Can Good Graphic Design Help The Homeless? "Good design can’t in itself help the lives of the homeless, but it can help give the homeless back their voice and humanity. If it can do that, design doesn’t need to solve the homeless problem. We can do it ourselves."
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
Far from a new start, losing sole parent payment shuts down mothers
“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.”
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.
"…we have the potential to create better social results, while providing cost savings for the NSW government and delivering for investors ... A bigger proportion of Australia's large #charities and other not-for-profit organisations already deliver public services and receive nearly 60% of their income from the government, compared to 37% in the UK."
“The latest data from the Bureau of Statistics shows a disturbing rise in #youth #unemployment and substance #abuse as well as a disappointing rise in family #violence.” These are also some of the reasons why young people become #homeless. Join us on wintersleepout.com.au. It’s never too late to lend a helping hand by fundraising with a #wintersleepout !
Demand for houses is up, but prices haven't rocketed yet
“Sydney remains the most expensive market with average house prices around $680,000 and Melbourne is second with just over $600,000. Perth’s recent rise now has it battling with Canberra for the third most expensive capital city to buy houses with prices just below the $600,000 mark.”
"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
"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."
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."