Communities Sleep Out To Help Combat Local Homelessness

The generosity of just under 300 people across New South Wales has raised over $150,000 - and counting - to help address homelessness occurring in local communities.

For the second year running Vinnies Community Sleepouts provided locals with an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for homelessness with all money raised going back into their own communities.

294 participants took part in events held throughout August in Deniliquin (33), Maitland (29), Tweed Heads (37), Wagga Wagga (67) and Western Sydney (128).

Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groot was elated by the support shown which will allow local Vinnies services to provide assistance for people experiencing homelessness through accommodation, food, support programs and other relief.

“We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support shown by everyone who took part and donated throughout the state,” Mr de Groot said.

“Homelessness is a growing issues in regional areas due to increasing social and financial pressures.

“The funds raised will allow us to make a difference to people who have fallen on hard times.”

Figures from the most recent 2016 Census revealed that on any given night, in excess of 116,000 people nationwide have no permanent home. In NSW the number of people experiencing homelessness increased by 37% from 2011-2016 to a total of 37,715.

Vinnies Community Sleepouts follow on from the record success of Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which raised more than $7.9 million nationally in June.

Donations for Vinnies Community Sleepouts remain open until the end of September. To donate, visit www.communitysleepout.org.au