Today is World Homelessness Day and we wanted to remind you that there are many things within your power. Here are 7 practical, achievable things, that will make a tangible difference to people doing it tough.
7 things Australians can do to end #homelessness #WHD2017
- Become an advocate: Governments and decision makers won’t act on homelessness unless they know how much it matters to the people they represent.
- Watch your language: The simple act of speaking about people experiencing homelessness with respect can combat this effect and, help to spread understanding and empathy amongst your community.
- Educate yourself and others: We can’t fix what we don’t understand.
- Donate money to homelessness agencies.
- Donate goods conscientiously: If you can’t donate money, generally canned food is a useful donation, as are socks and blankets.
- Treat people without homes as you would a friend or work-mate: People with a lived experience of homelessness often tell us about the emotional toll of feeling invisible and unwanted.
ALSO: There is a full guide for media, and anyone interested in talking about homelessness in CHP’s blog post: Language is important when we talk about homelessness.
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