Huon Valley News

Homelessness Week 2-8 August: Everybody Needs a Home

Taking place during 2–8 August 2020, Homelessness Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face, and the action needed to achieve long-term solutions.

Homelessness Week is a national event, with events held across Australia during the first full week in August.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Everybody Needs a Home’.

Visit the Shelter Tasmania website website to find out how you can help tackle homelessness in Tasmania, and events that will take place during the week. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

Colony 47 Soundscape installations
During the week, video and soundscape installations will be available around the state, including the Huonville Council Chambers at 40 Main Street, providing a platform for people who are experiencing homelessness to share their story.

You can also watch the soundscape online:

The Hon Roger Jaensch Minister for Housing welcomes Homelessness Week 2020

“This year’s Homelessness Week comes at an extraordinary time. Our state, like those around the country and across the world, is managing the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Minister Jaensch. “Our housing and homelessness services have been on the front line of the response.

“Housing ends homelessness is not just a saying, it’s a call to action.”

I Am Somebody

‘I Am Somebody’ is a multimedia art project by the City of Hobart’s Housing with Dignity Reference Group, in collaboration with Tasmanian documentary audio and photography artists Helene Thomas and Andrew Wilson.

Through podcasts and images, the project shares the unique stories of five community members and tells of the impacts living without a home has had on all aspects of their lives.

Listen to the full podcasts on the City of Hobart website.

Everybody’s Home

Homelessness Australia is partnering with Everybody’s Home on campaign activities. Everybody’s Home supports more social housing to create jobs and help end homelessness.

You can watch the live webinar on 5 August, and sign the petition.

Everybody’s Home has developed heat maps that show homelessness and social housing need in different electorates: