Homelessness Week 1-7 August 2022

May 25, 2022

What is Homelessness Week?

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events, including providing information on the importance of housing as a solution and educating communities on how they can make a difference.


When is Homelessness Week?

Homelessness Week 2022 will be taking place from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 August.


What is the theme?

The theme for Homelessness Week 2022 is To end homelessness we need a plan.


Are there resources available?

There are a range of resources available in the Homelessness Week Supporter Pack, including social media tiles, web banners, email signatures, posters and messaging to support your advocacy.

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Shelter WA


Homelessness Week 22

Homelessness Week 2022 (Aug 1-7) explore solutions for Housing, Health and Homelessness

New ideas will be explored between housing, health and homelessness during a series of expert discussion events and workshops as part of Homelessness Week 2022.

Homelessness Week aims to develop greater public awareness and understanding of how we can prevent and end homelessness. This national week, co-ordinated by Shelter WA in Western Australia, will explore evidence-based system wide responses with a range of international, national and state experts that will challenge our current thinking around Housing, Health and Homelessness.

Shelter WA CEO Michelle Mackenzie said homelessness can result from health-related factors, and can also cause health problems, including poor nutrition, poor dental health, substance abuse and mental ill health.

“People experiencing homelessness also experience significantly higher rates of death, disability, and chronic illness than the general population, which is awful for each person and can lead to people cycling through the Western Australian public health system,” she said.

“People who have experienced homelessness provide valuable insights and knowledge to help others understand the realities of homelessness and the solutions needed to address this issue we face as a society.”

Lived experience advocate Jonathan Shapiera estimates he has cost the public health system around $1million in health procedures after experiencing homelessness.

“Today, seven years after leaving the streets, my son and I still live in supported accommodation. After nearly three years living on the street in a car, we are now regaling the consequence of living rough,” he said.

“The poor conditions of sleeping in the car or on the street have taken their toll on my body medically. The extremely poor nutrition with takeaway almost every night showed as the weight piled on the both of us.

“This year was my fourth major operation, a quad by-pass open heart surgery. Every one of those four operations was considered life-threatening and for me life-changing. Surviving them was not just luck, having the expertise of surgeons from Fiona Stanley Hospital.”

Ms Mackenzie said evidence from the University of Western Australia showed it was more cost effective to prevent homelessness, providing housing and wrap around support services than to have people cycle in and out of hospital whilst they are without a home, and as a consequence of being homeless.

“COVID showed us the importance of home to keep everybody healthy and well. By working together Western Australia can prevent and end homelessness with the right type of housing options and access to appropriate wrap around support. This is good, not just for each person but for all of us,” she said.

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Everybody's Home



Australia is at a crossroads

The right and rational path is a stronger system of social housing that provides security and stability to individuals, while at the same time bolstering our common national prosperity. The alternative is an increasingly brutal financial contest for something that should be a basic right of citizenship – decent shelter.

If we don’t act now, nothing will change. We need your help and support to continue to build momentum and public support for the government to fund social housing.

Join the campaign today!



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