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.
We need the community’s help to build these additional buildings to provide homeless solutions to the Logan Community.
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.
Sheltered by Grace is an organization that is dedicated to transformation in the lives of individuals, and we believe that a safe and secure roof over a person’s head is the first and most critical step in beginning to end homelessness.
There are many ways you can help the homeless as well. You can donate food or clothing to give to charities that see that the homeless have food to eat and clean clothes to wear, you can donate money to organizations dedicated to help the homeless and/or you can donate your time to homeless shelters. There are many ways you can help people in shelters. You can volunteer to cook meals, babysit children so their parents can go on job interviews or you can seek out organizations and ask how you can help out.
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