Annual swags donations to help WA’s homeless

29 Jul 2016

Access Housing has proudly donated swags to a number of frontline homelessness service providers ahead of National Homelessness Week 2016.

National Homelessness Week, which will be held between 1-7 August, is an annual themed week coordinated by Homelessness Australia that is used to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness.

This year Access Housing has donated swags to organisations assisting the homeless across the Perth metropolitan area and South West region. Organisations that have benefited from this year’s donations include St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle, the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service, the Bunbury In-Town Lunch Centre, RUAH and the Salvation Army in Rockingham. These organisations will distribute the swags to some of their most in-need clients from their local homeless communities.

Access Housing's Regional Manager - Peel and South West Kathryn Moorey presents the Salvation Army’s Darrell Wilson with one of the donated swags.

Access Housing’s Kathryn Moorey presents the Salvation Army’s Darrell Wilson with one of the donated swags.

The swags are lightweight, water and windproof, fire retardant, mildew resistant and roll up into a backpack that also has space for personal belongings.

Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender said the need to assist frontline homelessness service providers was as important as ever as more than 100,000 people sleep rough on any given night in Australia, including approximately 10,000 in Western Australia.

“Access Housing is committed to supporting those experiencing homelessness through our ongoing work with homelessness service providers and our annual donations of swags,” Mr Ellender said.

“One of our key focusses is to assist people experiencing homelessness to access affordable, sustainable accommodation. Homelessness is a blight on our society and the consequences for individuals can be terrifying. Providing swags to people sleeping rough is an important measure Access Housing is proud to support but the work we do to enable people experiencing homelessness to access secure housing is ultimately far more satisfying as it provides the platform from which they can genuinely stabilise and get their life back together.”

Mr Ellender said social and affordable housing was a mainstay in helping prevent and reduce rates of homelessness that needed more government, corporate and community investment.

“Access Housing is addressing the shortage of affordable housing in WA via our property development projects which, to date, have delivered more than 170 affordable homes for low to moderate income earners to access,” Mr Ellender said.

“In addition to our completed projects, we also have more than 250 new affordable homes at various stages of planning and construction across the Perth metro area and Peel and South West regions.”