Ending Homelessness

Remember Jason?

On 6 June 2010 the Brisbane Times published a story… 
“Jason is one of Brisbane’s 350 rough sleepers but he hopes to become a happier statistic soon” 

Click here to read Jason's story in the Brisbane Times in 2010

After experiencing homelessness for 5 years, in October 2010 through the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign, Jason received the keys to his new flat in Moorooka.

Fast forward to October 2014… Jason has now been housed for four years.

No longer in his studio flat in Moorooka, Jason has moved to a larger home so his three children can stay. As well as having friends and family over to visit, Jason goes fishing, attends a community meal and is happy.

Left: Jason interviewed during 50 Lives 50 Homes Registry Week in 2010 <br />Right: Jason in his unit 2012Left: Jason interviewed during 50 Lives 50 Homes Registry Week in 2010
Right: Jason in his unit 2012

June 2014 marked the 4th anniversary of the 50 Lives 50 Homes campaign and more than 230 people living on the streets of Brisbane have been housed through this campaign.

Housing people in permanent affordable accommodation, with the support to help them remain housed, ensures they will avoid the cycle of homelessness that often occurs for those unable to manage alone.

Poverty, social exclusion and isolation continue to impact on many people who live in Brisbane and the housing crisis shows no signs of abating. The rising rental prices and high cost of living compounds the vulnerability of people subsisting on low incomes.

You can help to end homelessness for one person, like Jason, who is currently experiencing homelessness.

After living on the streets for over two and a half years, in October 2010 Jason received the keys to his new flat in Moorooka.

A key factor in making housing work for people who are exiting chronic homelessness is the crucial ‘move-in’ period. It is essential that people move into homes that are furnished and fitted-out to give them the best chance of starting over. A house is not a home without the facilities to cook, clean, sleep and relax.

Your donation will help end homelessness for one person or family in Brisbane.

All donations made to 500 Lives 500 Homes will go directly to a fund for families and individuals who have been housed through the campaign to help set up their new homes.

Even a donation as small as $5 will help towards the cost of setting up a new home.

To donate please click here.

Or you could donate a Welcome Pack.

Thank you for your support of 500 Lives 500 Homes.

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Chris, Tammy, Kathryn and Pat: The 500 Lives Army jumped straight into it the day before the campaign launch. The volunteers braved an absolute onslaught of paperwork AND also packed 300 info showbags for our training. Thanks a million Chris, Tammy, Kathryn and Pat!