On any given night, 24,000 Victorians and 116,000 Australians don’t have a place to call home. An additional 2 million renters are at risk of losing their homes, because renting prices and costs of living are going through the roof.
During Homelessness Week in the first week of August, advocacy organisations raise awareness for people without a home via national and local campaigns and community events – and call on the state and federal governments for urgent actions to end homelessness.
Join our free email series to learn how you can make a difference for people without a home and develop your personal toolbox of ally actions. Start your ally journey today!
What needs to happen to end homelessness?
More social housing
- The federal government needs to commit to build 25,000 new social housing properties per year across Australia.
Liveable income support
- JobSeeker payments need to be raised to at least $69 a day and Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%.
Support for housing-first programs
- We need more investments in programs like our Journey to Social Inclusion that have proven to end homelessness for people and save taxpayers’ money.
Learn more & get involved
Homelessness – learn the facts
Homelessness has many faces, but at its core, homelessness is about absence. An absence of a home, a safe place to live, security, choices and control over one’s life.
Find out how we advocate
At Sacred Heart Mission, we advocate for our clients every day, by connecting them with the right services and supporting people to achieve their personal goals. We also advocate for systemic change through petitions, events, contributions to Royal Commissions and more.
Become an ally
Is ending homelessness a cause close to your heart, but you are not sure what to do? Join our free email series to learn how you can make a difference, starting with some simple actions.
Check out films and books about homelessness
Sacred Heart Mission staff share their top recommendations of movies, documentaries, TV shows and novels that will give you deeper insights into what it means to live without a home.
The national campaign calls on the federal government to build more social housing, develop a National Housing Strategy and fix the broken housing system for renters, first homebuyers and people who just need a safe roof over their heads.
Housing AND support ends homelessness
We know there is a solution to the homelessness crisis: programs such as our Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) and the GreenLight initiative show rapid housing and intensive support are key for people to break the cycle of homelessness.
Our approach is different – and it’s effective because it gets people housed quickly and provides long-term, intensive support. This support improves all areas of people’s lives, including health and wellbeing, building skills, increasing connection with community and contributing to society through economic and social activity.
But our proven programs won’t work, if we can’t get people housed because there is not enough affordable, safe and stable housing in Australia.
5 things you can do during Homelessness Week and beyond
Act today and make a difference for our most vulnerable!
- Educate yourself about homelessness
- Join our email series and learn how to be an ally
- Read books and watch films about homelessness
- Sign up for the Everybody’s Home campaign
- Share what you learn with your friends and family