Glenorchy community takes action during August

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A MONTH-LONG project that will collect dry and tinned goods for people, new-born babies and pets has launched in Glenorchy as part of Homelessness Week.

Action August is an initiative by Glenorchy City Council, Glenorchy Salvation Army and Chigwell Child and Family Centre that is about raising awareness of homelessness in the Glenorchy community.

“Often people think of homelessness as people sleeping rough out on the streets, but homelessness is also about people doing couch surfing and things like that, so it’s really quite prevalent in our community,” Glenorchy City Mayor Kristie Johnson said.

“We want to raise awareness about the importance of housing as a human right, but also about the importance of responding to those people who are facing homelessness in this COVID-19 crisis.”

Glenorchy City Council will work with Glenorchy Salvation Army by acting as a donation point for non-perishable goods, and will also run a range of activities throughout the month, including a takeaway lunch for vulnerable people on 5 August at Council.

“We want to encourage people having difficulties with housing at the moment or homelessness to seek help,” Mayor Johnson said.

“It’s really important to remember that homelessness is not just something experienced by a small number of people, it can be experienced by a large number of people and at anytime, so it could be your mum, your sister, your brother, your cousin – anyone could experience homelessness just through circumstance and that is particularly true through COVID-19.”

Chigwell Child and Family Centre will also act as a donation point for items for babies and new goods to help families in need.

Glenorchy Salvation Army Captain Jeff Milkins said they were anticipating an even higher demand for its services once the JobKeeper allowance was reduced or stopped.

“Throughout this period of time every donation counts, particularly looking towards the September period where the extra stimulus money cuts off – we’re expecting a huge influx around that time when the need skyrockets and these extra payments cease,” he said.

“Unfortunately, due to the housing situation and lack of availability of rental properties and public housing waiting list, a lot of people are spending a lot of time out on the streets or couch surfing.

“Homelessness is always important, the issue is always there.”

Captain Milkins said they had received a large amount of support from the Glenorchy community, with people providing donations of food, blankets, clothing, sleeping bags and other goods.

“The people in this community do really look out for each other where they can, which is fantastic and they’re incredibly generous,” he said.

“Donations can all be used to support people who are sleeping rough either through our homelessness packs or through food hampers.”

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Salvation Army Captain Jeff Milkins and Glenorchy City Council Mayor Kristie Johnson.

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