Open churches at night for the homeless

Open churches at night for the homeless

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Lloyd Copper started this petition to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and

On the 10th of March 2019, The Brisbane Times reported that the reason the Brisbane City Council played loud opera music from dusk until dawn was to deter anti-social behaviour. It also reported that over a dozen people could be seen there sleeping rough at any time. 

Anyone who has walked through the CBD or Fortitude Valley at any given time knows the extent of the homelessness problem and while there are some amazing charities and organisations such as 3rd Space, The Salvation Army, Wesley Mission and the VAKS service (vans and kitchens), sleeping at night still remains a problem. 

This only covers two parts of Brisbane. The 2016 ABS census counted at least 16,000 people living in the central area but understandably many of the homeless population would not be able to be counted. 

There are hundreds of churches in Brisbane, all of which close their doors at night when they could be keeping them open for the homeless to sleep in. It would of course require volunteers or paid positions for people to allow a vetting process to ensure the safety of both the staff, other rough sleepers and the general public, and to make sure that no damage was done to the church but it could be done. 

We call on Lord Mayor Graham Quirk who recently commented on the issue:"

"This city has many people in many situations in terms of homelessness, and in a broader sense we are absolutely trying to deal with that issue," he said.

"It is an important issue."

This petition respectfully asks Mr Quirk and the Brisbane City Council to put pressure on the churches to implement a program for rough sleepers to have somewhere safe to rest to avoid danger on the streets and from the elements.

Picture courtesy of The ABC

 

 

 

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