CALL TO ACTION: Help make homelessness a Federal Election priority
Right now in Australia, more than 105,000 men, women and children – including 44,000 young people – are without homes because of poverty, domestic violence or another crisis.
These people are desperate, frightened and sleeping wherever they can – often in places that are unsafe or unliveable. Sadly, many have a growing sense that there is no hope for them.
Nobody should be homeless in a country as prosperous as Australia, but increasingly, our services are stretched to the limit and there is a critical shortage of affordable housing for people in need.
The St Vincent de Paul Society has joined an alliance of homelessness providers – including Mission Australia, Anglicare, Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Salvation Army, UnitingCare Australia and Wesley Mission – to urge all the major political parties to commit to halving homelessness by 2025.
On behalf of every Australian without a safe place to call home, we are asking for a plan of action and sustainable funding so that together, we can help individuals and families to escape and avoid the trauma of homelessness and build a life of independence.
Please show your support by signing our petition. Behind every statistic are the stories of human beings just like you and me. Nobody should be cast aside in society. Please support our cause and help reduce homelessness in Australia.
Click here to view the petition website.
For further links and information about our recent advocacy around homelessness:
- View our joint media release calling for a political commitment to halve homelessness by 2025 [24 May 2016]
- View our joint letter to the major political parties leaders [24 May 2016]
- View our report The Ache for Home – a Plan to Address Chronic Homelessness and Housing Unaffordability in Australia [March 2016]