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Collecting information about historical events is like a treasure hunt for this year’s Inner West Council (IWC) Citizen of the Year, Chrys Meader.
Honouring the lives of recently deceased “street people” – strangers, friends, family.
I am passionate about the Newtown Vibe. It’s not an easy thing to explain and we may not all agree on what it actually is, but a lot of people nod their heads when you talk about it! They agree that there is something unique and special about this place. Something that is worth protecting.
GLEBE: For more than a year, a community of homeless people has been living in tents under the tramline at Wentworth Park. The community has been there for more than a year. Despite Council policy which refers to working with the homeless in a respectful and compassionate way (via a dedicated homelessness unit and a number of services and outreach programs), the rough sleepers have accused the City of Sydney of insensitive action.
Something truly remarkable happened in the USA about three months ago. It was incredible and it was one of the most positive illustrations of the power of community to ever come out of the social-safety-net basket case that is the United States. It is a pity that it got no coverage in Australia.
Disability in everyday, occupational and social functioning is higher for those living in marginal accommodation than other social groupings.
Often, women are described as the hidden homeless, staying with friends or relatives, in cars or sheltering in women’s refuges. On April 14, 2014, the Mercy Foundation launched the findings of a report, they commissioned from University of Queensland's Dr Maree Petersen and Dr Cameron Parsell, which investigated older women’s homelessness and effective pathways out of homelessness for this group.
If Col James had a passion, it was undoubtedly housing – not just the creation of a building but adding to the lives of so many, often vulnerable people who longed for a home. He used his architectural skills to engage with all sorts of groups of people – students, Aboriginal communities and the homeless. Gentle soul that he was, he was still a very determined fighter.
In December Milk Crate Theatre was presented the Macquarie Group Foundation’s Social Innovation Award in recognition of its community shows program, Australia’s only ongoing theatre program devised “by the homeless community for the homeless community”. Long-time participant, Helen (not her real name), spoke with the SSH about acting, artistic collaborations and developing skills for life.
As house prices climb beyond the reach of more families and rents rise even faster, more and more Australians are experiencing housing stress. Instead of seeking solutions to this crisis, the NSW Government has turned its back on the problem in the vain hope that the markets will solve it. The markets have no interest in people in stress, low socio-economic groups and especially the homeless. The problems are set to get a whole lot worse.