National Homelessness Week (1–7 August 2021) aims to raise awareness about people experiencing homelessness in our community. People are considered homeless when they don't have safe, secure and appropriate accommodation. Homelessness can include sleeping rough, couch surfing or seeking shelter in a car.

Homelessness can be caused by complex social, economic and health-related factors such as:

  • loss of employment
  • mental health
  • family breakdown
  • family violence.

The COVID-19 pandemic is also causing more challenges for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Homelessness in the City of Boroondara 

Homelessness is a growing problem around Australia, including in the City of Boroondara. Census data reveals that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Boroondara increased from 383 people in 2011 to 426 people in 2016.

We developed the City of Boroondara Homelessness Protocol to make sure that people experiencing homelessness are:

  • treated with dignity and respect 
  • offered relevant support services.

Support for people experiencing homelessness

We work closely with the Salvation Army to organise outreach support for people who are sleeping rough. For details on how you can support local organisations that help people experiencing homelessness or people at risk of homelessness, visit our Community & support page.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Homelessness Project Officer on 9278 4326. They can help connect you or the person experiencing homelessness to essential services.

Shelter in Place community exhibition

National Homelessness Week 2021 aligns with our latest major community exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn. Shelter in Place looks at the relationship between humans and architecture. It explores the ways in which our built environment is used to foster ideas of home, shelter and belonging.

Shelter in Place is running until Saturday 25 September at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn. This exhibition is free for all ages.