On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless.
Homelessness is not simply being without access to safe shelter or having no where to sleep - it is a much more complex issue.
People who are experiencing homelessness are usually staying in improvised or overcrowded dwellings, boarding houses, crisis accomodation, couch surfing with family or friends, living in tents or sleeping out rough.
Australians of all ages and backgrounds experience homeless. However, some groups are at greater risk than others of becoming homeless. For instance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make up a quarter of all people who are homeless, despite only being 2.5% of the population.
While 56% of homeless people are male, the number of women experiencing homelessness has risen significantly. Being over the age of 45, renting and single increases a woman's risk of becoming homeless.
Sadly, children and young people are disproportionately affected by homelessness. In 2010, half of the people who sought help from a specialist homelessness services were under 25, and a third were under 17. Two-thirds of these children were with mothers escaping domestic violence.
No matter what, anyone experiencing homelessness has no doubt experienced some life trauma.
Already, it is clear that many complex factors can lead to someone becoming homeless and that there is not one clear picture of what homelessness looks like. Our aim is to extend the connection, community and care that is often lacking for those experiencing homelessness. Each person is valuable and deserves respect, without us casting judgement. We are here to extend a helping hand.