Councils across Australia have marked National Homelessness Week this week with activities including community outreach programs and fundraising.
Three councils in Victoria – City of Port Phillip, Bayside City Council and City of Kingston – and the support group Council to Homeless Persons joined a social media campaign called My Name Is in which people who’d experienced homelessness shared their experiences.
Six individuals told their stories in an effort to push back against stereotypes and stigma around homelessness, and showcased what councils and local support services are doing.
Staff at the City of South Perth Library wore flannelette shirts and collected food donations on 7 August as part of Flannie Day, which aims to raise awareness and take action on homelessness and hunger.
ALGA President, Mayor David O’Loughlin, has said local councils are at the forefront of community efforts to tackle Australia’s worsening housing affordability and homelessness challenges.
These depend on the issues and priorities in their communities, but include using excess council land or buildings for housing, collaborating with local community service providers, and helping meet housing needs through council-owned caravan parks.