Homelessness should be rare, brief and non-recurring. This week is Homelessness Week and we are joining together to say it’s time to end homelessness.
Homelessness NSW released a report on Monday, called Rare, Brief and Non-Recurring: A System Wide Approach to Ending Homelessness Together. The report highlights the multiple issues and systems that create homelessness. This includes issues such as housing affordability, lack of supply, family and domestic violence, structural issues such as poverty, unemployment, racism, social inequality, justice, health and more.
Solving homelessness isn’t just about more housing, although that is definitely needed. It requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders including all levels of government, government agencies, experts with lived experience, NGO’s, the private sector and community members.
The personal cost of homelessness is devastating for individuals and families. Housing is a human right and all of us are responsible for ensuring everyone in our community has a safe place to call home.