New research into the experience of local homeless people suggests that while some community members are kind and accepting, others have a lot to learn.
If you’ve been put out by the rains that have lashed the Shire recently, spare a thought for the region’s homeless population. Thankfully, the Byron Community Centre has been doing just that.
Upcycling is being taken to new heights by local self-confessed, tinkerer, recycler and upcycler Deidi Vine, who is currently building a prototype shack that she hopes will be used to shelter the homeless.
Organisers of the popular music festival Splendour in the Grass were recognised for an innovative homelessness partnership at an awards presentation last week.
Northern Rivers community groups and businesses will rally together next week to tackle the region’s mounting homelessness crisis with Homelessness Connect events at Lismore and Casino.
A simulated camp made up of typical kinds of shelter that homeless people use will be set up to launch the annual community sleep-out to support Fred’s Place in Tweed Heads.
Local organisations are getting behind the project to help provide shelter to Byron’s homeless during extreme wet weather events by providing the Byron Community Centre with $12,000 in seed money.
An emergency campground for homeless men in Byron shire where they can help build their own tiny homes on wheels is to be set up on a trial basis.
Byron Shire Council says a recent spike in illegal camping in areas like Mullumbimby’s Heritage Park could be due to people being moved on from the Gold Coast ahead of the impending Commonwealth Games.
No Fixed Abode gives a voice and a face to the many homeless people who struggle to find housing, food and stability. It will be launched at the Byron Writers Festival on Saturday August 5.
A 23-year-old man was homeless at the time police allegedly found him carrying $10,000 in cash together with cannabis, steroids and benzodiazepines at Skennars Head earlier this year.
A campaign is currently underway to raise funds for a sleepbus to operate within the Byron Shire. Led by the Byron Chamber of Commerce and local business owners, the goal is to raise the $100,000 needed for it to be built, delivered and begin service.
A 69-year-old man living on Byron’s streets was brutally bashed last Wednesday night, according to Veronica Rowe from the Northern Rivers Homeless Alliance.
While our region accounts for only four per cent of the NSW population, some 20 per cent of the state’s rough sleepers are here in the northern rivers, according to Tony Davies, CEO of Social Futures.
Cat Seddon, team leader, community services, Byron Community Centre. I agree with Nicki Yazdi (Byron youth homelessness not a ‘gypsy lifestyle’) when she says there is little to romanticise about for those experiencing homelessness in Byron Bay.
Jo Faith, Newtown. I had just finished reading the recent Echonetdaily article on the issue of homelessness in the Byron region.
The annual statistics for Liberation Larder are out, and highlight the growing need from disadvantaged members of our community.
Menkit Prince, Uki. Tweed Shire Council appears to be pretty dysfunctional when it comes to its homelessness policy.
Mark Mlikota, Bangalow. The Bay was once a very diverse town a place where you could see and buy things that you couldn't elsewhere in the country, a place where a man walking down Jonson street in a suit would make you turn and have a look; those 'no chains' days are long gone.
Byron Bay’s homeless people will be have a smile on their face this morning and a new pair of designer jeans to keep them warm, thanks to the Byron Community Centre.
A drop-in centre for the homeless and disadvantaged on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, is set to close after the Salvation Army has withdrawn its operational support.
Where government fails, individuals act. A new not-for-profit charity that aims to work with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has just been established for Byron Bay.
A group of health and community sector workers on the north coast are banding together to help improve the healthcare and wellbeing of homeless people in the region.
Greens candidate for Ballina Tamara Smith spent the night sleeping rough in Ballina last night, but she was not alone. It has been estimated there are more than 1,380 homeless people across northern New South Wales, and the figure is growing.
Tony Parker, Byron Bay. Many landlords are adamant that anyone in receipt of a government pension (generally speaking, the poorest and most vulnerable) may not apply for government rental assistance.