HOMELESS Persons Week kicked off Monday with a number of events being held throughout the week.
Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney acknowledged those in the community who may be sleeping rough.
“I hope [Homeless Persons Week] draws the wider community’s attention to this social issue,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“Homelessness is a serious community concern with people becoming homeless for many different reasons.
“These include the breakdown of relationships; domestic and family violence; financial difficulties; eviction or ending of previous accommodation; substance abuse; mental illness; or a lack of affordable and accessible housing and accommodation.”
Mrs McSweeney said she encouraged the community to get behind worthy appeals including 98.5 Sonshine FM’s sleeping bag appeal.
New and used sleeping bags can be dropped off at the studios on Murray Street, Como from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Passages Resource Centre Peel and WestAus Crisis & Welfare Services will hold a free sausage sizzle for those without secure accommodation or at risk of homelessness at the Eastern Foreshore on Thursday.
The event will allow people who are at risk of becoming homeless the opportunity to meet with some of the local service providers and learn about the services and facilities that are available in the area.
The event will start at 10am and a jazz trio, That’s Jazz, will play between noon and 2pm in the Rotunda.
For a full calendar of events during the week go to communityhousing.com.au