Homeless Shelters and Transportation to and from Deployable Mobile Health Centers
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Homelessness in Australia has been an increasingly devastating issue for many people. Whether it be related to the inability of finding a consistently paying or funded occupation or simply lack of job opportunities, the homeless continue to suffer more than any other citizen. No matter how many donations and money is given to the homeless, there has been no progress in securing their food security or providing them with shelters. By contrast, government policies have forced homeless people out of areas which might offer them some form of compensation for the rough lives they live. Police have been witnessed engaging in rough encounters simply to clear Flinders Street of the homeless. Instead of working towards the issue, the government continues to make poorly constructed excuses to negate their actions or lack thereof. In February 2017, a group of about 20 homeless people were asked to leave Flinders street to allow for infrastructural development in the area. Acting Commander of Victoria Police Stuart Bateson stated "we would much rather be doing other things, but unfortunately this was what was required of us". The encounter soon turned rather violent and rough.
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says:
"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Everyone has a right to a safe shelter or home, according to the UN themselves.
- The rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years, according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
- Shockingly, more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness in Australia in May 2018, which also means out of every 100,000 people in Australia, more than 50 are homeless.
- People aged between 65 and 74 years experiencing homelessness increased from 25 persons per 10,000 people in 2011 up to 27 persons per 10,000 people in early 2018.
- Recent migrants (migrated 2011 or later) accounted for 15 per cent of the homeless. Almost 75% of this group were living in crowded dwellings and the majority came from countries in Southern and Central Asia, South-East Asia and North-East Asia, including India, China and Afghanistan.
This petition is in favor of setting up transportation to and from deployable mobile hospitals and to set up adequate homeless shelters funded by the government.
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