Poverty & homelessness

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week, held in October, is an opportunity to learn about the causes and consequences of poverty in Australia and around the world. It aims to encourage as many people as possible to express publicly their interest and concern about poverty and hardship.

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians and inequality is a rising trend.

Learn more about what we are doing to address inequality and improve the lives of all community members:

To find out what you can do and to view the calendar of events visit Anti-Poverty Week or contact the Community Planning team on 9243 8888.

Some information about homelessness

What is homelessness?

On the most basic level homelessness is the state or condition of having no home. But what is "home?" A home is merely more than having shelter - a home needs to be secure, safe and connected. There are many different definitions of homelessness.

Why are people homeless?

There is no one reason why someone is homeless. Homelessness is often a result of a number of complex issues which can include:

  • The chronic shortage of affordable and available rental housing
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Financial crisis
  • Long term unemployment
  • Severe and persistent mental illness and psychological distress
  • Young people exiting state care.

What can I do to help the homeless?

There are a number of things you can do to help the homeless. The world of the homeless can seem very far away - but it is often closer than you think. Sometimes a small thing can go a long way.

Some things you can do are:

  • Educate - help to dispel the stereotype of a homeless person! Learn about the reasons for homelessness - every situation is unique
  • Respect - remember that people who are homeless are people too. Give people who are homeless the same respect and courtesy you would your family and friends
  • Donate - you can donate a lot of things - money, toys, clothing or food
  • Volunteer - you can volunteer not only your time but your skills and expertise.

Want to know more?

Council to homeless persons 

Homelessness Australia 

For more information please contact the Community Development team on 9243 8888.

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 9:27 PM