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Hidden homeless need attention, it isn’t always obvious who is and isn’t struggling, Vinnies warns

HOMELESSNESS is on the rise in Australia and work is being done to fight it, but Vinnies warns there are factors that often remain hidden from public view. St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia chief executive officer Toby O’Connor welcomed the Federal Government’s focus on emergency accommodation for a growing number of Australians.  But he said housing ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

St Mary’s students reaching out

Year 3 class at St Mary's with their removal cartons of items

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26. It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 ... 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 »

Vinnies leader warns stress levels at Christmas will leave many people homeless

A homeless man sleeps on a bench

THE Christmas season is shaping up as one of extreme financial hardship for many families, while an increasing number of people are being forced into homelessness. As the St Vincent de Paul Society launches its annual Christmas Appeal, the organisation is predicting the next few weeks will be tougher than ever before for people in need. “Certainly (there is) going ... Read More »

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