The Housing Connect National Homelessness Week Installation was opened by Acting Lord Mayor, Alderman Ron Christie at a special event in Mathers Place on Tuesday 8 August.
Acting Lord Mayor, Alderman Ron Christie said the installation and event was part of an ongoing collaboration between Hobart City Council and Housing Connect.
“We have worked together with Housing Connect on a number of projects that aim to provide resources and raise awareness about homelessness in our community,” Alderman Christie said.
Chief Executive of Colony 47, Danny Sutton said the event recognised the importance of collaboration to create positive action on homelessness.
“Housing Connect is a collaboration between five prominent service agencies in Southern Tasmania who work together with the single purpose of improving outcomes for our clients,” said Mr Sutton.
“As lead agency for Housing Connect in the South we actively partner with external organisations that will work alongside us to address issues of housing and homelessness in our community and the Hobart City Council partnership is a great example of that.”
Housing Connect’s Area Coordinator Christina Augustine said today’s event hopes to bring to light the right information and start the conversation, which is the first big step towards a whole of community approach to ending homelessness.
“Some of our young clients who have experienced homelessness came down today to talk to people about their lived knowledge and share their story” said Ms Augustine.
“It is our hope and the hope of these young people that by opening up conversations and sharing the facts, everyday people in our community will be inspired to get involved and take action on homelessness.”
The projection installation will run in the Mathers Place forecourt every evening during Homelessness Week between 7-13 August.
The installation details people’s lived experience and showcases a series of awareness and prevention facts that we hope will encourage conversations and raise awareness of the realities of homelessness in Tasmania.