Homelessness Week shines light on issue

Working towards zero homelessness: Shelter WA vice chair Neil Hamilton. Photo: supplied.
Working towards zero homelessness: Shelter WA vice chair Neil Hamilton. Photo: supplied.

Celebrated from August 6 to 12, Homelessness Week helps to raise awareness of the issues and its impacts.

A report released by Mission Australia last week revealed that one in six young people across the country had experienced homelessness in some form. 

Shelter WA vice chair and former Accordwest chief executive Neil Hamilton said leaders and service providers needed to work towards zero homelessness. 

“Homelessness is not just the people we see on the streets, it takes many forms,” he said. 

“We know there are a significant number of people within the South West region who are homeless.

“We need to move beyond managing homelessness to getting rid of homelessness and that’s where I think the debate needs to be heading.”

Bunbury Street Chaplains director Tim Wheeldon is calling for human compassion during this week and always, as a way to work with those who find themselves out in the cold. 

“It’s a skill to see who is under the weather and who is in the weather,” he said.

Mr Wheeldon has also been running a weekly Sunday breakfast at The Vineyard Christian Church for the past four years, born out of a need he could see within the community. 

“My concern is it’s going to get worse not better – there are people in need right now,” he said.

This story Raising awareness for homelessness first appeared on Bunbury Mail.