Dignity is a human right

Have you seen someone in who is homeless - sleeping on the street?

Do you wish they had a portable shelter - Backpack Bed (swag)?

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

2,574 people will sleep rough on the street across Richmond-Tweed in NSW this year (ABS 2016).

36% increase in the number of people sleeping on the street in Richmond-Tweed (ABS 2011 vs ABS 2016).

The Richmond-Tweed area has the highest concentration of homeless people in Australia as well as in New South Wales (ABS 2016).

up to 21% of homeless Aussies sleeping on the streets have suffered cold/wet illnesses hypothermia, frostbite or trench foot (MS2H 2011).

In 2019 a homeless man was fined $652 for sleeping in a bus stop in the region. Click here for more.

Backpack Beds (swags) SAVE LIVES

Backpack Bed for Homeless partners with homeless services across Richmond-Tweed to distribute our study proven Backpack Beds and Fire Retardant Sleeping Bags to street sleeping homeless without shelter - including in Coolangatta, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff, Mullumbimby, Evans Head, Ballina and Kyogle.

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


Full Body Mosquito Net

Stop bites on hot summer nights


Ergonomic Backpack

Adjustable shoulder & chest straps


Storage Pockets

4 pockets - store over 20kg


Secret lockable pocket

With brass key lock

You can make a difference in Richmond-Tweed by giving today

Our program is not government funded. However, the sad reality is - the only barrier stopping us from handing more Backpack Beds and Fire Retardant Sleeping Bags to folks you see on the street - is your powerful donation. 

How your donation makes a difference

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