Read today's Sydney Morning Herald for an article about homelessness. There's also a video that shows you what it's like to have a night on the town with Missionbeat. Good work guys! Remember, by donating to the Mission Australia Winter Sleepout you can help us, help the homeless.
“About 84,000 #singleparents, mostly #women, were moved onto the #Newstart allowance and now many struggle to pay their bills … Seven months after being moved from single parents’ payments to the Newstart allowance, mothers have sold their furniture, re-mortgaged their homes, put their education on hold, and stopped having coffee with their friends as they learn to manage on about $500 a fortnight.”
The Sydney Confidential team slept out on Saturday night for the Mission Australia - Winter Sleepout. They acknowledged: "The figures are huge and scary. We are lucky that we can go back to our normal lives and do what we do but for those that can't, life can be full on." #wintersleepout
Check out today's The Australian paper for a story about Kevin Rudd and Labor's continued commitment to halving homelessness by 2020 and a story on Mission Australia client John Keegans.
We had a photoshoot with MX yesterday! Keep an eye out for us!
The Winter Sleepout is all the buzz in NSW but in WA there are deep concerns for the current approach for youth justice. Melissa Perry, State Director WA has an opinion piece today in the Perth Western Australian. You can read it on our website by following the link: https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/news/item/418-the-hard-line-is-not-working-for-the-youth-justice-system
Recent public and political debate has highlighted the issue of housing affordability and the barriers that exist for even working Australians to achieve the ''great Australian dream'' of home ownership. Spare a thought, then, for the more than 105,000 people experiencing homelessness in this country. For them, the dream of accessing even basic shelter seems out of reach let alone the thought of owning their own home.
Cairns mother of four Shianne Temple had hit rock bottom. Struggling with grief after the death of a loved one, she was drinking to numb the pain. After a period of couch surfing with her children, she began sleeping rough. She felt she had... lost everything before she came to Mission Australia for help. "My life changed when I met the people in Mission Australia. They helped me with getting a place and getting my life back together."
"The next new government is called on to commence negotiations with the states and territories to fund a 10-year plan to expand affordable housing. ACOSS says there is a growing gap between community expectations about the services that governments will provide and the money available."
"The Step into Skills program will help about 9,000 job seekers before they undertake vocational training." http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-11/rudd-unveil27s-2435-million-plan-for-young-job-seekers/4878892