No ignoring this problem
IMAGINE being scared to go to sleep for fear of being robbed, beaten or sexually abused; to have nowhere to go, to feel invisible or to be labelled a problem in society.
The harsh reality of homelessness is one that we cannot ignore. We may have not experienced it first-hand but it could happen to anyone.
Homeless shelters and dropin centres around the Perth CBD are noticing an increasing trend of “new” homeless people. These people have nowhere else to go.
They have lost their jobs, their homes, faced relationship breakdowns or have deteriorating mental and physical health.
The present economic climate has seen an increase of people living on the streets and a change in the demographic. Service providers are finding people who once lived in affluent areas are being forced onto the streets due to growing unemployment and debt.
The 2011 Census showed there were just under 10,000 homeless people in WA, and I expect the forthcoming Census will provide new and startling figures.
Homelessness should not be growing in a country like Australia.
Our State and Federal Government’s should be ensuring there are more services.