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COVID-19 & AUSTRALIAN HOMELESS

How COVID-19 is effecting the Homeless

Many Homeless services have had to close or modify their services.

This has effected laundry services, mobile showers, food services (some are now only take away) and drop in centres.

Many homeless people on the street suffer from chronic illness - making them more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

Basic hygiene like washing hands and having access to hand sanitiser is difficult when on the street.

Stocking up on toilet paper, canned goods and essentials is not on option when you are homeless.

Homeless Australians

Over 116,427 Australian are homeless - including people sleeping on couches, in crisi accomodation and sleeping on the street (ABS 2016).

49,200 Aussies will sleep rough on the street across Australia this year (ABS 2016).

Life has just gotten a lot tougher for these people due to Coronavirus.

2 state governments (VIC& SA) have announced motel funding for people sleeping rough - so that they can self isolate.

It is not yet clear if there will be enough motel funding for everyone and if it will cover regional areas or just capital cities.

Will Homeless numbers increase - we think so

It has been estimated over 1 million Australians have lost their job due to Coronavirus (12% of homeless people sleeping on the street are employed, ABS 2016).

Prisons in several states are releasing prisoners early.

Hospitals are discharging patients as soon as possible.

2 million Australian households were in morgage stress PRIOR to the Coronavirus (Jan 2020).

15% of homeless Aussies are couch surfing – staying with family and friends which often means sleeping on the lounge room floor. As we all know living in close quarters with our loved ones can sometimes be trying at the best of times.

Homelessness can be caused by

Family violence

Mental health issues

Physical health issue e.g. accident at work and bills mount up

Loss of employment, under-employment or inability to gain a new job

Limited housing / rental stress

Drug and alcohol addiction (an RMIT University study showed that 50% of homeless with adition problems got them AFTER being homeless)

Traumatic Experiences

Backpack Beds (swags) SAVE LIVES

Backpack Bed for Homeless partners with homeless services across Australia to distribute our study proven Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless without shelter.

We are not government funded and rely on the support of everyday Australians to help give back safety to people living on the streets. Your donation can help someone survive a night on the streets by protecting them from the harsh weather climates that can happen at night.

How The Homeless Backpack Bed (Swag) Works

Backpack Bed - lightweight

Lightweight 3KG

Street tough material

Backpack Bed - full body protection

Full Body Protection

4 season summer & winter

Backpack Bed - fire retardant

Fire Retardant

Fabric + Mattress 190cm x 55cm

Backpack Bed - wind & rain protection

Water & Wind Proof

Protects against winter chills

Backpack Bed - mosquito protection

Full Body Mosquito Net

For hot summer nights

Backpack Bed - ergonomic

Ergonomic Backpack

Adjustable shoulder & chest straps

Backpack Bed - pockets

Storage Pockets

4 pockets - store over 20kg

Backpack Bed - hidden zipped pocket

Secret lockable pocket

With brass key lock

You can make a difference to someones life today

How your donated Backpack Bed makes a difference

Backpack Bed for Homeless thank you postcard
Thank you notes from homeless Backpack Bed recipients
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