Affordable housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SAFE SLEEP CONCERNS Affordable housing and sleeping out in Canberra are two hot topics, in my experience, which receive a regular work out in barbeque conversations over the summer holidays. My own state of Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) has a significant increase in the number of rough sleepers. In the Canberra Central …

Absent Without Leave: did you notice me off-line?

ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON IS DEAD. IT MEANS THE PERSON IS MISSING FROM SOMEWHERE WITHOUT PERMISSION. How many people do you know go Absent without Leave (AWOL) in the workplace or at home? These people disappear off our radar and we do not usually notice them missing until the work or …

Sleepout in the winter’s cold tonight

SLEEPOUT THIS WINTER AND TRY TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS. These are two topics close to my heart as a fundraiser for the St Vincent de Paul’s CEO Sleepout activities to combat homelessness in Australia. Two weeks ago I was invited to speak to a church group about women and older people becoming homeless. The women in their …

Orange Sky Laundry answers a traveller’s prayer.

ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY: TO WASH OR NOT TO WASH – THAT IS THE QUESTION. Orange Sky Laundry has many uses for those charcoal grey clothes – from washing in a portable washing machine to line drying en plein air. In undertaking field research on homeless matters earlier this year for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, I saw several …

St John’s Care tackles homelessness

ST JOHN’S CARE ALLEVIATES RENT STRESS AND HUNGER IN THE KINDEST POSSIBLE WAY. It provides emergency relief to rent-stressed and homeless Canberrans. This is critical care as housing affordability in the Canberra-Queanbeyan regions is experiencing hardship. St John’s Care is a supporter of Anglicare Australia’s 8th Rental Affordability Snapshot. The report shows a serious shortage of …