Our community is facing an unprecedented level of uncertainty and hazard In response to the rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). People experiencing homelessness need our support now more than ever.
For the 24,000+ Victorians currently experiencing homelessness, these challenges are more complex and acute when coupled with high rates of immunodeficiency, malnutrition and a lack of access to support services. Especially for those sleeping rough.
How do you self-isolate when you’re experiencing homelessness? You can’t. And with many essential front line services scaling back, the usual supplies of free meals and support won’t be available soon.
The National Homeless Collective Emergency Relief Fund will support the immediate and ongoing supply, assembly, distribution of critical resources for Victorians experiencing homelessness through two existing initiatives:
SLEEPING BAGS FOR HOMELESSNESS
We’re asking you to donate an hour of your wage as a suggested amount so these members of our community don’t get left behind.
As a 100% grassroots charity, we raise our money from fundraising activities like sausage sizzles and events. We can't do that now because of the restrictions on large gatherings.
This means your online donations are more powerful and effective than ever. Without your donation, our work will have to stop. It’s that simple.
You can donate via our Go-FundMe COVID-19 Homelessness Crisis Support Fund Raiser and all donations $2 or greater are totally tax deductible.
Our SLEEPING BAGS FOR HOMELESSNESS project delivers thousands of brand new, high-quality, waterproof sleeping bags to people throughout the country. Designed based on feedback from people living on streets throughout Australia, and our BLACKPACK provides immediate relief in the form of a backpack full of food, toiletries and essential sanitary items - offering someone dignity, choice and crucial support at the cost of just $5 per pack.
Who are we?
Based in East Brunswick, National Homeless Collective is a First Nations run grassroots Australian charity that creates solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic violence, and social disadvantage. We achieve this by running six successful program that focus on and target a specific area of homelessness and disadvantage. We are five years in the running and have a proven record of breaking down barriers and supporting people directly, one on one.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded and this was and always will be Aboriginal land.