Homelessness Week 2021
What is Homelessness Week?
In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.
As across all of NSW, Homelessness in the Sutherland Shire is on the rise with many people sleeping rough or in insecure accommodation. Census figures show that on a state level the number of homeless people in NSW has grown from 23,041 to 37,715 between 2001 and 2016, while locally there were 266 people homeless in the Sutherland Council on census night.
The theme for Homelessness Week 2021 is Everybody needs a home.
Housing is more than just shelter. An adequate home is foundational to living a healthy life with safety, security, and a sense of wellbeing. This year’s Homelessness Week theme reflects the urgent need for social and affordable housing across the country, and aims to highlight the structural changes required to fix Australia’s housing system and end homelessness.
Homelessness factsheets A range of information on issues relating to homelessness and what is needed to address them. www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/homelessness-resources