Homelessness: you can make a difference

Did you know that on any given night in Australia, one in 200 people are homeless?

Council recently recognised Homelessness Week (1 to 7 August) by running activities to raise awareness about homelessness in our community and providing information and resources about how we can all make a difference.

Brent Soltan is a Boroondara resident who has experienced homelessness on and off for the past 20 years. As part of Homelessness Week, Brent shared his story with us, to raise awareness and to help break down stereotypes commonly associated with homelessness.

To Brent there are many reasons why people may become homeless.

“They’re not bad people at all, they’re just going through a hard time. We all go through hard times, but some do it harder than others.”

Servants Community Housing is a not-for-profit organisation in Boroondara supporting people at risk of homelessness. Brent has been a resident for the past 2 years, which has given him the stability to mend his family relationships as well as undertake a Diploma in Social Science.

Brent plans to use his diploma to become a drug and alcohol counsellor for young people, to help prevent others from going through what he did.

Homelessness is a growing problem around Australia, and there is much we can do to support people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness in our community.

A resident of Servants Community Housing

More information

For details of Council’s Homelessness Protocol and how you can support local organisations that help people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, visit our Homelessness Week 2022 page