Cobaw is hosting an event for Homelessness Week on Tuesday 2 August at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute (4:00pm-6:30 pm) to raise awareness and understanding of homelessness.

The event aims to increase community connections for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as for those working in the homelessness and community sector.

At the event Macedon Ranges housing support organisations will provide information about their services. Guest speakers will include Vicky Vacondios, Council for Homeless Persons and Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO. There will also be entertainment from comedian Trent McCarthy, Cobaw’s own ukulele band The CUPs, and singer-songwriters Damian and Andy. Food will be provided as part of this free event.

Homelessness Week is an annual themed week coordinated by Homelessness Australia which aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues people face. ‘Homelessness Counts’ is the theme for Homelessness Week 2016 (1 -7 August).

Homelessness Week takes place over the week before the Census night (9 August) and it is important that those experiencing homelessness are adequately represented in Census data. Data from past Census surveys demonstrates the severity of homelessness across Australia and highlights the need for adequate funding for community services to adequately support people who are homeless or need assistance with associated affordable housing issues.

“Cobaw urges the Macedon Ranges community to recognise that those people experiencing homelessness are a valuable part of our society and must be supported,” said Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO.

“Homelessness is not a choice. The biggest cause of homelessness is family and domestic violence, followed by financial difficulties. The largest proportion of Australia’s homeless population is out of sight and out of mind, moving from one place to the next. Events like Homelessness Week provide a significant opportunity to raise awareness and understanding within our community of homelessness”.

For further information, please contact Alex Prado, Housing Support Coordinator 03 5421 1666 or complete the form on the Contact Us page.