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Homelessness Week 1-7 August 2021

May 20, 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.

How do I get involved?

Join us for the launch of Homelessness Week 2021 on Monday 2 August 11-12.15pm

Launched by Minister Sukkar, Minister for Housing and Homelessness and hosted by the ABC’s Patricia Karvelas, Dr Angela Jackson, Lead Economist, Equity Economics will talk about her report commissioned by the Everybody’s Home campaign: Nowhere to go: the benefits of providing long term social housing to women who have experienced domestic and family violence. Angela will outline the impact of lack of access to social housing on women fleeing violence, and the economic benefits to women and the community of providing safe affordable homes, so women can rebuild their lives

This will be followed by a panel discussion including including Jason Clare, Shadow Housing and Homelessness Minister, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens spokesperson on housing and homelessness and Angela Jackson.


Hold a Homelessness Week event!

If you’re planning a community event to provide information on housing as a solution, let us know! We will feature your event on this page for people to browse through and join.


Shelter WA Events

Tue., 3 August 2021 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am AWST.

Official Launch: Housing Solutions to End Homelessness.

Shelter WA in partnership with the WA Alliance to End Homelessness, are proud to announce that Homelessness Week 2021 will be officially opened by Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services.

Link here.

Tue., 3 August 2021 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AWST.

Ending Homelessness Report Launch.

The first End Homelessness Report was released back in 2019. Much has happened since then and the latest 2021 report brings together both existing and recent data and connect that to what we know in terms of the thinking, responses and initiatives in Western Australia that are currently emerging.

Link here.

Tue., 3 August 2021 |12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AWST.

Wicked Problems and Messy Data.

Shelter WA and the WA Alliance to End Homelessness are pleased to welcome Shannen Vallesi Research Associate from the School of Population and Global Health UWA. Shannen will draw on insights from their current suite of homelessness and health research (including the evaluations of Perth’s Housing First project; Advance to Zero and the By-Name Tool).

Link here.

Wed., 4 August 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm AWST.

Older Women & Housing Solutions for Ageing Well.

Shelter WA & WA Alliance to End Homelessness invite you to a series of talks about permanent, safe & secure housing options for older women. Australian women aged 55yrs + that are experiencing homelessness has increased by 28%. and they’re the fastest growing group of people at risk.

Link here.

Unison Housing Victoria Event

Unison, with RMIT, is about to launch our latest research report titled “Sustaining Social Housing”. For the occasion, we are organising an event to coincide with Homelessness Week.

All the details are available here.

Katherine Salvo’s Big Night Out

Tuesday 3 August link here.

Townsville Homelessness Week


Static Display at
Willows Shopping Centre
13 Hervey Range Road

3rd August – 6th August

Static display to represent all the many places that we have people who are homeless sleeping – not just rough sleepers. Displays will reflect people with lived experience sharing stories on how they became homeless and how the community can help. Staff from organisations will be available  10am – 2pm to have conversations with people.

Key contact – The Women’s Centre – Sallie Kearnan 07 4775 7555


Donation Campaign for the month of August

Local radio station campaign to raise funds via gift cards for the community to use to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within Townsville. Interviews to be completed with people with lived experience and service providers. Stay tuned for the whole month to learn more.

Southern Cross Austero – mmm radio

1 August – 31 August     Gift it or Go Home campaign

GiveNow – Gift It or Go Home

Key contact – Sharehouse Youth Programs – Manager 07 4771 5346

Anglicare Central Queensland Emergency Housing & Support

Thursday 5th August 2021 link here

Clemente Canberra

The event click here

Community Information and Support Victoria

CISVic is a peak body representing local community information and support agencies that deliver Emergency Relief, information, referral and support.

They are running a three-month housing campaign where we’re asking our members to host origami-house building activities. Our aim is to influence the Victorian Government’s Ten-Year Strategy for Social and Affordable Housing. They are asking the state government to commit to increasing social and public housing stock by 7,000 houses or units per year in Victoria for the next 10 years.

The are building origami houses and writing messages about what housing means to us on the houses. Click here.

Get on social media.

Use the hashtag #HomelessnessWeek21 and promote your events and what you think Australia needs to prevent homelessness and increase housing. We will give you a shout out on our Twitter and Facebook page!

Use our resources pack.

Plan community activities and local advocacy using our resources pack .  The pack includes social media tiles, posters and templates for events and advocacy.

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