Human Power Homelessness Project

Human Power aims to harness the power of people to make a difference in Australia across eight keys global issues identified by the UN's Global Goals. The first goal is #10 Reduced Inequalities, in particular focusing on homelessness

The first public forum was launched in Newcastle on World Peace Day, 21 September 2016, during Global Goals Week. Prior to the Forum founders Michelle and Heidi Alexandra held approximately 20 meetings with stakeholders from across the region to get a clear picture of the dynamics impacting homelessness locally. 

About the evening...

At the start of the evening, attendees heard about the amazing work already being done in the homelessness sector as well as heard from an inspiring woman Tammy about her experience of living rough for several years.  

Attendees then participated in a cooperative discussion to create new solutions to the issue. Please see below some of the amazing ideas that the forum birthed.

Next steps

  1. Opportunity to create a collaborative strategic homelessness plan for the region. 

  2. Establishment of a steering committee charged with governance of the implementation of the plan.

  3. Need for better data and statistics to quantify the need better was highlighted.

  4. Three phased approach to this project. See more information here.

Potential Projects

  1. Creating a hub in Newcastle to provide better crisis support

  2. Emergency accommodation of 20 beds

  3. Provision of medium term accommodation

  4. Resume writing at Soul Café provided by Indie Recruitment – already commenced.

  5. Submit additions to the Homelessness app AskIzzy that are Hunter specific.

  6. Individuals offering volunteer time for various services.

  7. Refurbishment of a house for accommodation purposes.

Download the full Report here.

Sleeping Rough at Home

Families and people of the Hunter were invited to show their unity by being part of the #sleeproughathome campaign and post photos of themselves sleeping rough as a conversation starter with their loved ones. 

Coinciding with the forum, a number of churches were holding prayer sessions at their locations where members and friends could gather to pray for the homeless of the night of 21 September.

We want to acknowledge and thank all the people who met with us and attended the event on 21 September.

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