Homelessness happens. Extend funding for homelessness now Christian Porter MP.
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It's not only people who 'sleep rough' on the streets who are homeless.
The fact of the matter is that 95% of people experiencing homelessness are hidden from view. They live on couches or floors, motels, rooming houses, caravan parks. Even in cars.
Vicky fled family violence and slept with her kids on couches and in crisis accommodation for 4 ½ years. ''You wouldn't know it when you pass us in the street, but each of us has been homeless at some point in our lives. It didn’t need to happen.''
Jody, an ex-Australian Defence Force employee, lost her job after a workplace injury, and ended up sleeping in her van when she was forced from her rental after the property was sold.
Kevin slept in dangerous rooming houses for years and decided it was safer to sleep in a park after a violent attack in a rooming house in Fitzroy.
Courtney first became homeless at 14 when her parents were going through a divorce. Family breakdown stopped her from returning home and she now lives in temporary youth housing.
Joal couch surfed with friends and family while holding down café jobs in the city after leaving an overcrowded home in her teens.
Liam slept in CBD stairwells and walkways to stay close to vital emergency services that provided food and health services.
Every day we cross paths with people and have no idea what they are going through. Most homelessness is hidden, and happening to people you would never guess. We have no idea who they are, where they’re going, or whether they’re coping.
Now the major federal funding program for homelessness, the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness is about to expire. This is $115 million annually that funds 180 vital programs and services.
If this funding is not extended, the hidden plight of people like Joal, Kevin, Jody, Vicky, Courtney and Liam - and the 80,000 other people assisted by this funding will not only remain invisible, but unhelped.
Will you help stop lives being destroyed by homelessness by calling on Social Services Minister, Christian Porter to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness?
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