Community Housing Ltd is marking 2018 National Homelessness Week (August 6-12) by releasing a series of short films of people who have experienced homelessness, each telling their personal story.
The videos aim to put a spotlight on the issue of homelessness and challenge some of the stereotypes that exist in the community.
The raw and touching accounts, illustrate the very real challenges and fears experienced by everyday Australians facing homelessness.
“Homelessness and housing unaffordability has reached crisis point in Australia,” Community Housing Limited Managing Director Steve Bevington said.
“Right now, there are more than 116,000 people homeless across the country, and almost 190,000 Australians on social housing waiting lists, so it’s clear that we have a major housing problem.
“This requires a national approach that utilises the capabilities of all the stakeholders including government, not for profit and private sector to deliver a solution.”
CHL is a national not-for-profit provider of social, community and affordable housing to people in need and at risk of homelessness.
According to industry research, the primary causes of homelessness are family violence, poverty and unaffordable rents.
“On any given night in Australia, one in 200 people are homeless, that’s an alarming statistic,” Steve Bevington said.
The CHL Homelessness Spotlight Series can be accessed and viewed via the CHL You Tube channel and have also been shared on the official Facebook page.