Homelessness is often perceived to be a metropolitan problem. In actual fact a significant proportion of people experiencing homelessness are in regional, rural and remote Australia where there are fewer services available to assist them to resolve the issues leading to their homelessness. Caravan parks are often used as emergency accommodation in rural and remote areas, where there are few homeless assistance services and boarding houses.
Finding a home can be very difficult for ex-prisoners, particularly for women with children to care for. Poor rental history and family breakdown can make it difficult for ex-prisoners to access housing support upon release. In a competitive rental market, high rent and a lack of references can exclude ex-prisoners from the private rental market. Long waits on public housing lists and a lack of beds available for emergency or supported accommodation mean that many will rely on boarding house accommodation. A lack of regulation and security in some boarding houses, however, means that many will forgo this option, particularly if other tenants include former associates they are trying to avoid.
A drug and alcohol issue, combined with homelessness or unstable housing is one of the most critical risk factors for reoffending. The 2009 Inmate Health Survey found approximately 26% of men and 51% of women had difficulties with accommodation in the six months from being released, 53% of Aboriginal men and 60% of Aborignial women lived in a rural area in the 12 months prior to incarceration and close to 66% of men and 56% of women reported being intoxicated at the time of the offence.
The sleep out will kick off at 6pm, on the 6th of February, 2014. Registrations are closed for participation. Family are invited to visit on the night but can't participate in the Sleep Out unless registered. Drinks and a sausage sizzle will be available at a gold coin donation.
You can contact the CRC Broken Hill team;
178 Argent Street Broken Hill NSW 2880
Phone: (08) 8088 1617