australians have experienced homelessness in their lifetime." CEO of Homelessness Australia, Glenda Stevens said. "People are more likely to experience homelessness than diabetes, asthma or arthritis."
The majority of those sleeping rough are males between the ages of 25 and 55.
42% of our homeless are under 25 and 27% are under 17 years old.
There are over 400 children under 12 who identify as homeless and approximately 1 in 37 children aged 0-4 years have spent time in a homeless service – most accompanied by a mother escaping domestic or family violence.
The Australian Government has provided approximately $250 million pa for homelessness initiatives, but the numbers are only growing, not decreasing.
20% of people who are homeless stay in supported accommodation like Sheltered by Grace, 17% stay in boarding houses, 17% stay with others and “couch surf” while 39% stay in “severely” overcrowded dwellings. There is a huge need for more homeless shelters like Sheltered by Grace.
Sheltered by Grace is a homeless shelter based in Logan, Brisbane. We are passionate about the transformation of lives, and do this through supported accommodation with 24-hour onsite support and a full case management program.
A safe and secure place of residence is the first and most critical step in beginning to end homelessness. It is only once a person feels safe and secure that they are able to transform their lives. Sheltered by Grace is focused on homeless outreach and is the central hub in the wheel – we have onsite Transformation Workers who will work with individual clients to come up with a plan to get their lives back on track. This plan will incorporate the areas that are outlined below.
The faces of the homeless are diverse in Australia. While the majority of homeless are men, there are also significant amounts of homeless woman, children and families on the streets or in transitional housing. There are also many different causes of homelessness and you may be surprised that you may know someone who is on the verge of being homeless. Homeless people are not necessarily homeless because of their own failures, but they may have been put out of their homes by family members or because they are fleeing a bad situation.
It is more difficult for people with families to get services or find shelter when they are homeless. Shelters for families are difficult to find and, when they are available, they quickly fill up. This forces many families to go from shelter to shelter or rent temporary housing in order to have a safe place to sleep at night. They may even resort to sleeping in their car, if they have one.
There are many ways you can help the homeless as well. You can donate goods or clothing to give to charities that see that the homeless have clean clothes to wear, and access to household items that are affordable and good quality. Our clients appreciate access to clothes and household items, but with the excess donations we receive, we sell in our Shelter Shop to support our homeless mission. If you would like to donate quality second hand goods or even volunteer to work in our op shop, then please don't hesitate to contact us.
Sheltered by Grace operates an Op Shop called The Shelter Shop. It is located at 8/53 York St, Beenleigh. We accept donations at either the shop or the Shelter, and if our clients cannot use donations received, then we sell items in the Shelter Shop to support our mission.
Barry was a client with SBG and has turned his life around and is now volunteering his time and giving back. See Barry’s Transformation Story Here…
Kevin and Tahi have both been able to change their lives and have found an apprenticeship and a job. Hear more about their success here…
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and needs accommodation or support, you can contact our office directly on (07) 3200 7145 to enquire about vacancies and organize a confidential intake conversation.
Please note that we are only able to accommodate single people at the moment and are unable to accommodate people with any violent history.
In addition, the Homeless Connect line will also be able to assist you in case of emergency. Call: 1800 474753