Discover facts behind homelessness

WHAT makes someone homeless, and what are the challenges they face?

If you want the answer, you're encouraged to go to an awareness barbecue at Coffs Harbour's Rotary Park (next to the public pool) on August 6 at noon.

Coffs Harbour Housing & Support Forum is organising the event to coincide with National Homeless Persons Week.

“We want to raise awareness in the local community about homelessness and the factors that make people vulnerable to becoming homeless,” spokeswoman Meena Johnson said.

“It is also aimed at educating the community about the challenges that homeless people face in re-establishing themselves within the community.”

Ms Johnson said an estimated 27,000 people were homeless across NSW.

“They sleep in parks, under bridges, with friends or strangers, in vulnerable situations,” she said.

“In NSW, only 15 per cent of homeless people are lucky enough to get a place in a crisis refuge.

“The homeless are women and children, the young and old, single men and women, indigenous Australians.”

Statistics for elderly people who are homeless and are at risk of homelessness is on the increase, according to recent research.

The Australian Housing Urban Research Institute has projected that by 2026, 419,000 people over 65 will be low income renters, and 51,000 will be aged over 85 years.

For more information, phone Ms Johnson on 6651 8336.



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