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Donate a can for homelessness awareness week

Donate a can

Homelessness and rough sleeping is on the rise in Knox. Want to do something about it? You can help with just a single serve, ring pull can.

This Homelessness Awareness Week (4-10 August 2019), and all of August, we are asking for your donations for emergency meals for those who need it.

The latest estimates reveal more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness in Australia on Census night, representing 50 homeless person for every 10,000 people.

On Census night in 2016:

  • 365 people were counted as homeless in Knox
  • 138 people were in supported accommodation for the homeless in Knox
  • 70 staying in temporary accommodation in other households in Knox
  • 104 severely overcrowding dwellings in Knox.
Cr Jake Keogh supporting the Can Homelessness campaign

Knox City Council believes that homeless people and people sleeping rough:

  • Have the right to be in public spaces
  • Have the right to participate in public events
  • Need to have a place for and/or to carry all of their possessions with them
  • Come from different cultural backgrounds
  • May have complex needs
  • Have different contributing factors to their homelessness i.e. fleeing from family violence, leaving state care

Donate a can during August at these locations:

  • Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Hwy Wantirna South
  • Bayswater, Boronia and Rowville libraries
  • Knox Leisureworks, 35 Tormore Rd, Boronia

All donations collected will be handed over to Knox Emergency Relief Support Services.

Want to do even more? Join your voice to the Everybody’s Home campaign to fix Australia’s housing system: everybodyshome.com.au

Experiencing difficulties? There are a range of services in Knox available to help. Knox Homelessness Resources

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