Who are the ‘faceless’ people that you know?
What could you do to give them a ‘face’?
Who are the strangers that could become friends?
The Age reported the following to this years Street count:
Click here to see previous street counts.
It’s important to view these reports and stats with some perspective. Firstly the street count is done every year in winter – meaning that numbers may be smaller due to the cold. Also we know that only 16% of homeless people sleep rough (the rest are staying at friends/relatives or some form of temporary accommodation). This means that the street count reflects the most visible and obvious of the homeless amongst us. This is also reflected by the fact that 87 of those found sleeping rough were men. Other statistics tell us that the homeless population is very close to 50-50 male-female. So why then were mostly men found on the streets? Perhaps it is because women/children/teenagers are seen as more vulnerable and ‘worthy’ of receiving the limited crisis and temporary accommodation available. Perhaps what the street count really shows us is the forgotten of the forgotten people amongst our city.
On Wednesday June 6th The City of Melbourne will be undertaking the fifth annual count of people sleeping rough in Melbourne.
Working together with key homelessness support agencies and with an army of volunteers StreetCount aims to collect accurate information about people experiencing homelessness around Melbourne.
It is important that this information is gathered as it will be used to plan and develop long term solutions to homelessness in Melbourne. The volunteers are trained to gather information in the most respectful way possible and the information gathered is treated with sensitivity.
CLICK HERE if you would like to know more about StreetCount 2012
Can you help?
A big part of Credo (the space where we provide a free lunch) are the bowls that we eat off. We have a long tradition of inviting the Credo community to hand decorate the bowls that we eat off, thus creating a sense of ownership. Sadly though these bowls often break.
We are calling on YOU and your school to either make us some new bowls in your art class that we can then decorate, or to help fundraise the provision of these.
Can you help? If so email us – Blythe Toll.
On the 24th of April we went to the launch of headspace’s new campaign.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people who are going through a tough time.
Approximately 14% of 12-17 year olds and 27% of 18-25 experience mental health or alcohol and substance use problems each year. Around 30% of homeless people are affected by mental health. Mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians.
At the launch we heard from an amazing young women about her struggle with mental health and homelessness. She said that headspace gave her the ability to reach out and ask for help and provided her with the help she needed to navigate the murky waters.
For us at Urban Seed we have found that this: the ability to connect and have those who can help you is the way to make home. This leaves us with a pretty simple challenge, can we help create home for those around us by connecting and offering help when needed?
If you or someone you know is experiencing some mental health issues, go to headpsace.org.au
Check out this great video, ‘Couch for Rent’, made by made by young people in Ballarat through Lead On Ballarat’s Get Reel film program. It explores many of the complex issues of youth homelessness.
Today is Youth Homelessness Matter Day. 45,000 out of 100,000 + homeless people in Australia are youth.
We spent the day talking to 100 students from all around Victoria about homeless in Melbourne.
We used these magnetic cut outs to reflect on what we may need and feel if we were homeless. In the end we discovered that basically we all need the same things.