What to give Homeless people?

Dignity is a human right

We all ask ourselves ... what do Homeless people need?

Everyone deserves the Human Right to permanent shelter - BUT the sad reality is over 45,800 Aussies will sleep on the street this year.

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

45,800 people will sleep rough on the street across Australia this year (ABS 2021).

5.2% increase in the number of homeless people across Australia (ABS 2021 vs ABS 2016).

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

What do homeless people need?

Blankets and cardboard can Kill

Fact. You can die sleeping under wet blankets and doonas. Hypothermia kills.

Not dignified. Provies some ground insulation (not in the rain) and it is difficult to store and carry.

Tents are not suitable in urban environments, take time to setup/packup and city councils do not want permanent structures erected.

Backpack Beds (swags) SAVE LIVES

The Backpack Bed is a study proven emergency bed built specifically for people that do not have access to shelter. Backpack Bed for Homeless is a national charity thtat partners with 800+ homeless agencies across Australia to distribute our Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless people.

The Backpack Bed has been awarded 7 international product design awards.

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 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. Please HELP today.

How your gift makes a difference

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