Pop-up Soup Kitchen for Homelessness Week

Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) is hosting a pop-up soup kitchen at the Lions Club kiosk (Mollison St, Kyneton) on Tuesday 7 August from 12-1pm to raise awareness and understanding of homelessness in the Macedon Ranges.

Homelessness Week (6-12 Aug) is an annual event week coordinated by Homelessness Australia which is aims to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve long-term sustainable solutions. The theme this year is “Ending homelessness together”.

Research indicates that the main causes of homelessness are poverty, unaffordable rent costs and family violence. On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless and currently in Australia, 189,000 people are on social housing waitlists. Additionally, two in every five people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25. Housing is a critical need for an increasing number of Victorians including a significant number in our region. Locally there are a limited number of affordable housing options for individuals and families on low incomes, single adults and young people. This is further strained by the increasing cost and limited availability of rental properties in the area.

The growing homelessness issue in the Macedon Ranges and increased demand for affordable housing is evidenced by the number of referrals Cobaw receives on a weekly basis. Over the past two years, Cobaw’s Housing Support team has received over 500 referrals, with approximately 25 per cent of referrals being for young people aged between 16 to 25 years and the majority of them for young men.

“We hope that hosting a soup kitchen during Homelessness Week helps raise awareness for homelessness and its associated challenges in our shire,” said Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO. “Most people would be surprised to hear that the 2016 Census found that there were 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness on Census night. We encourage everyone to come along to our soup kitchen, not only to learn about homelessness in the Macedon Ranges, but to also enjoy a hot cup of soup.”

For further information, please contact Alex Prado, Housing Support Coordinator 1300 026 229 or admin@cobaw.org.au