Homelessness Week 2020
Updated: Jan 17
Homelessness is a serious problem the world is facing right now. In Australia, major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are suffering from the rise of rough sleepers. While having a safe shelter is a basic human right, not everyone can afford to have that. Most of the time we get too consumed by what’s happening in our own lives that we lose sight of what’s going on around us.
As we have previously mentioned, from 2014-2016, the number of rough sleepers has jumped to 70% - each one of them has a story to tell.
Council to Homeless Persons or the CHP has recently announced that the annual Homelessness Week will happen from August 5 to August 11, 2020. According to CTHP, the annual homelessness week is to “shine a light on homelessness, to learn from the voices of people with lived experience of homelessness and collectively reflect on what we need to do to change perceptions and stigmas to end homelessness.”
The council has also provided a communique wherein an overview and outcome of Homelessness Week 2019 can be found. This will give everyone an idea of what this annual event is about and how important it is to the cultural conversation.
Homelessness comes in different forms. We are all mostly aware of the “rough sleeping”, but there’s also what you call cough surfing, sleeping inside the car, and short staying from one place to another. While yes, the primary need for homeless people is to find shelter, the goal is to secure a safe and permanent place for them. Safety is not about physical safety. Safety comes in different aspects such as mental and emotional safety, civil, and financial.
Recent reports have revealed that people have suffered from heatstroke and heat exhaustion. A conducive environment is necessary to avoid acquiring diseases that could potentially harm a community.
Mental health has been such a huge issue on a worldwide scale. Homelessness and mental health are strongly associated. According to studies, those who do not have a permanent home are more likely to experience mental and emotional illnesses.
The lack of physical address makes so many things difficult for a person, including finding a job that would mean difficulty in getting a regular income. It could also become a problem for children without a permanent address because it is required in public schools.
Without employment, it’s impossible to earn income to afford all necessities. Centrelink benefits may also become more difficult because of requirements, which include a fixed address.
No one in his/her right mind would choose to become homeless. As a community, it’s our duty to be informed in order to extend help to the needy.