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World Homeless Day

By Homeless - 3 October 2010 9

While wandering around Canberra I’ve noticed there is still a lot of rough sleepers despite the so called services that are supposed to not turn people away. There are also a lot of people like me who sleep in vans and cars, and people who couch surf, live with relatives and make do in other ways.

So, time to let people know about World Homeless Day, on 10/10/2010.  The main aim of which is to get people aware of homelessness in their area. I mean, what have you done lately to help homeless peole? Practical soloutions like renting out that old granny flat you don’t use for a reasonable price. Or helping on the Vinnies night patrol. Giving away that near to expiery date food that you know you’ll throw out anyway. Even giving old blankets and clothing direct to homeless people instead of the charaties who sell those items to fund their services. (Yeah I appreciate it costs money to run those services, but often an old but good blanket can do far more beneifit in the hands of the homeless than in the hands of a charity).

I’m not asking people to give money, or to give hand outs, but to give hope, give a smile, give a bit of kindness and consideration.

You can read more about it at http://www.worldhomelessday.org/

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9 Responses to
World Homeless Day
farnarkler 11:37 am 04 Oct 10

davesact is right. I’ve recently started work at ACT housing and there are good services available for homeless and low income people. There are also substantial rebates available too.

kakosi 3:01 am 04 Oct 10

I’m not sure the Salvos deserve the trashing they are getting in this discussion thread.

Spectra 9:47 pm 03 Oct 10

I’m curious, you’re literate, can operate a computer – why are you homeless? Are you employed, and if not, why not?

It wasn’t very long ago that Homeless wrote a long, detailed post answering your exact questions.

moneypenny2612 6:06 pm 03 Oct 10

It’s really no surprise that even full-time employed Canberrans earning an average wage can end up homeless.

There was an interesting observation made by the ACT Tenants Union in its current newsletter about the unaffordability of rental accommodation (never mind home ownership) in the ACT.

After reporting that vacancy rates were continuing to decline in the ACT, the union noted that:

“If affordable housing means paying 30% of income then ACT tenants when paying average rent of $430/week [for a 3 bedroom house] should be on receiving income of $1,433 and the Canberra [average weekly full time wage] is $1,183. An affordable rent for a person on the average wage is $355. So, even people on the average wage are paying more than 30%.”

If you look at All Homes pretty much any day of the week, you’d be hard pressed to find a detached or semi-detached home offered at $355pw (relative to the size of the Canberra rental market). Even $430pw is increasingly hard to come by. (The median rent for a 2 BR unit in the ACT is currently higher than that for a 3BR house – so downsizing is not that cost-effective either).

I’ve just come back from a holiday in France and homelessness was very apparent in the large cities like Paris and Toulouse (people sleeping in parks, subways, shopfront entrances, under bridges and in culverts along highways).

I’m surprised that the signs of homelessness aren’t more obvious in Canberra given the limited availability of affordable housing.

TU News Spring 2010

amaroovian 2:16 pm 03 Oct 10

Nemo said :

I’m curious, you’re literate, can operate a computer – why are you homeless? Are you employed, and if not, why not?

You would be surprised how many literate, employed, clean cut people (many with families) are homeless. I worked in the homelessness sector for 7 years across two states and the homeless come in all types. And with an out of control, tight and ludicrously expensive rental market in Canberra – is it any wonder the homeless population of Canberra includes highly educated, computer literate EMPLOYED public servants who have fallen temporarily on hard times.

I think you will find that’s why the OP is suggesting somewhat different ways of giving than the traditional “buy a person a meal” or drop your old clothes off at the Salvos Store (which most likely will be sold and add to their bottom line rather than end up FREE in the hands of a homeless person in need of clean and decent clothing).

grumpyrhonda 1:21 pm 03 Oct 10

I have a ‘homeless’ person living with me. On a mattress in my lounge room. He is computer literate, very moral, he works full time but on a take home pay of $420 a week, he can’t afford to live anywhere. All places that want to rent a room are a minimum of $150 a week then you have to pay for utilities and food. The cost of living in Canberra is ridiculous.

davesact 1:13 pm 03 Oct 10

“There are also a lot of people like me who sleep in vans and cars”

Canberra has a system in place whereby you can apply for public housing and I believe be placed at the front of the queue if your situation is dire. Accommodation appears to be always available in places like Stuart Flats in Manuka etc. and I am sure though not optimum in living standards, would be a good place to launch from and must be preferable to living out of a car. A visit to ACT housing may help alleviate your problem.

Fiona 12:32 pm 03 Oct 10

10/10 is also World mental health day. Not too much of a co-incidence, I guess, given the difficulties many people with mental health issues can face with holding down work and then accomodation and so on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Mental_Health_Day

Nemo 10:18 am 03 Oct 10

“There are also a lot of people like me who sleep in vans and cars, and people who couch surf, live with relatives and make do in other ways.”

I’m curious, you’re literate, can operate a computer – why are you homeless? Are you employed, and if not, why not?

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