The first week of August is homelessness week.
Having a safe and secure home is key to maintaining our wellbeing. A home means we can seek out education, have a base to find a new job employment opportunities and access to take part in our communities in a more meaningful way.
A secure home is especially essential for people with lived experience, allowing better access to treatment and an opportunity to focus on their recovery journey
Unfortunately, in Australia, there are 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Research shows that there is a strong link between those with a lived experience and homelessness.
Homelessness or the fear of homelessness can result a range of emotions and challenges which in turn can trigger poor mental health. People who experience homelessness are less likely to gain access to employment and generally have poorer health outcomes.
A 2018 study found 31% of people experiencing homelessness also an experience of a mental health issue. About half of these people found that the experience of not having secure housing was an environmental factor in the onset of poor mental health.
Homelessness Week aims to give a voice those who have previously or are currently experiencing homelessness. It raises awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia through a range of events targeting politicians, policy makers, and the public.
There will be a range of calls to action and events providing information about the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.
Flourish Australia is committed to supporting people with a lived experience to access safe and secure housing. Last year in regional New South Wales, the NERSHH housing program supported 276 people in gaining sustainable accommodation, and for over a decade, our Women and Children’s program has been providing accommodation for at-risk women and their children.
You can access more information about these services, by calling us on 1300 779 270.
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