You’re not defined by your experience, it’s something you went through, not something you are.
Nobody chooses to be homeless, they are victims of their circumstances and life doesn’t give them a chance to move on. People ended up homeless due to many reasons:
- Family violence
- Mental Illness, Trauma and other Illnesses
- Substance Misuse
- Discrimination or Financial disadvantage
- Personal or family crisis
- Exits from care
- Elder Abuse
On any given night, 116,427 people experiencing homelessness in Australia. This is a huge increase from the last census. Number jumping from 102,439 in 2011 (a 13.7% increase). There has been an increase of 28% for Australians aged 55+, 40% of the people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25. 40% of people experiencing homelessness are part of the LGBTI community. In Victoria, over 24,817 people were homeless on the census night in 2016 (an 11.3% increase from 2011).
Elvis has written an article on young people, homelessness and trauma which was published in Parity magazine. He was also part of the panel of Experts for Youth Homelessness at the Parity Launch.
We can’t ignore Youth Homelessness. Our Youth are the future of our country. If they are homeless then our future is hopeless.
Read the article here on Page 12.
Our housing system is broken. Whether you’re struggling to find shelter each night or looking to buy your first home, the government can do simple things to improve the system and to make sure everyone has a home.
This is Elvis atCouncil to Homeless Person preparing the agenda for the next elections. The agenda focused on encouraging the Government to work on policy to resolve the issues of homelessness by promoting the EVERYBODY’S HOME campaign, a campaign that aims to provide housing for all.
Elvis was on the panel for ‘Experts of Youth Homelessness’ providing strategies to community workers on how they can supporting young people experiencing homelessness in different but effective approaches. Conversations were around the challenges of the diversity of people experiencing homelessness and how community workers can support them without being judgmental. We also shared the experiences of a few young people who find it hard to access community services due to their race, religion and sexuality. On top of that, language barriers can
Elvis promoting Sleep At The G at various organisations to raise awareness about homelessness and encouraging to take actions and donate money for the
The fundraising campaign has successfully raised a sensational total of $1,011,776.
At the Melbourne City Missions’ Sleep at the G, the Compassion booth was set up for people to write down and share their acts of compassion and kindness. This is one of the projects which Elvis drove, alongside the Melbourne City Mission Youth Action Group. This project promotes equality and compassion in society and it gives a tangible call-to-action for people to promote Compassion in our Community. It has been a very successful project. There was great participation and engagement and a high demand for this project to be run again in the future.
Elvis attended StreetCount 2018 which was conducted from 3am to 3.30pm on Tuesday 19 June with around 400 trained volunteers participating across all municipalities.
StreetCount collects information about people sleeping rough within parks, on streets and in other locations across inner Melbourne. The information helps in building an understand of rough sleeping, so we can better plan support, services and work towards long-term solutions to address homelessness.
Elvis attended the Youth Action Group’s Night of Kindness at the Melbourne City Mission. We are a group of young leaders who are passionate about raising the profile of Melbourne’s Youth.
YAG members hosted the Night of Kindness to promote equality and compassion in our society, and reduce the stigma around some of the issues young people face.
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