Major homelessness service providers on the Coast took to the streets of Gosford on August 7, in the middle of Homelessness Week (August 4-10), to highlight the issue of housing affordability in the region.
Uniting local homelessness service, Doorways, co-ordinated the march, and was joined by other homelessness service providers including Coast Shelter, CatholicCare, Bungree, Wesley Mission, Central Coast Community Council, Central Coast Council, and Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS).
“We are seeing record numbers of people walk through our doors because they are experiencing or are on the verge of homelessness,” Uniting Youth and Homelessness Service spokesperson, Vicki Daley, said.
“There has been no more pressing time for the local community to come together to find solutions and advocate for more affordable housing stock in this community.”
Daley said the march was intended to bring awareness to the local homelessness crisis.
“Twenty-four thousand people are experiencing housing stress and more than 3,000 are currently on the affordable housing waiting list on the Central Coast,” she said.
“The Central Coast housing affordability crisis is growing rapidly and requires increased affordable housing stock, as well as compassionate and creative community action.”
Marchers left Burns Park at midday and proceeded down Mann St to Kibble Park, where stalls and activities were on offer, along with recovered food cooked by Masterchef Season 1 winner, Julie Goodwin.
Media release, Jul 29