Homelessness Week 2020

Homelessness Week raises awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. Homelessness Week is a national event, with events held across Australia during the first full week in August.

This year, Homelessness Week will be held from the 2nd-8th of August.

The need to reduce and eliminate homelessness in Tasmania has never been more urgent:

Homelessness Week 2020: The Facts.

AIHW: On Any Given Day Across Tasmania 2019

AIHW: Tasmanian Specialist Homelessness Serves 2018-19

Get involved

Events will be held right across Tasmania throughout Homelessness Week. Information will be added as events are announced, but you can stay up to date with what’s happening in Homelessness Week (and the housing and homelessness sector) by subscribing to Shelter Tas’ eNews.

The Homelessness Week 2020 official welcome address by the Hon Roger Jaensch Minister for Housing will be available from Sunday 2 August at 8am.

Past events

ACTION AUGUST (1st-31st) Collection Drive Supporting Glenorchy Salvation Army & Chigwell Child and Family Centre

ACTION AUGUST is a Glenorchy City Council initiative to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, including a collection drive to support Glenorchy Salvation Army and local families. This month-long project will collect dry and tinned goods for people and their pets; and also new items for babies 0 to 5 years of age. How can I get involved? Donations of ...

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Glenorchy City Council Chambers, 374 Main Road
Glenorchy, TAS
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Colony 47 Soundscape HW2020

During Homelessness Week 2020, Colony 47's video and Soundscape will be installed at locations all around Tasmania, from Smithton to Huonville, providing a platform for people who are experiencing homelessness to share their story. Follow this link to the Soundscape and Soundscape resources. Share the Soundscape with your friends and networks. Colony 47 would like to thank the many people ...

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Free

HW2020 Official Welcome

Minister Mr Roger Jaensch will officially welcome Tasmanian's to engage in National Homelessness Week across Tasmania. Details to follow...

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Shelter Tas HW2020 Media Release

#HW2020 Media Release - click here

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Free

Housing Connect at the Library

CatholicCare's Housing Connect Support Team has collaborated with the Launceston Library to have a pop-up Housing Connect information stall. Located in the Launceston Library Foyer the stall will involve a range of hosts from the Housing Connect collaborative partners in the North: Monday 3 August - Anglicare 10-2pm Tuesday 4 August - Orana and Safe Space 10-2pm Wednesday 5 August ...

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Youth, Family and Community Connections

Youth, Family and Community Connections will broadcast Colony 47's Soundscape alongside the HELP Film Festival films on the public screen at the Paranaple Centre in Devonport. A rolling schedule throughout each week day will feature all three films. YFCC Facebook page campaign will also run throughout the week with daily posts featuring HELP Film festival entries. HELP films will also be ...

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The Big Screen Devonport, 145-151 Rooke Street
Devonport, 7310 Australia
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Tour of the Bethlehem House Living Pods

Bethlehem House is extending a warm invitation to visit and view the new Living Pods for homeless men. There will be small group tours between 11.30 and 14.00, led by our support staff. Tours will be 15 minutes apart, with social distancing. Hot drinks will be available To help us manage visitor numbers and social distancing, please book via eventbrite: ...

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Bethlehem House, 60 Warwick Street
North Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia
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Homelessness Week Launch – “Everybody Needs a Home”

Even before COVID-19 almost 120,000  people were homelessness in Australia every night. A million Australians are currently unemployed with many facing rental stress and the possibility of losing their home. It’s a crisis but we can turn things around. See what newly launched mapping says about homelessness in our country, and join a national online discussion about why now is the time for ...

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Meaning of Home

Karinya Young Women’s Service have collaborated with Newstead College Students on a creative online competition for Newstead College students to engage in through their Newstead College Facebook page.

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Free

Hats for Homelessness

Surviving Homelessness takes courage, humility, resourcefulness, determination, and endurance and that is what we want you to have on your Hats for Homelessness Day. Step 1 – Pick a day between August 2-8 and Register! Talk to your colleagues or class mates and pick a day between August 2-8 2020. To register your school or business – or get more ...

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Free

Magnolia Place LWS Northern Services Resources

Click on the image below for HW2020 information and resources.

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I am Somebody

‘I am Somebody’, is a multimedia art project facilitated by the City of Hobart’s Housing with Dignity Reference Group, in collaboration with Tasmanian documentary and photography artists – Helene Thomas and Andrew Wilson. It honours the unique stories of five community members and tells of the impacts living without a home has had on all aspects of their lives. The ...

