The state’s peak body for housing and homelessness is using National Homelessness Week to remind the community that living on the streets doesn’t discriminate.
Held from August 7-13, the week is designed to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues they face.
Shelter Tasmania executive officer Pattie Chugg said this year’s theme of ‘Action and Innovation’ came from recognising the different levels of homelessness within the community.
“This year’s theme is about focussing on the innovative and creative approaches that Tasmanian homelessness services are taking to tackle this difficult problem,” she said.
“Services that provide early intervention and prevention are critical in addressing homelessness.
“We know that one of the best ways of prevent homelessness is to ensure that people have access to safe, secure and long term housing.
“Everyone should have a place to call home.”
The Tasmanian launch of Homelessness Week will be held Hobart on Tuesday, August 8, with events scheduled throughout the week.
In Launceston, Magnolia Place Women’s Shelter will be holding a stall at Meadow Mews on Thursday, August 10, which will provide information and giveaways.