There is no doubt we are experiencing a homelessness crisis in Australia the likes of which we have never seen.
Most of us are counting our blessings that we are safe. But how can you stay safe when you are homeless?
Zoe* knows the struggles too well.
“The last time I ever saw my dad was the day he kicked me and my brother Ash out. He closed the door on us and that was that. We didn’t have any family to stay with then, we still don’t now. That fact doesn’t change during lockdown.”
When they were kicked out, Zoe and Ash* moved from refuge to refuge. If they couldn’t get a bed, they slept on the streets.
Zoe’s mental health took a huge toll: she battled depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts and Ash became heavily dependent on drugs.
Zoe’s life became even harder in the wake of COVID-19 when she and her brother became separated.
Our Street Walk Manager, Gary, found Zoe sleeping rough and alone in Sydney’s inner west.
The truth is we have seen a steep rise in drug and alcohol abuse and domestic and family violence as more people experience tough emotional and financial hardships.
These rises have seen a strong demand for our vital services as many kids have now been forced into homelessness and poverty.
Vulnerable and disadvantaged kids like Zoe and Ash need to turn to supporters like you in their community for help and safety.
Zoe is safe at our crisis accommodation service for now, but she is deeply concerned about her brother whom she hasn’t heard from for several weeks. We will do everything we can to find Ash.
The worst thing we can do right now is give up. But with your support, we can be there for kids in need for as long as it takes.
Please give generously** to bring safety to homeless and vulnerable young people.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our young people
**All donations over $2 are tax deductible
Change your card details, donation amount or contact details.