Scarves to collar homeless problem
ABOUT 80 scarves will be hung from tree branches, tied to park benches and handed out by a band of community-minded people in Fremantle this Friday and Saturday.
Sandra McGreavey, founder of social media page Helping Hands Cockburn, said the idea was to offer a scarf to people who were homeless, those who did not have one and even those who had forgotten theirs on the day.
“We want to raise awareness about homelessness and do it in a quirky way that gets people talking,” Ms McGreavey said.
“There are a number of homeless people in Fremantle so I thought we should start here.
“Hopefully it inspires others to help where they can.”
A recent report by Anglicare WA found one in four West Australians had been affected by homelessness, while one in 10 had been homeless themselves at one point.
Chief executive Ian Carter said the problem was growing.
“The affordability and availability of housing in Western Australia is a growing crisis,” he said.
“The impact of this crisis is affecting more and more of our families.”