There are about 105,237 people homeless in Australia. The slight majority of those are male though 44% female are in this group. More of a tragedy are the 17,845 children under 10 with no appropriate place to call home and over 400 children sleeping out – estimates say it will get down to 6º tonight in Byron Bay and 4º in Lismore.
On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless. Next week is National Homelessness Week, an annual event coordinated by Homelessness Australia (HA) to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.
Many think that homelessness is an issue for city dwellers but most area in Australia have people who would be defined as homeless, and the Northern Rivers is no exception.
The Byron Community Centre and Byron Writers Festival have joined forces to produce a book featuring the personal stories of people in the Byron Shire experiencing homelessness.
The idea of the book is to add the voices of individuals – whose stories and experiences vary vastly – to the current debate around housing and homelessness, both here and across Australia.
The book will be launched on Saturday at 4.15pm at the Writers Festival and Wednesday 9th from 8am at the Byron Community Centre during National Homelessness Week.
You don’t need a ticket to the festival to attend the launch – ask at the gate from 3.45pm about the event and you will be directed to the venue.