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Australian bishops say homeless tragedy demands action in national statement

  THE Australian Catholic bishops have registered their deep concern over the alarming growth in the problem of homelessness and insecure housing in Australia. In their Social Justice Statement 2018-19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, the bishops call on Australians to look beyond the immediate challenges of the average household budget, to ... Read More »

Rosies searching for Brisbane northside site to expand outreach to homeless

Rosies general manager Andrew O'Brien

HOMELESS men, women and children living rough on Brisbane’s north could soon be making friends with a new team of volunteers for Catholic charity, Rosies. The charity is hoping to open its first branch on the north side by the end of the year. The decision is in response to data from the 2016 Census showing an increase in homelessness ... Read More »

St Eugene students refuse to ignore increasing numbers of homeless

St Eugene's College, Burpengary, students sleep out for homeless

IT might be hard to imagine in a wealthy nation like Australia but the number of homeless has reached 116,427. It has increased 14 per cent since 2011. But students at St Eugene College, Burpengary, refused to let the problem go unanswered. St Eugene College hosted its annual Vinnies Sleepout with more than 60 students from Years 7-12 participating in ... Read More »

Brisbane’s homeless capture extraordinary moments of life on the streets

Raptor with his winning photograph

BRISBANE man Raptor won’t be wondering where his next few meals will come from after winning a unique photography competition showcasing the life of homeless and vulnerable men and women. Raptor, who has been living on-and-off homeless most of his life, was the winner of the first Life on the Streets Photography Exhibition, run by Catholic grassroots group Blind Eye ... Read More »

11-year-old Catholic school student behind charity for the homeless

Ashton Brown

ASHTON Brown is below the legal age for voting, driving and working, but being 11 hasn’t stopped him from starting his own charity to help the homeless. The Year 6 student from St Francis Xavier Primary School, Goodna, is the founder of Homeless Helpers, a soon-to-be registered charity that was born from watching YouTube videos of people sleeping rough. “Every ... Read More »

Bosses tackle homelessness lying down at Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Stephen Tait

STEPHEN Tait spends his days helping small businesses thrive in Queensland but after walking in the shoes of a woman escaping domestic violence, he wants to spend his nights ending homelessness. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland chief executive officer joined more than 180 business leaders for Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 21. For the first time since the ... Read More »

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