Over 200 people, including Federal and State Members of Parliament, braved chilly conditions at the national launch of Homelessness Week in Hobart on Monday morning. CatholicCare Housing Connect staff were there with a colourful array of give-aways and information.
MC’d by Shelter Tasmania CEO, Pattie Chugg, the week was officially opened by the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, Luke Howarth, who acknowledged the dedication of everyone working in the area. He said the Federal Government was aware of the issues in Tasmania, and that it was committed to open engagement with all levels of government, service providers and the private sector.
“Life is about relationships,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.
Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds echoed the Minister’s comments, saying that the Hobart City Council was keen to work with all levels of government. Other speakers told the crowd that sustainable solutions to the homelessness crisis must involve close consultation with people who are actually experiencing homelessness.
The event was also the launch of a new Soapbox billboard featuring Hobartians Facing Homelessness – 50/50 Art Project, which is a community-focused art project exploring the issues around homelessness and designed to foster discussion. You can see it on display at Mathers Lane in Hobart until September 1.
As one of the largest community housing providers in Tasmania, CatholicCare is helping to raise awareness of the issues faced by people who are homeless, and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions to the state's housing issues.
Show your support by dropping in to CatholicCare’s all-ages awareness event at the Republic Bar and Café on Wednesday August 7, between 6pm and 10pm. There will be live music including the Roadhouse Ravens, 'Pay it Forward' Bingo, face painting, great raffle prizes, artwork and lots of fun.
To find out about what’s happening across Tasmania during Homelessness Week, visit sheltertas.org.au