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Tackling homelessness through the power of alliance

Tackling homelessness through the power of alliance

For close to 30 years, Faith Housing Alliance (FHA) has been working to address the rising issue of homelessness in New South Wales. The Alliance provides 308 homes to 479 tenants across the state – with 90 per cent of their tenants having been diagnosed with mental illness or disability.

“There’s so many more people needing homes then what is actually available,” says CEO Rose Thomson.

“Before the floods, waiting lists for social and affordable housing in our state were running at about 55,000, so you could be waiting for up to fifteen years without a safe and stable home.”

Australia is facing a crisis of homelessness. St Vincent de Paul reports that, on any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless.

Homelessness does not only affect people who are sleeping rough on the streets. People who need to couch surf, live out of their cars and crash at campsites all suffer with unmet needs. Needs that include walls and a roof, but also extend to community and support to navigate various seasons.

These broader needs are why FHA partners with over 20 faith-based organisations such as Anglicare and Salvos Housing. As their mission statement outlines, their goal is to “relieve poverty, distress or disadvantage suffered by individuals or families”.

Just one of the grateful recipients of FHA’s help is Kevin.

Kevin’s life was turned upside down after a stroke that left him with a disability.  For two years Kevin was unable to find housing that met his needs. Then he found one of FHA’s members, Good Housing, a disability specialised housing team.

From there, Kevin’s life turned right side up again and he moved a purpose-built villa in Sydney.

“I’m so comfortable, I’ve forgotten I’ve had a stroke!” says Kevin. “Living in my villa means that I have freedom and choice to do what I want to do, when I want to do it.”

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