City of Wodonga


Students create art works for National Homelessness Week

Wodonga students are undertaking an art project depicting the meaning of a home ahead of National Homelessness Week next month.

Wodonga Council and the Hume Region Homelessness Network are working together on the initiative with the works to be on display at a location in Wodonga during the annual awareness week to be held from August 7 to 14.

Hume Region Homelessness Network co-ordinator Jan Armstrong said the partnership would work to help raise awareness of homelessness in Wodonga through various activities over national homelessness week.

“Through this initiative, we are aiming to raise awareness of the causes of homelessness, the rates of homelessness locally and where people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness can get help,” she said.

“The project also aims to break down the stereotype and stigma of homelessness and how easy it is for someone to become homeless at any stage in their life.”More than 300 people reported as being homeless in the 2011 census with more than 700 people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless presenting to Beyond Housing for assistance in 2014-2015.

During Homelessness Week, a pop-up site will be established to present facts and information on where to get help if you are homeless or at risk of homeless and display the students’ art work.

Homelessness Week is an annual, nation-wide campaign to highlight the work of the homelessness sector, recognise barriers to ending homelessness across Australia and most importantly, to recognise those experiencing homelessness.

The community can donate money to Purchase a Homelessness Week magnet at the pop-up and cafes across Wodonga. All proceeds will go to assisting those experiencing homelessness in the local community.

Last updated: 27-07-2017

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