About the Campaign
HOMELESS FOR A WEEK 2022
Basement Soup Kitchen Coordinator Nat Spary is going Homeless for a Week, between the 1st – 7th August 2022 to raise awareness of homelessness and much needed funds for the Basement Soup Kitchen to continue to provide assistance and support to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
HOMELESS FOR A NIGHT SLEEP OUT!
You can join Nat for his first night sleeping rough on the streets on 1st August, 2022 by registering here and setting up a fundraising page. 100% of the funds raised will go towards providing lunch time meals, swags, food packs, hygiene packs, and other essential services and resources to people in need within our community.
Please donate to help us, help them.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
WHAT IS HOMELESSNESS?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistical defines homelessness as:
When a person does not have suitable accommodation alternatives, they are considered homeless if their current living arrangement:
- is in a dwelling that is inadequate; or
- has no tenure, or if their initial tenure is short and not extendable; or
- does not allow them to have control of, and access to space for social relations
The ABS definition of homelessness is informed by an understanding of homelessness as ‘home’lessness, not ‘roof’lessness. It emphasises the core elements of ‘home’ in Anglo American and European interpretations of the meaning of home as identified in research evidence (Mallett, 2004).
These elements may include: a sense of security, stability, privacy, safety, and the ability to control living space. Homelessness is therefore a lack of one or more of the elements that represent ‘home’.
HOMELESSNESS AND THE GROWING HOUSING CRISIS IN TOOWOOMBA
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics on any given night 1 in 200 people are homeless in Australia.
- 14% of people experiencing homelessness are aged 12 or below.
- 24% of people experiencing homelessness are aged between 12 and 24.
- 16% of people experiencing homelessness are over the age of 55.
According to the Queensland Council of Social Service, in May 2021 there were 2,286 men, women and children in Toowoomba who didn’t have a safe place to sleep each night.
According to Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot in April 2021 less than 1% of Australia’s private rental market was affordable to people on government pensions and benefits.
According to SQM Research, vacancy rates across Australia are at a record low, with Toowoomba’s residential tenancy vacancy rate being below 1% since June 2020 meaning less then 1 in 100 rental properties are available. SQM Research also found that weekly rent for houses and units in Toowoomba have increased by at least 10%.
WHAT WE ARE SEEING AT BASE SERVICES
Since October 2020 BASE Services has seen homelessness rapidly grow and the face of homelessness change, from an individual on a low income who may be experiencing anything from a relationship breakdown, grief, loss of a job, illness, work injury, domestic violence, or addiction to a family with three or four children who has never experienced homelessness before coming to us for help. If they are not lucky enough to have family or friends to stay with, they often end up staying in a hotel, motel, cabin or tent which often has limited or no kitchen facilities and shared bathroom facilities, paying $500 – $800 per week for accommodation which is simply unsustainable.
Rising rental prices, are making housing less affordable to many individuals and families in our
community. Resulting in many individuals and families who are struggling to pay their rent and put food on their tables, coming to us for help.
Over the past twelve months the Basement has provided more than 200 backpack beds to people
sleeping rough in our city and over 20, 000 meals, food, and hygiene packs.