Scarves to col­lar home­less prob­lem

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

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.”

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