National Homelessness Week 2021

National Homelessness Week 2021

The Salvation Army believes everyone deserves a place to call ‘home’.

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National Homelessness Week

Ending homelessness is possible in Australia

The Salvation Army is the leading provider of homelessness services in Australia. In 2019-20, The Salvation Army’s homelessness services assisted more than 41,000 people who were at risk of or experiencing homelessness [SOURCE: The Salvation Army Annual Report, 2019-20].

Our vast network of social services enables people experiencing homelessness to access accommodation, case management services, advocacy, financial assistance, counselling and meals, as well as connection and referral to other specialist services.

We also work with National and State Homelessness and Housing peak bodies and government agencies to work towards sustainable solutions to end homelessness. We believe that everyone should have access to having safe, secure and affordable housing. When communities invest in social and affordable housing, we can end homelessness. Learn more about our homelessness services

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Homelessness and the meaning of ‘home’

National Homelessness Week (1-7 August) is an annual campaign coordinated by Homelessness Australia. It seeks to raise awareness around people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face, and the action needed to achieve long-lasting solutions, including increasing the supply of social housing.

This year, The Salvation Army’s key theme for National Homelessness Week 2021 is: Unlocking the door to ‘home’.

‘Home’ is a word rich with emotion and meaning. For many, it evokes images of a place of warmth, shelter and safety. It is a place where there can be family; it is a base for life. Home is a sanctuary, a place to retreat to, a place to heal emotionally and physically, and a place of comfort. There is privacy, security, longevity and connection.

It is also a place where one can build relationships, develop a life, and offer care and hospitality. A person’s ‘home’ could also refer to the local community and neighbourhood – including a welcoming and compassionate school or church community. Having a home means having a place to belong or a connection to land or Country.

Sadly, for some 116,000 Australians [ABS 2016], ‘home’ is not all these things. For people experiencing homelessness, home is unsafe, it is transient, it is constantly threatened. A roof over a head is not a home. Feeling insecure or vulnerable is not feeling ‘at home’. Having a bed to sleep in doesn’t mean a person has a ‘home’.

Without a safe and stable home, children can’t invite friends over to play. Without long-term stability, it is hard to commit to a job, schooling or relationships. Without a place of comfort, there is no place for healing – physically, emotionally, mentally. The Salvation Army recognises there are many barriers to people finding a place to call ‘home’. These doors that are locked can be opened with the help of the Australian public.

Find out how you can help us unlock the doors to ‘home’.

Learn more about the issue

Advocate for social change
Find out about our advocacy work around homelessness, poverty and violence against women, or campaign for social justice.
Get involved with volunteering
Take action today to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable Australians. Visit our volunteer information page and get in touch.
Contact your local member
Want to write to your local MP about homelessness and housing, but don’t know where to start? Read our advocacy team’s helpful tips.
Donate to The Salvation Army’s homelessness services
You can help the Salvos leave no one in need. Donate today to help people experiencing homelessness.


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Supporting children towards a stable future

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Providing a ‘home’ for homeless Australians

Salvation Army homelessness head speaks to what can be done for our country’s homeless population
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Celebrating the safety of a permanent home

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The spiral of homelessness and heartache

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Safety from ‘Street to Home’ in Tasmania

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The Salvation Army Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.

We value and include people of all cultures, languages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersex status. We are committed to providing programs that are fully inclusive. We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of people of all ages, particularly children.

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The Salvation Army is an international movement. Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name with love and without discrimination.

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