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Hamlet Cafe Carpark, 40 Molle Street
Hobart, Australia
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Homelessness Kindness Cards.

The Glenorchy City  Council will hold an event in collaboration with the Salvation Army Glenorchy to launch their Homelessness Kindness Cards. The weather proof card provides contact details for services providing homelessness support. The launch is taking place during Homelessness Week 2020 and a “take-away” lunch will be available on Wednesday 5th August 12.00 to 12.30pm from Salvation Army Glenorchy ...

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Salvation Army Glenorchy, 1/370 Main Road
Glenorchy, 7009 Australia
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Everybody’s Home Campaign

This year the national theme for Homelessness Week (#HW2020) is Everybody Needs a Home and Homelessness Australia is partnering with Everybody’s Home on campaign activities. These include: The Social Housing Pledge The Pledge will be launched on 3 August but can be used before or after #HW2020. We are asking you to visit your local federal member of Parliament and ...

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I am Somebody

‘I am Somebody’, is a multimedia art project facilitated by the City of Hobart’s Housing with Dignity Reference Group, in collaboration with Tasmanian documentary and photography artists – Helene Thomas and Andrew Wilson. It honours the unique stories of five community members and tells of the impacts living without a home has had on all aspects of their lives. The ...

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John Turnbull Park, 2-16 Creek Road
Lenah Valley, Australia
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TOUR OF OUR BRAND-NEW SOCIAL HOUSING VILLAGE

CatholicCare Tasmania, Centacare Evolve Housing and St Joseph Affordable Homes Catholic Housing Initiatives TOUR OF OUR BRAND-NEW SOCIAL HOUSING VILLAGE & SHOWCASE OF OUR STATE-WIDE BUILD PROGRAM   Special guest Archbishop Julian Porteous DD Where: 95 Abbotsfield Rd, Claremont When: Thursday 6th August 11:30am Invite Only       Building Houses, Creating Homes, Growing Communities

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95 Abbotsfield Road, 95 Abbotsfield Road
Claremont, Tasmania Australia
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Media Event and Launch for the Salvos Sleep Out 2020

The Salvation Army will host a Media Event and Launch for the Salvos Sleep Out 2020 on August 07, 2020, at 10 am at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Davey Street. The launch event will highlight the need for the ‘Sleep Out’ event, encourage people to register and introduce Haig Rice from Spidertech who will be “Sleeping Out” suspended from the ...

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Meaning of Home

Karinya Young Women’s Service have collaborated with Newstead College Students on a creative online competition for Newstead College students to engage in through their Newstead College Facebook page.

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Free

I am Somebody

‘I am Somebody’, is a multimedia art project facilitated by the City of Hobart’s Housing with Dignity Reference Group, in collaboration with Tasmanian documentary and photography artists – Helene Thomas and Andrew Wilson. It honours the unique stories of five community members and tells of the impacts living without a home has had on all aspects of their lives. The ...

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Franklin Square, 17 Macquarie Street
Hobart, Australia
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Short of a Sheet Sewing Bee

As part of this year's Homelessness Awareness Week, we are holding a sewing bee to make re-usable face masks and hand warmers for those in our community who are in need. We have been thinking a lot about the current situation in Victoria and mandatory mask-wearing. People experiencing homelessness face huge barriers in accessing sufficient precautionary measures to keep themselves ...

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Source Community Wholefoods, 11 French Street
Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005 Australia
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People’s Panel Podcast On Homelessness

50/50 Awareness Campaign with HCC and Hobartians Facing Homelessness teams up this year with the inimitable Darran Petty, and the invaluable Housing with Dignity Committee and community leaders, in a first of its kind podcast panel discussion on homelessness. We'll be digging deep from a lived experience and solutions focused angle on what we want, what we need and what ...

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Host an event

Hosting an event during Homelessness Week is a great way to raise awareness and connections within your community. You can also use it to build political influence to achieve change – for example by visiting your local MP or inviting them to attend your event.

If your organisation is holding an event for Homelessness Week in Tasmania and you would like to be included in the event calendar, please contact us.

Resources

We have created a number of resources to help you plan and promote your event. Please contact the Shelter Tas Team to access the #HW2020 resources which include:

  • Poster templates
  • Email signature banners
  • Letterhead
  • Tasmanian media contacts

Media

With such a varied calendar of events in Homelessness Week throughout Tasmania, not all are suitable for media coverage. Please contact event organiser for details.