Local, Independant and Effective
August 03, 2016

Corporate Sleepout in Wodonga to highlight homelessness in the region

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, will pack the sleeping bag for the 2016 Corporate Sleepout at the Wodonga Race Club tonight. Ms McGowan will join local business owners at the event to recognise National Homeless Week.  

Ms McGowan said taking part in the Corporate Sleepout was an opportunity to highlight the issue, and recognise the volunteer work being done to help people in need.

“Solutions to the homelessness problem needed a whole-of-community approach, and without significant action to address the issue it would continue to grow,” Ms McGowan said.     

The 2016 Housing Affordability and Homelessness in the Hume Region Report released this week indicated the demand for homelessness services in the area was increasing. Ms McGowan said the figures showed more people needing assistance have been homeless for less than a week, and the fact more young women are also experiencing homelessness.

Ms McGowan said the report, commissioned by the Hume Region Homelessness Network, also highlighted the high number of new people seeking assistance.

Ms McGowan praised the Carevan program and the positive impact it had on people’s lives through inclusion and extending a helping hand.    

“Carevans in Wodonga and Wangaratta play an important role serving our vulnerable community members. It’s been a privilege to volunteer with both of them and look forward to continuing my connection,” she said.

Hume Region Homelessness Network – 2012-2015 reporting

 

LGA

Clients

% new clients

Alpine

164

79.5

Benalla

555

63.5

Indigo

74

72.6

Mansfield

64

64.4

Moira

609

70.7

Murrindindi

180

66.3

Towong

66

83.8

Wangaratta

1133

57.8

Wodonga

2017

63.9

The 2016 Corporate Sleepout starts at 5.30pm tonight and The River’s Lu and Matt will broadcast live on Thursday morning while breakfast is being served. 


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