CURRENT EVENTS AND PROJECTS
HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2019
Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. Homelessness Week came about from various churches and missions running winter vigils to remember people who had died on the streets. These vigils were normally held in August as it is the coldest time of the year and when most people were likely to be overcome by the elements. Over the years, more churches became involved and in 2007 Homelessness Australia (then the Australian Federations of Housing Organisations AFHO) began coordinating it as a national awareness week.
The events held during Homelessness Week are a collaborative initiative spearheaded by the Albany Community Foundation, supported by the City of Albany and in conjunction with multiple Government and Private Sector Agencies who want to increase awareness of the issue of Homelessness and the possible avenues for affected community members to take.
Tuesday 06th August: “Couch Conversations” to be held in the City of Albany Library with guest speakers and a screening of a locally made short documentary on Homelessness
Thursday 08th August: The annual Sleep Out, now in its 5th year of running is back bigger and better than ever. Rebranded “Albany’s BIG Sleep Out”, it is a community fundraising event for the Homelessness Fund and to raise awareness of the homeless situation in our community with a difference.
Join us on the 8th of August as we sleep out in the town square to raise funds and awareness for the Homeless in our community.
Download the pledge form, commit to sleeping out with your local community and start fundraising today! All funds go directly to the Homelessness Fund which has been set up especially to benefit local homeless and disadvantaged people.
The Fund has been established which addresses the instant needs of people that are or are in danger of becoming homeless. Funds are held in trust by the ACF and five main local agencies being Pivot, AYSA, Anglicare, RUAH and Palmerston have direct access to funds to assist those in immediate need.
THE ACF HAS A LONGSTANDING WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH FOODBANK, WITH A SHARED VISION OF HELPING THOSE IN NEED IN OUR TOWN.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ON GOING SUPPORT, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEW IDEAS AND VENTURES.