FACTS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

Dignity is a human right

116,427 Australians are homeless and needlessly suffering tonight

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

Fact. There are not enough shelter and governments ignore the basic human right dignity.

20.4% increase in the number of people sleeping on the street across Australia (ABS 2011 vs ABS 2016).

Women aged over 55 are the fastest-growing group of homeless Australians (ABS 2011 vs ABS 2016).

1 in 201 Australians are currently homeless (ABS 2016).

In 2017-2018: 44,116 people requesting short-term or emergency accommodation did not receive any or were only given a referral (AIHW 2018)

In 2017-2018: 99,370 people needed long term accomodation but did not recieve any or were only given a referral (AIHW 2018)

Nearly 60% of homeless people are aged under 35 years (ABS 2016).

In 2018 two homeless men were tragically run over and killed by garbage trucks - one while sleeping in a Brisbane City laneway and another while sleeping in Sydney. 

Facts About Homelessness In Australia

Every night thousands of Australians are putting their life at risk by sleeping on the street. No ones thinks they will end up homeless and can be traumatic when it does happen.

Australian Homeless Figures
Facts on Homeless People In Australia
Increase In Homeless People

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

One or a combination of these factors can lead to someone becoming homeless. Sometimes homelessness can occur due to someone moving to a new area and losing their job, and not having any support to help. Other times it can be something as simple as not being able to afford housing.

Homelessness can affect anyone at any time. The tiniest life change can cause someone to lose everything they have in a blink of an eye. It's a terrible place for anyone to be in as you will never know what will happen to you on the streets.

Whatever the reason - Australians sleeping on our streets need immediate shelter to survive.

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