Homelessness Week 2019

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.

In 2019, Homelessness Week is the 4th -10th August with a theme “Housing Ends Homelessness’’.

2019 Homelessness Week Launch

In 2019 the National Launch of Homelessness Week will be held in Hobart. Event details are:

Date: Monday 5th August 2019

Time: 10:30am

LocationMather’s House, Bathurst St, Hobart CBD, Tasmania.

For more information please contact Liz Knox at training@sheltertas.org.au

Become Involved

In keeping with this theme, in 2019 Homelessness Australia is encouraging the community to get active as citizens to call on political leaders to make the changes needed to end homelessness.You can organise community events and invite an MP or Senator to join you, or go and visit your MP in homelessness week to tell them about the issue of homelessness in your community.We will provide information to support your MP engagement activities and lobbying in Homelessness Week, including discussion points for the meeting, and material to leave behind that outlines what we want MPs to do.

We encourage you to connect people participating in Homelessness Week to the Everybody’s Home campaign calling for national action to end homelessness. You can find the campaign at everybodyshome.com.au; on Twitter at @_everybodyshome and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EverybodysHomeCampaign/.

Campaigning and Events Toolkit

Click here to access the Campaigning and Events Toolkit (and use the link below)


To promote your event on the Homelessness Australia website, email information about your event including date and time, location and a brief description to andrew@chp.org.au.

Letter templates that you can utilise to invite media and Government representatives to your event will be added here shortly.

HW2019 Logos and Mastheads

Click HERE to download the Homelessness Week 2019 logos.



Homelessness Week Grants

What is Homelessness Week?

Homelessness Week is a national week of events to raise awareness about homelessness in our community. In 2019, it will run from Monday, 5 – Sunday, 11 August.

The theme for Homelessness Week in WA this year is, ‘Home, Safe Home’.

Shelter WA has received funding from Lotterywest and the Department of Communities to host Homelessness Week in Western Australia.

Shelter WA would like to acknowledge our Homelessness Week Reference Group, who provide ongoing support and direction for the planning of Homelessness Week. We would also like to acknowledge our Lived Experience Working Group, who have provided advice and ideas on how best to ensure the voice of lived experience of homelessness informs the program.

Homelessness Week Event Grants

Shelter WA is committed to supporting organisations to hold their own events and exhibitions throughout Western Australia as part of Homelessness Week 2019, that align with the theme of Homelessness Week.

As well as hosting a series of events throughout Homelessness Week, we have also established an event grants program to provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations and local governments hosting an event during Homelessness Week. These event grants are available for up to $2000 per organisation.

In 2019, we are pleased to present a range of funding opportunities that are designed to have a wide-reaching effect in raising awareness about homelessness in local metro and regional communities.

City of Joondalup Couch Conversation

Innovative and inspiring events

We encourage organisations to be innovative and where possible provide opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness to be able to share their story or be involved in the event.

Home safe Home

This year’s theme for Homelessness Week 2019 is ‘Home, Safe Home’. This theme highlights that everyone deserves to feel safe. It also captures the important role home plays in feeling safe and how not having a home, and not feeling safe can impact in myriad of ways; mental and physical health / well-being, ability to secure work, maintain relationships, become a functioning member of the community and ultimately, be able to thrive.

We encourage your organisation to consider how its event aligns with the theme.

Joint grant applications

We encourage organisations in the same region to, where appropriate, consider delivering collaborative regional events and applying for a joint grant with other organisations. Joint grants can allow organisations to achieve more effective and efficient use of finance resources, enhance event delivery and establish a strong collective voice and presence in the local community. If you are applying for a joint grant, please identify this in your application form.

How to apply

All not-for-profit community services organisations and local governments in Western Australia are invited to apply for the Homelessness Week event grants.

Each event will be featured in our Homelessness Week media and promotional campaign. Please provide any photographs (with permissions) prior to the event or exhibition, along with a brief overview to assist us in promoting your event or exhibition.

Please submit your application by email by 31 May 2019 to projects@shelterwa.org.au.

Please note: All event grant applications are reviewed by the Shelter WA team and final funding decisions are made by the Shelter WA Chief Executive Officer. All applicants must sign that they accept the Conditions of Grant outlined in this document. As outlined in the Conditions of Grant, event grants will be provided to successful organisations following Homelessness Week, once receipts and invoices of monies paid are submitted.

Homelessness Week Grant Application.docx