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AFTER midnight on any given night, people without homes are still awake searching for housing around Australia.
New data compiled by Ask Izzy, a world- first app designed to connect the nation’s homeless with services and charities, has revealed the search for shelter does not stop after daylight hours.
Instead the most popular online request between 12am and 3am is consistently for nearby housing options, with research by the University of Sydney showing nearly 80 per cent of homeless people have access to a smartphone but not always to power points.
To counter this problem AskIzzy is calling on Townsville Bulletin readers to make a $ 15 donation through Westpac for battery recharge cards that will provide emergency smartphone power. The new campaign coincides with the launch of Homelessness Week which begins today.
John Kenney, who has spent close to 50 years without a home said the data reinforced a lot of the lessons he had learned since living on the street from when he was seven.
“People often wonder why they see people without a home asleep during the day, it’s a safety issue,” he said.
“You’re much more at risk of attack at night so that is when a lot of people on the street are up and about trying to organise themselves and find shelter. “More often than not these people are fleeing domestic or family violence ... They need help straight away so the last thing they need is their phone dying in the middle of the night.
“The situation out there is getting worse, more people are coming out every day.”
AskIzzy was developed by Melbourne- based not- forprofit Infoxchange in partnership with News Corp Australia, Google and the REA Group.
Readers have helped more than 12,000 people stay connected to lifesaving services so far. To donate go to westpac. com. au/ askizzy