The first week of August is Homelessness Awareness Week (1-7). Through our work here at Woven Threads, we constantly learn through the stories people generously share with us. We learn that life's challenges can affect anyone; unfortunately, being left without a home is a common side effect of these challenges. Quite often, the challenges placed on individuals are out of their control, and it is a common misconception that those living on the street are there of their own accord.
Intergenerational poverty, domestic violence and seeking safe asylum are all huge factors for the homeless population. Being forced onto the street due to a violent partner is a confronting and terrifying reality for many women, and their children. Refuge shelters across the country are constantly aiding women in dangerous situations and giving them a safe place to reside.
Another unfortunate reality is that many Indigenous peoples are left homeless as a result of our country's violent history toward them. Keenan Mundine, a close friend of Woven Threads (whose story can be found here), experienced homelessness during his addiction, and we know that external factors pushed him to this place, not his own choices.
Every person has their own story to tell. We ask that you use this week to reflect on your own biases and extend kindness and warmth to people suffering from homelessness, not judgement.
Help is available.
If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.
To speak to a 13YARN Crisis Supporter, call 13 92 76
For an Indigenous run and led support service please contact Deadly Connections on 18004USMOB or 1800487662
If you are in distress, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or chat online.
Have something on your mind? You can reach out to BeyondBlue at 1300 22 4636 or chat online.
Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.