How you can support during #HW2020

3 August 2020 Magazine

How you can support during #HW2020

Homelessness Week is an annual event which raises awareness for more than 116,000 Australians who experience homelessness every night. This year, Homelessness Week is held from 2-8 August, with the theme ‘Everybody Needs a Home’.

Homelessness is one of the biggest social issues here in Australia. It takes on many forms including temporary accommodation, couch surfing and sleeping rough, and is often connected to circumstances such as insecure housing, family breakdown, domestic violence, addiction and physical and mental health issues.

At The Big Issue we provide no-barrier opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage to earn a meaningful income and connect with their community. This Homelessness Week, here are some ways you can support those doing it tough.

Purchase The Big Issue magazine: Vendors are back out on the streets selling safely with hand sanitiser, social distancing signage and the option for digital payments. Vendor Jason from Adelaide is loving being back on the streets. “It’s been very good, the traffic has been a lot busier and I’ve got new customers. Our COVID-19 training has helped a lot, and about 90% of my sales are now through digital payments.”

Vendor Andrew from Newcastle feels the same. “I’m back filling my life with conversations with people. There’s been a lot of people saying we’ve missed you, we drove past and you weren’t there, but you’re back and that’s great!”

For those not close to a vendor (or those in Victoria!) be sure to check for the mag at your local Woolworths or subscribe to have a magazine delivered straight to your door.

Get involved with Homes for Homes: Created by The Big Issue, Homes for Homes provides a way for the entire community to help solve the issue of homelessness by raising funds for social and affordable housing through donations from property sales. Homeowners register with Homes for Homes, agreeing to donate 0.1 per cent of their property’s sale price to the initiative at the time of sale (for example, a $500,000 sale results in a $500 donation). Under the Homes for Homes model, money raised in each state or territory will granted to social and affordable housing projects in that state or territory. 

Registering is a simple and effective way to make a commitment to solving homelessness. Visit homesforhomes.org.au for more information or to register.

Make sure to keep up with any Homelessness Week news by following the hashtag #HW2020 online, and keep an eye out for our new edition out 7 August!

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