Winter Blanket Appeal

While some of the winter nights we’ve had recently set new records for winter lows, spare a thought for the one in every 200 people in Australia who sleep rough on the streets. For some it’s one-off but sadly for others it’s a way of life as, currently, there are over 105,000 people homeless in Australia, 56 per cent of whom are male and 44 per cent female. Sobering statistics.

The housing affordability crisis

The Bureau of Statistics has disclosed that homelessness has risen by eight per cent over the past five years, despite the Federal Government goal to halve this figure by 2020. Over the last year one in every 98 Australians has requested help from welfare agencies because they are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and welfare groups are struggling to keep up with the demand.