In Australia, there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness every night.
It's a sobering statistic. Access to good quality, affordable housing is fundamental to well-being. It's why housing accessibility and caring for vulnerable Australians are key pillars of our community commitment.
This week is Homelessness Week, putting the spotlight on this emerging national emergency.
The reasons for homelessness are varied, but COVID-19 has increased the risk due to:
- the reluctance of employers to take on full-time employees
- the low-skilled workforce becoming increasingly vulnerable to unstable employment
- low income levels compared with the cost of living and available rental properties
- forced lockdowns causing businesses to reduce their workforce.
Each year, the Beyond Bank Foundation supports programs that address the affordable housing crisis and the largest emerging group of those facing homelessness – the elderly.
As part of National Homelessness Week, we'd like to share some things we're doing to address housing affordability.
Hunter Valley Winter Campaign.
Our Hunter Valley staff are taking non-perishable donations for six different homelessness support services in their region during August and September. Drop into your nearest branch to donate.
Toora Women Inc.
Toora Women Inc. is a recent grant recipient of the Beyond Bank Australia Foundation. We are helping them to support women and children experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and drug or alcohol issues.
Their recent launch of two new houses (one specifically for women with disability) will further assist them in helping women in crisis. More.